Your bare chest is the best place for your baby to adjust to life outside the womb. Your baby smells you, hears you, feels you and gets to know you. Skin-to-skin contact means holding yo...ur bare baby against your bare chest or tummy.
Skin-to-skin babies stay warmer, are calmer and breastfeed better than babies who are swaddled or wrapped. Skin-to-skin is soothing for your baby.
The first hours of snuggling skin-to-skin help you and your baby bond and get to know each other. Hold your baby belly-down on your chest or tummy immediately after birth until after the first feeding (approximately 2 hours later).
Be sure to let your health care provider know, before you go into labour, that you would like to hold your baby skin-to-skin right after birth until you are done the first feeding.
Keep cuddling skin-to-skin as often as possible in the months after birth. The benefits of skin-to-skin for bonding and breastfeeding continue long after the first weeks. Skin-to-skin is also better for babies born prematurely or by Caesarean birth. If you haven’t held your baby skin-to-skin yet, start now! It’s not too late.