Breastfeeding your baby immediately after birth is not only provides your baby with adequate nutrition until your breast milk comes in. There are also benefits that help moms too. When searching for a doctor, during your very first prenatal appointment find out if your midwife or doctor allows you to immediately breastfeed your baby during routine vaginal births. C-section births are usually handled differently than vaginal births, it is important to ask how your doctor handles breastfeeding, in case you have to have a c-section. If you do have a C-section, it is important that you try to nurse your baby as soon as possible, preferably within the first hour of birth.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. The opinions reflected in this post are my own and based upon my own experiences with breastfeeding my babies immediately after giving birth.
What are some of the benefits of immediate breast feeding:
- Helps Your Uterus Contract Which Helps Deliver the Placenta
- Releases Oxytocin Which Help Mother and Baby Bond Immediately
- Stimulates Breast Milk Production
- Many Moms Breastfeed Longer and Have a Higher Success Rate
- The Baby’s Sucking Helps Release Mom’s Built Up Tense From Labor and Delivery
- Helps Regulate Baby’s Body Temperature and Keeps Him/Her Warm