Precious cargo on board: Beyonc cradles baby Blue Ivy as she and Jay-Z step out with their daughter publicly for first time

Precious cargo on board: Beyonc cradles baby Blue Ivy as she and Jay-Z step out with their daughter publicly for first time

Beyonc appeared every bit the doting mother as she cradled her daughter Blue Ivy Carter during a lunch outing today in New York.

It was the first time the newborn has been seen in public and her mother made sure to protectively wrap her arms around the infant.

The singer dressed casually in black leather trousers, sunglasses and boots. She wore a black cap on her head to keep warm.

Family day out: Beyonc and husband Jay-Z were spotted publicly with their newborn daughter for the first time today in New York

Family day out: Beyonc and husband Jay-Z were spotted publicly with their newborn daughter Blue Ivy Carter for the first time today in New York

Blue Ivy was wrapped in a black baby blanket, with what appeared to be a black scarf covering her face.

Beyonc was accompanied by husband Jay-Z and a team of bodyguards who kept close watch over the family as they emerged from Sant Ambroeus cafe and espresso bar in the West Village.

Eyewitnesses say the new mother wasn't feeling well and the family left after only 30 minutes.

Protective: Beyonc wrapped her arms around Blue Ivy as she walked out of the restaurant

Protective: Beyonc wrapped her arms around Blue Ivy as she walked out of the restaurant

First candid photos: Beyonc had not been pictured in public with her new daughter until today

First candid photos: Beyonc had not been pictured in public with her new daughter until today

Stand back: A bodyguard escorted the couple out of the cafe

Stand back: A bodyguard escorted the couple out of the cafe

The 30-year-old singer and Jay-Z
surprised fans earlier this month by sharing the first pictures of their
offspring on the internet.

The proud parents posted a series of intimate portraits of their beloved daughter, who was born just over a month ago.

Instead of selling their first baby pictures to a glossy magazine for millions of dollars, the music megastar couple decided to take control posting snaps of Blue to a tumblr blog.

Proud mother: Beyonc and Jay-Z posted pictures of their daughter Blue Ivy to a blog they have created for the newborn

Proud mother: Beyonc and Jay-Z posted pictures of their daughter Blue Ivy to a blog they have created for the newborn

In one picture, the Halo star is seen beaming into the camera while she holds her daughter in her arms.

The proud parents set up a blog that shows the intimate family snaps along with a message.

It read: 'We welcome you to share in our joy. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives. The Carter Family.'