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Skin to skin contact important

Skin to skin contact between you and your baby is beneficial to you both at any time. It is particularly important immediately following birth, no matter whether you intend to breastfeed or formula feed.

Skin to skin contact important

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Skin to skin contact between you and your baby is beneficial to you both at any time.  It is particularly important immediately following birth, no matter whether you intend to breastfeed or formula feed.

Holding your baby against your skin (tummy to tummy) straight after birth will steady their breathing and help to keep them warm.  It is also a great way to calm your baby and let you both get to know each other. The more time you spend in skin to skin contact the quicker this will happen.

This page last reviewed 02 June 2013.
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