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5 Essential Tips for a Successful Skin-to-Skin While in the Hospital

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As an expectant mom, you are likely counting down the days until you get to meet your little one.

One moment that many mothers look forward to is the first skin-to-skin contact with their baby after birth. This intimate and special moment can be a bonding experience for both mother and baby and has numerous health benefits for both.

Here are five essential tips to help you have a successful skin-to-skin experience while in the hospital.

1. Start early and continue often

The earlier you start skin-to-skin, the better. Research has shown that starting skin-to-skin within the first hour after birth can have a positive impact on breastfeeding and maternal-infant bonding. Additionally, continuing skin-to-skin contact throughout your hospital stay can further enhance the bond between you and your baby.

2. Get comfortable:

Make sure you are comfortable before starting skin-to-skin. This can mean using pillows or blankets to support your arms and back or finding a comfortable position to hold your baby. Your comfort is important because skin-to-skin can last several hours and you will want to be relaxed and at ease during this time.

3.  Wear Comfortable Clothes

When getting ready for your skin-to-skin experience, make sure to wear comfortable clothing that provides easy access to your chest. A good option is a button-down or wrap shirt, which will allow for easy access for breastfeeding as well. Avoid clothing with tight waistbands or restrictive clothing that may make it difficult to move around comfortably with your baby.

4.  Take your time

Skin-to-skin contact doesn't have to be a brief moment - in fact, the longer you can do it, the better. If possible, try to spend at least an hour or two with your baby, skin-to-skin, as this can help establish a strong bond and provide numerous benefits for both of you. Don't worry if you need to take breaks or if your baby needs to be taken out of the room for a check-up - just pick up where you left off when you're both ready.

5.  Enjoy the moment

Finally, remember that this is a special moment that you'll never get back, so try to relax and enjoy it. Take a deep breath, look into your baby's eyes, and savor this moment of closeness and bonding. This is your time to connect with your new little one, and it's something you'll always cherish.


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