SKIN-TO-SKIN CARE | Read about 10 benefits in this post👇🏽
If possible, mothers and their babies should be in direct contact for at least the first 1–2 'magical' hours after birth. In skin-to-skin care, the baby is naked (or wears a diaper), and is placed on the mother’s bare chest, between her breasts. A blanket could be draped over both of them for warmth. If the mother is unable to provide skin-to-skin care, then the father can step in.
During those 40 weeks, babies are as close to their moms as they can be—getting warmth, food, protection, and oxygen from their mother’s body. After birth, babies suddenly find themselves without immediate access to those essential needs. So it's not surprising that study after study has shown a lot of benefits for babies who experience skin-to-skin care. When babies are held naked against their mother’s skin, it is the closest they can get to being back in the warmth and security of the womb.
So here are 10 benefits of skin-to-skin care:
1. Improvement in heart and lung function.
2. Stabilization of body temperature.
3. Regulation of blood sugar.
4. Initiation of breastfeeding.
5. Transfer of good bacteria.
6. Reduction in crying.
7. Relief from pain.
8. Enhancement of mom-baby communication.
9. Easy transition from the womb.
10. Boost in maternal-child bonding.
Within minutes, you will see the benefits of skin-to-skin care become evident as both mother and baby relax. The baby’s body temperature, breathing, and heart rate stabilize. Studies have shown that benefits of skin-to-skin care during infancy persist for years. So hold your baby close from the start, consider using a baby wrap and continue to keep her close throughout infancy. Those little fingers won't be little forever..
P.s. This is good for the baby and dad bonding as well! You can’t spoil those little newborns enough with this ✨