Susan K. SChulman MD, Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health", explains how labor room routines affect later breastfeeding attempts and success.
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How Labor Room Routines Affect Breastfeeding Success It has been shown that right after birth, babies are naturally prone if you put them flat on their stomach right on top of the mother’s abdomen, they will crawl up to the breast and find the nipple and actually nurse with their nose pointing towards the nipple, face down. And this natural form of the baby latching on and learning to search for the nipple is actually very beneficial in teaching the baby how to breastfeed. But in any case, no matter what position they put the baby in; it’s very beneficial for the baby to breastfeed immediately after the delivery. And this can be even done after a cesarean delivery.