Skin-to-Skin Contact

By Ann Faust,  IBCLC

   In an ideal world you and your baby should not be separated immediately after the birth. As many people believe this is the most important time for the baby to learn about his/her mother and move to the breast and start nursing.


            If you can do this great, if not, try to get the baby to the breast as soon as possible. As a starting point you may like to lay the naked baby (with only the diapers –nappies- on) to your naked chest between your two breasts, with baby’s head turned to the side and his/her belly towards your belly. If you do that with a half-reclining position this may be more comfortable for both you and the baby.  If the weather is cold you can always cover both of you with a light blanket or similar. This is commonly called skin-to-skin contact.


 If you have had a cesarean (c-section) delivery, make sure to protect your stitches with something like a rolled towel. Most babies will start to bob, lick, smell and move towards the nipple and self-attach.



 You can always move the nipple towards the baby to encourage her attachment, too.

            Remember breastfeeding may be uncomfortable when the baby first latches on for the first week or so, but it shouldn’t hurt! If you are in pain please contact a trained lactation professional or your health-care provider immediately.

We really like these two DVDs for the first time nursing families, click for more information;

Dr. Jack Newman&#39s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding DVD Breastfeeding: Mom and I can do that! DVD






The above information is true at the time of update (02/12/2010).

The information on  is for general information only. If you have serious concerns about your baby or breastfeeding, speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.