Warmth and bonding

Newborn babies are at increased risk of getting extremely cold. The mother and the baby should be kept skin-to-skin contact, covered with a clean, dry blanket. This should be done immediately after the birth, even before you cut the cord.

The mother's body will keep the baby warm, and the smell of the mother's milk will encourage him or her to suck. Be gentle with a new baby. The first hour is the best time for the mother and baby to be together, and they should not be separated. This time together will also help to start breastfeeding as early as possible.

Last modified: Sunday, 18 May 2014, 7:37 PM