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Breast­feed­ing can be helped along with plenty of skin-on-skin con­tact be­tween a mother and her baby. Plac­ing a naked baby on her mum – or dad’s – bare chest im­me­di­ately af­ter birth cre­ates a bond be­tween par­ent and child. Re­search shows close phys­i­cal con­tact helps to calm ba­bies, lead­ing them to de­velop more set­tled sleep pat­terns and en­cour­ag­ing suc­cess­ful breast­feed­ing, since a calm baby is more likely to at­tach well.

Con­tinue with skin-to-skin con­tact as your baby grows. Do this by mas­sag­ing your baby with a rich, pro­tec­tive mois­turiser or bathing with your baby us­ing a mild cleanser. Try QV Cream ($13.20 for 250g) or QV Bath Oil ($11.20 for 250ml).

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