Getting to know your new arrival

You will probably spend a large part of the first few days after birth looking at your baby. You’ll notice every detail – the colour and texture of their hair, the shape of their hands and feet, and the different expressions on their face.

If you notice anything that worries you, however small, ask your midwife.

You should take the time to enjoy these early days. Everyone will been keen to see the new mum and baby but it is important that you take plenty of time to rest and bond with each other. New babies can become unsettled being passed around and away from mum for long periods. If your breastfeeding you may feel uncomfortable feeding in front of people while your still getting to grips with this new skill and put off feeding which can disrupt the establishment of breastfeeding.

 Where possible try to schedule your visitors into a block e.g. 1400-1600. Ask them to run the hoover round or fold the laundry. If you are visiting a new mum, remember they will be tired and would probably appreciate a meal brought round or having a cup of tea made for them!

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