Skin to skin

What is skin to skin?

Skin to skin is simply holding your baby next to your skin.  This helps baby to feel warm and calm, will steady their breathing and is a great way to bond with your baby. 

All mothers and babies should have the opportunity to have skin-to-skin contact straight after birth. It's also a great time to start your first breastfeed because your baby will be alert and keen to feed.  Skin to skin also encourages milk production.

Skin-to-skin contact is good at any time. It will help to comfort you and your baby over the first few days and weeks as you get to know each other.

Skin-to-skin after a caesarean

If your baby is born by caesarean section, you should still be able to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after the birth. Some births involve complications that mean skin-to-skin may be delayed. If this happens, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to breastfeed your baby. Your midwife will help you have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as soon as it's possible


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