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We know that holding your baby against your body (skin to skin contact) after the birth will help baby in many ways.
Skin to skin contact is great for:
It is recommended that uninterrupted skin to skin contact after birth should continue until after the first feed.
Immediately after birth, babies who are placed skin to skin on their mother’s chest will:
All babies will follow this process, providing it is not interrupted by, for example, taking the baby away to weigh or the mother going for a shower. Interrupting the process before the baby has done this, or trying to hurry him, is not helpful and may lead to breastfeeding problems.
If your baby is born by caesarean section you should still be able to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after the birth. Some births may involve complications that mean skin-to-skin might be delayed. If this happens, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to breastfeed your baby.
Your midwife will help you have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as soon as it's possible.
Dads can also spend time with baby having skin to skin contact as long as baby is not wanting to be fed. This is a great way for dad and baby to bond!