Delayed Newborn Bathing After Birth Helps Breastfeeding

Many babies are washed soon after they take their first breath, but new evidence shows it’s best to wait before that trip to a tiny tub.

Delaying a healthy newborn’s first bath for at least 12 hours after birth increases the odds of the mother exclusively breastfeeding her baby during her hospital stay, a study published Monday in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing found.

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