Benefits Of Skin-to-Skin Contact With Newborns

The newborn baby smell… It’s addicting. ” Skin to skin” is immediately bringing baby up to the mother’s chestand not having a blanket or clothing between the two is beneficial and something every woman should do. The first time a parent makes skin to skin contact with their baby is immediately after birth. Doing so boosts parent-baby bonding and makes the baby feel warm and secure. This is called skin to skin or kangaroo care.

If you are a new mom or soon-to-be one, knowing about the benefits of having skin to skin contact with the baby can be insightful.

7. Keeps Baby Warm : Midwifery said:” Mothers can naturally adjust the warmth of their breasts to keep their infants at the optimal temperature. Maternal breast temperaturee can rise rapidly, then fall off as baby is warmed. As the baby starts to cool, the breast heat up again—as much as 2 degrees C in two minutes!” That’s 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Isn’t that incredible?!

6. Regulates Their Breathing & Protection against ɪɴғᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ: Regulates have found that newborn babies who had more skin to skin contact had more stable ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ʀᴀᴛᴇs, ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ and ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ɢʟᴜᴄᴏsᴇ levels than babies who had less. If skin to skin contact with your newborn happens before the baby’s even cleaned off, there’s evidence that he’ll be less prone to ɪɴғᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ because he has more time in contact with the ʙᴇɴᴇғɪᴄɪᴀʟ ʙᴀᴄᴛᴇʀɪᴀ you transmit to him during a ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴀʟ ʙɪʀᴛʜ.

5. Improves Chances Of Breastfeeding: Newborns who are placed on their mother’s chest immediately after birth often begin ‘ crawling’ or nudging themselves toward the breast to begin nursing. Some studies have shown that babies who get plenty of skin to skin contact latch on easier and nurse for longer.

 

4. Reduction in crying : Reseach shows that babies who have skin to skin contact with their mothers immediately after birth tend to cry less than those who don’t. The mother’s touch and warmth reassure the baby, calming them down and making them feel safe.

3. Enhancement of mom-baby communication: The time after a baby’s birth provides an opportunity for parents to learn about their baby’s behavior—signs of hunger, signs of fullness, signs of discomfort , and so on. Having the baby in close skin to skin contact helps to ensure that the mother will learn her baby’s signals sooner, improving communication and boosting maternal confidence as well as helping babies develop a sense of trust and security.

 

2. Enhances bonding: ‘The Golden Hour’ This is a time in which ‘ both mother and child are best primed to form an intense chemical connection with each other,’ writes Patty Onderko, who is a mother of twin boys. What makes ‘The Golden Hour’ so ‘golden’ is the ʜᴏʀᴍᴏɴᴇ ᴏxʏᴛᴏᴄɪɴ- aka the ‘ love ʜᴏʀᴍᴏɴᴇ’. This helps the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs contract during ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, plays a ccritical role in bonding and helps with lactation .

 

Makes Baby Sleep Better: ” Skin to skin contact helps fall asleep more easily and also sleep for a longer period. This allows the new mother to get more rest and reduce stress levels.” This is a major reason why mothers should be resting with their babies on their chest doing skin to skin so they can both sleep more soundly.

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