Did you know that all mothers and babies, regardless of feeding method, benefit from the enhanced oxytocin, closeness and comfort of Skin-to-Skin contact following birth and during their first feed?
Skin to skin helps transfer skin flora between parent and baby, which is particularly important if your baby had a Caesarean Birth.
Whether you are planning to feed your baby breast milk or formula we recommend that, when ever possible, they experiencing their first feed next to their birthing parent’s skin.
The closeness of this contact allows skin bacteria from mum to be inhaled and then swallowed with the feed helping the colonisation of the gut. As the baby feeds the milk neutralises the acid in the stomach aiding this colonisation process further.
All babies whether breast or bottle fed should have their first feed in skin contact with mum in an unhurried and uninterrupted environment.
Once your baby has had their first feed, after the first hour of life, they can share skin to skin cuddles with other close family members.
Did you know that mothers who plan to formula feed can also express and store their colostrum in pregnancy to give to their baby for the first feed?
We hold weekly colostrum collection drop ins in Guildford and Bordon where storage kits can be purchased and techniques are taught using knitted breasts. You can also lean more about antenatal expression and storage of colostrum via the leaflet in your Maternity Notes App
Ask your midwife about the benefits of skin to skin and colostrum and how to incorporate them in to your birth preferences.
You can also learn more about skin to skin at one of our FREE Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes or our paid Babycare Workshop (both included in Complete Package)
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