The most important thing after the delivery is for your baby and you or your partner to have skin to skin contact.
Skin to skin contact right after the delivery
The most important thing after the delivery is for your baby and you or your partner to have skin to skin contact (make sure your baby has a blanket over her*). Your baby will love feeling her bare skin against yours. A great bonding experience. She will calm down, because it is a pleasant way of getting to the right temperature, because she smells your scent and because she loves cuddling, caressing and hearing your voice. Your baby has a greater chance of finding the breast herself. (Within the first hour after birth, this causes higher oxytocin levels, which makes the placenta easier to detach (Breastfeeding Guidelines, 2011)).
Breastfeeding the first day after birth
The baby will want to drink often, up to 12 times a day. But nausea and/or fatigue may reduce the need during the first 24 hours and she may sleep a lot. Nothing to worry about. You can put her to your breast when she wakes up from her deep sleep or makes some noise or starts to stick her tongue out of her mouth and make movements with her tongue.
Do not worry if you think she is not getting very much food. Colostrum (the first milk) is highly concentrated and nutritious. A small dose is enough to fill your baby's tiny stomach. If latching on does not work immediately, express some milk manually and let your baby lick it off your breast or off your finger.
In the first 24 hours, do not give your baby any formula food or fluids, unless the hospital or the midwife have instructed you otherwise.
*the use of the word “her” also refers to “him” in the text of the entire website. This choice is made for readability