Music therapy, according to recent studies, seems to favor the relaxation of the mother and the newborn during the takings.
Not all babies respond in the same way to what kind of music, but with the right environmental conditions and music, babies and their mothers make the experience of breastfeeding pleasant and successful.
Breastfeeding is an art that requires practice.
Many mothers find it difficult to breastfeed for the first time: the baby does not hold on to the nipple, the milk takes longer to rise, painful wounds are generated on the nipples.
However, with a little bit of perseverance and adequate conditions, the experience of breastfeeding ends up being very positive. In this process of adaptation, in which the mother and the baby are inexperienced, music therapy plays an essential role helping both to relax and to be at ease.
In the Sound Identity (ISO) the sonorous-vibrational experiences of pregnancy, childbirth come together and later life.
Music therapy is the field of medicine that studies the complex sound-human being. It uses movement, sound and music with the aim of opening channels of communication that produce therapeutic, psycho-prophylactic and rehabilitation effects in oneself and in society.
It is known that breastfeeding has multiple benefits for both the baby and the mother.
The initiatives in defense of this practice are multiple but perhaps the most important is the World Breastfeeding Week (SMLM), which was established by the WHO / UNICEF in 1992. It is celebrated in more than 120 countries, from August 1 to 7, although in Europe, being a typical holiday period in August, the week 41 of the year is usually held by mutual agreement.
In such an important moment of life as is pregnancy, childbirth and upbringing; music therapy and, in general, the art therapy methods that cultivate listening to oneself, towards the couple and towards the baby play a very significant role, as pointed out by Helene Faber-Rod, a psychologist trained in art therapy.
“These methods used during childbirth preparation also create a good preparation for breastfeeding, where listening to it and the baby plays such an important role,” explains Helene.
Recent studies, carried out in Valle del Nalón Hospital (Asturias) by Salomé Suárez and Luz Mª Loredo, demonstrate that music therapy stimulates breastfeeding by favoring the relaxation of the mother and baby.
These researchers took into consideration the existence of a Sound Identity (ISO) that characterizes and individualizes each human being. In it, the phylogenetic and ontogenetic peculiarities of each individual converge, as well as the sound-vibrational experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and subsequent life.
Good results in 95% of cases in the absence of case-control studies that determine the magnitude of the effect of music therapy on breastfeeding, the tests carried out on 22 mothers during the first days of life of the babies are very revealing.
After obtaining his consent, an open response pre-intervention survey was administered related to maternal personal data and some characteristics of his sonic identity.
Afterwards, a sheet was prepared for the observation of the response to the music of the mother’s son dyad during lactation.
And, finally, a new maternal post-intervention survey was administered related to the characteristics of breastfeeding.
The sounds of nature and ambient music worked.
Mozart, however, made two babies get turned on instead of relaxing
The results obtained were, with respect to the maternal sound identity, that 66% do not remember the music that their mother sang and 97% listened to music before and during pregnancy.
67% like to sing but only 9% sang to the baby during pregnancy. 95% establish a good emotional relationship during music therapy sessions.
Only in 9% of the cases there were indirect signs of poor breastfeeding technique.
90% of the mothers in the group decided to breastfeed.
As Salomé told the Asturian press, “all the women who took the shots listening to this music had more facility to feed their children with breast milk.
It is a circle that closes on itself: the music numbs the babies, who stop crying.
This relaxes mothers and eliminates their anxiety when breastfeeding; as they are less tense, their heart rate decreases and that also calms the babies, who perceive the heartbeat of their mothers while they are nursing.
Of course, music therapy is not an exact science and you have to try out what music is best for each baby.
In fact, in this study it turned out that, in general, the sounds of nature and ambient music worked well.
Mozart, however, caused two babies to get excited instead of relaxing and Fito and the Fitipaldis invariably numbed one of them.
In any case, the research concludes that the new health systems should include music therapy as a complementary therapy to acts doctors, to promote humanization and comfort.
It is very beneficial, in addition, that these activities begin before birth, with preparation for childbirth and the involvement of both partners.
“Experience shows that the more the father participates in childbirth preparation, the more he can support and give emotional support to the woman during and after it.
And the emotional support of the couple helps the woman to bond with the baby and also to develop the art of breastfeeding, “explains Helene.