Skin to skin and breastfeeding

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Skin to skin and breastfeeding

Holding your baby against your skin straight after birth will calm your baby, steady their breathing and help keep them warm.

Holding your baby against your skin straight after birth will calm your baby, steady their breathing and help keep them warm. This helps your baby feel safe and secure and helps you bond with each other.

Your baby should stay in skin-to-skin (tummy to tummy) contact with you until the first breastfeed, or for at least an hour, to encourage breastfeeding to occur.

This page last reviewed 02 June 2013.
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