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).