Skin-to-Skin (BFI Step 4)


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Labour is a stressful time for both mother and baby. Skin-to-skin immediately reduces stress and improves breastfeeding success. It is recommended that non-emergency procedures such as weighing or providing medications wait until the completion of the first feeding.

“Place babies in uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour or until completion of the first feeding or as long as the mother wishes; encourage mothers to recognize when their babies are ready to feed, offering help as needed.” (Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, 2011)

  • Regulates baby’s heart rate, temperature, respirations, and blood glucose
  • Allows for Mom and Baby to bond (this helps with the baby blues and postpartum depression)
  • Encourages early breastfeeding
  • Promotes the release of oxytocin and prolactin in mother promotiong relaxation and milk production

To learn more about “The Magical Hour” click here



Skin-to-Skin may also be referred to as Kangaroo Care when caring for premature infants.


See Dr. Nil Bergman’s website – an expert in Kangaroo Care

See our section on Skin-to-skin for families. Learn the What? Why? And How?

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