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The Importance of the First Hour

The Importance of the First Hour

As soon as he’s born, the baby will be placed on your belly or breast for skin-to-skin contact. You will probably be left alone together to get to know each other, as the first hour is a very important time in your baby’s life, when you start the bonding process. Your newborn will instinctively look for his mother’s breast (the burrowing instinct) and if you put your nipple in his mouth, you will find that he will suck instinctively. Putting babies to the breast immediately after birth is not only a good start to the bonding process, but helps stimulate your milk production. What he will be drinking at this stage is colostrums, which is rich in the nutrients and antibodies he needs after birth.


Sarah Horrocks
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