Initiating skin-to-skin contact helps keep your newborn warm and secure.
Your baby should be placed skin-to-skin with you right at the time of birth. In fact, some hospitals practice skin-to-skin after C-sections in the operating room. It’s also great for partners to be skin-to-skin with your baby.
- The cream on the newborns’ skin is good for them – it protects their skin from infection and helps keep them warm.
- Most babies are then ready to breastfeed within the first hour.
- Continue to hold your baby skin-to-skin frequently during the first weeks.
- Make sure you can ALWAYS see your baby’s face to look for good color and normal breathing.
Benefits of Skin-to-Skin
Keeps your baby warm
Easier to bond and breastfeed
Helps calm your baby
Easier adjustment for your baby
Keeps your baby’s blood sugar levels up
Helps steady baby’s breathing