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Skin To Skin & Breastfeeding

Holding your baby against your skin straight after birth will calm your baby, steady their breathing and help keep them warm.

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Holding your baby against your skin straight after birth will calm your baby, steady their breathing and help keep them warm. This helps your baby feel safe and secure and helps you bond with each other.

Your baby should stay in skin-to-skin (tummy to tummy) contact with you until the first breastfeed, or for at least an hour, to encourage breastfeeding to occur.

Mama Aroha - breastfeeding basics

Images of Mama Aroha app

The Mama Aroha app provides information about many aspects of breastfeeding. It includes information on the importance of breastfeeding, support for breastfeeding skin to skin, supply and demand feeding, what to expect, feeding cues, latching and positioning, hand expressing and milk storage.

The app is New Zealand based and connects visuals and kupu Māori to provide a more visually informative resource that is easier to understand. For the complete app description, go to the app website, or get the app from Google Play or App Store.

This page last reviewed 02 June 2013.

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