Maternity Services Monthly Statistics December 2019, experimental statisticsExperimental statistics
- Publication Date:
- 26 Mar 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Country, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Hospital Trusts
- Date Range:
- 01 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
It is recommended that mothers have skin-to-skin contact with their babies after birth to promote the initiation of breastfeeding and protect against the negative effects of mother–baby separation. The MSDS receives data on whether a mother had skin-to-skin contact with their baby within one hour of birth.
Babies' first feed
Breastfeeding contributes to the health of both the mother and child in the short and longer term and it is recommended that women should be made aware of these benefits. The MSDS records whether a baby's first feed was maternal breast milk, donor breast milk or not breast milk.