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Baby's first feed

Holding your baby with their skin next to your skin immediately after birth will calm and relax you and your baby.

Skin-to-skin contact with your baby in the first hour after birth can help get the first feed off to a good start. In this position Mum and baby instinctively do many of the things that make it easy to feed:

  • baby is held close to the breast
  • mum and baby feel calm and relaxed
  • mum strokes baby’s hands and feet
  • baby gradually moves towards the breast and latches on

Most babies are alert and anxious to suck after birth however some may be a little slower to do so. Each baby is an individual and unique. You and your baby may start the first feed by yourselves or you may need a little help and guidance from your midwife.