How soon after delivery can I breastfeed?
If you feel up to it, you can start breastfeeding as soon as the baby is born. A healthy baby is able to breastfeed in the first hour after birth. Keeping your baby on your chest (called skin-to-skin contact) is the best way to get breastfeeding started. Your labor nurses can help you and your baby get into the right position.
See Breastfeeding Your Baby to learn more.
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Published: October 2020
Last reviewed: October 2020
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