Should I put my baby to the breast as soon as she's handed to me after the birth?
Holding your baby close to you as soon as possible after the birth is usually recommended, if this is possible. Skin to skin cuddling is advised, so that your baby is close to your breast. If the baby roots for your nipple, then that's fine. Some babies will latch on instinctively, while others may just have a sniff and lick the nipple. But don't be too worried if he/she does not want to latch on straight away. Babies are born with enough nutrients to last them a few hours before being hungry.
Ref: Breastfeeding and breast milk. Vital for our species - O & G, vol 9, no 3, Spring 2007, pp 38-40 Hogan M; Duursma L; Hansson D - (2007)
MIDIRS Informed choice leaflet; No.7 breastfeeding or bottle feeding