As soon as possible, hold your baby “skin-to-skin” after a vaginal or cesarean birth.
Skin-to-skin means putting your naked baby on your bare chest, with a cover over both of you to keep you warm and cozy.
Babies who are held skin-to-skin:
Hold your baby skin-to-skin on the first day and offer your breast frequently. This will help your baby to wake up. Hand express milk onto your baby's lips. This will help your baby latch.
When your baby is learning to breastfeed, 'baby-led latching' is very helpful. This is a natural and simple way for your baby to find your breast, after birth or any time you are breastfeeding. It is also called 'laid-back breastfeeding'.
|Start to breastfeed within the first hour of your baby's birth.|
The first time you breastfeed you may want a nurse or your midwife to help you. It may take several tries to get your baby latched on correctly and comfortably. Making sure you have a good latch is the best way to avoid problems such as sore nipples.
Since breastfeeding is a new skill, you may need help until you are feeding comfortably. A member of your health care team is always available to help and support you.