Skin-to-Skin Contact

Your newborn will be placed skin-to-skin on your abdomen and dried with a warm towel. You will both be covered with a warm blanket.

These benefits are linked with early skin contact:

  • Babies cry less.
  • Being next to mother's warm skin helps a newborn reach and maintain normal body temperature.
  • Staphylococcus aureus transfers from the skin of the mother to the lungs and stomach of a newborn. This early boost to the immune system helps the infant fight infection.
  • Skin-to-skin holding before breastfeeding helps the baby latch on to the nipple.
  • Most babies are alert and quiet for 1-2 hours right after birth. Bonding is aided by newborn-parent eye contact during this time. The baby is also inclined to turn toward the sound of a parent's voice.

This quiet, alert state is an ideal time for the first lesson in how to breastfeed. We will assist both mother and baby. Look for these hunger cues from your infant:

  • Rooting
  • Mouth opening
  • Lip licking
  • Placing hand in mouth
  • Sucking or chewing on fingers
  • Flexing arms
  • Clenching fists
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