Importance of Rooming In with your Baby

CDHB Maternity Services supports baby and mother rooming-in together.

Why is rooming-in important?

  • Significant increase in the successful initiation of breastfeeding

  • Promotes successful breastfeeding

  • More likely the baby will be exclusively breastfed

  • Increases the duration of breastfeeding

  • Mother learns to identify baby's cues 

  • Separation is stressful for both mother and baby

  • Babies breastfeed more frequently

  • Decreases the risk of breast engorgement

  • Breastmilk supply increases earlier

  • Mothers produce more milk 

  • Babies gain more weight

  • Decreases jaundice

  • Encourages bonding 

  • Improves the infant's sleep 

  • Rooming-in does not make mothers more tired 

  • Decreases infant's crying (baby will cry more if apart from mother and carers respond less to a baby crying, when baby is out of the mother's room)

  • Any medical procedures will be performed in mother's presence 

  • Reduces the rate of infection by reducing exposure to foreign bacteria 

  • Reinforces (to the mother) her importance to the baby

  • Baby is safer; for instance (in the rare cases) of choking, fire or 'baby-snatching'

Note: do NOT sleep with your baby in bed with you, at hospital or at home.


Keep baby near your bed but not in your bed
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Page last reviewed: 26 January 2015