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Delaying newborn baths increases rates of breastfeeding

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While it has been standard practice for decades to whisk newborns off to a bath within the first few hours of their birth, a new Cleveland Clinic study found that waiting to bathe a healthy newborn 12 or more hours after birth increased the rate of breastfeeding exclusivity during the newborn hospital stay. The paper was published Jan. 21 in the Journal for Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.

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