The First Hours


Skin-to-Skin Contact

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.
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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

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First Hours/SKIN TO SKIN

Skin to skin contact helps to keep your baby’s blood sugar normal and breathing steady.

Skin-to-skin helps calm your baby and keeps them warm and secure.