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Newborn contact important

17th August 2006

17082006_mother&newborn1.jpgExpert midwives have said that mothers of newborn babies should be allowed to hold their new offspring for at least one hour after birth in order to aid bonding, breastfeeding and infection resistance.

The practice in hospitals of removing the baby soon after birth for cleaning and weighing should be stopped, with an hour of skin-to-skin contact between mother and child allowed first said Dr Mary Price, who lectures in Midwifery at the University of Salford.

Babies have a natural urge to find food after birth, and the contact will aid breastfeeding. The contact with bacteria on the mother's skin is also said to be beneficial, stimulating the immune system of the baby.


 

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