Skin-to-skin contact is when your baby is placed naked against your or another caregiver's bare skin. (Your baby may have a hat and diaper.)
The first hour with your baby is a special time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the first hour of a baby's life is spent with uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with mom. Skin-to-skin can be done after a vaginal or Cesarean birth.
Routine medical care can be done while your baby cuddles with you. Some care can wait and be done at a later time.
Your support person can hold and bond with your baby skin-to-skin too. It is a wonderful way to be a special part of your new baby's life.
You are encouraged to hold your baby skin-to-skin as often as you can in the first hours and weeks to come.
Your baby will give you cues when she is hungry:
Having your baby stay in your room will make it easier to watch for the following feeding cues.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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