The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that your baby be placed skin-to-skin for at least the first hour after birth.
Routine medical care can be done while your baby cuddles with you. Some care can wait and be done at a later time.
You are encouraged to hold your baby skin-to-skin as often as possible in the hours and weeks to come. The AAP says it will continue to give your baby important physical and psychological advantages.
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.
There are times when skin-to-skin cuddling may not be possible. For example, if you or your baby has health problems after birth. The nurse will help you or your support person to reunite with your baby and have skin-to-skin time as soon as possible.
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.
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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.)
Skin-to-skin contact helps encourage a good milk supply and helps forge a bond.
Skin-to-skin time reduces crying and helps promote bonding between you and your baby.