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  1. Wellcome- Introduction

  2. Before the Birth
    Pandemic pregnancy
  3. Can I get vaccinated during pregnancy?
  4. Keeping well in pregnancy
    2 Topics
  5. Caesarean section
    2 Topics
  6. What happens straight after your baby is born?
    2 Topics
  7. After The Birth
    What happens in labour and birth
  8. Labour and birth
  9. Newborn essentials
    2 Topics
  10. Your newborn
  11. The Power of Breast Feeding
  12. Feeding
    Milk Allergies
  13. Feeding twins
  14. How to breastfeed
    4 Topics
  15. Lifestyle and breastfeeding
    1 Topic
  16. The Chances Of My Newborn Getting Sick
  17. Breastfeeding problems
    3 Topics
  18. Newborn screening tests
    2 Topics
  19. Nappy Rashes
  20. Is Side Sleeping Safe for My Baby?
  21. My Baby Won't Stop. What can I do?
  22. Newborn Tests
    My Baby Doesn't Sleep?
  23. Newborn Care
    Feeling depressed
    2 Topics
  24. Barriers to Getting Vaccinated
  25. Rights and benefits for parents
    1 Topic
  26. New parents
    5 Invaluable Tips for New Parents
  27. Bow legs and Knock knees
  28. Behaviour and oppositional defiance
  30. Ear infections in children
  31. Services for support for parents
    Gaming Addiction
  32. Home Nebulisers
  33. Is Side Sleeping Safe for My Baby?
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Skin-to-skin contact

Having skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after giving birth will help to keep them warm and calm and steady their breathing.


  • Skin-to-skin means holding your baby without clothes or dressed only in a nappy against your skin, usually under your top or under a blanket.
  • Skin-to-skin time can be a special bonding experience for you and your baby. It’s also an ideal great time to have your first breastfeed. If you need any help, your midwife will support you with positioning and breast attachment.
  • Skin-to-skin contact is good at any time. It will help you and your baby relax over the first few days and weeks as you get to know each other. It also helps your baby attach to your breast using their natural crawling and latching-on reflexes.
  • You’ll still be able to bond with and breastfeed your baby if skin-to-skin contact is delayed for some reason, for example, if your baby needs to spend some time in special care or warm up in an incubator is they are cold.
  • If necessary, the midwife or nursery staff will show you how to express your breast milk until your baby is ready to breastfeed. They can also help you have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as soon as it’s possible. 

Skin-to-skin after a caesarean

If your baby is delivered by caesarean, you should still be able to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after delivery