Breastfeeding skin to skin and skin to skin benefits
Skin To Skin Benefits
What is skin to skin contact with baby?
Skin on skin contact is when mothers and babies are put together
with their skin touching (no blanket or clothing in-between them), while
they are breastfeeding. You can also lay baby on your abdomen or chest
during other times, when you are not breastfeeding.
Skin to skin after birth
Early “Skin on skin” contact between mom and baby after birth
should be encouraged even if mom has had a c-section...they can spend
this time together while mom is being stitched up. Unless medically
necessary, things like suctioning and vitamin K injections can wait
until baby has latched on for the first time.
What are the benefits of skin to skin contact between mom and baby?
The importance of skin to skin contact…
- Baby is usually more content and cries less. Baby skin to skin
feels safe and can hear mom’s heartbeat…which is familiar to him.
- With skin to skin baby will have a temperature that is more stable
- Babies heart rates have been found to be more normal
- A skin to skin newborn baby’s blood sugar is regulated.
- Bonding between mom and baby
is increased and many moms find that they more easily recognize their babies needs.
- Newborn skin to skin contact after birth gets baby familiar with mom’s bacteria which helps prevent allergic diseases.
- One of the major skin to skin benefits is for premature babies. “skin
to skin” contact with preemies can actually reduce the need for extra
- Babies who are kept [skin on skin] for an hour after birth are more
likely to latch on without help. Read more on an amazing thing called
the breast crawl, where it is shown in a video, how a baby latches on
Watch the skin on skin video
- Skin to skin and breastfeeding ~ Babies who are kept close to mom (“skin to skin contact” and kangaroo care –
breastfeeding in a sling
) are more likely to breastfeed exclusively and much longer.
- Babies who are close to mom in this way usually have a more rhythmic breathing pattern.
- Babies who are kept close to mom with skin on skin breastfeeding,
usually breastfeed more often and this promotes a good milk supply.
- Skin to skin bonding ~ The physical contact will help mom produce more
of the hormone oxytocin which will help with milk let down and bonding.
- Many moms have reported a decrease in breast engorgement pain during
the first few days with lots of [skin to skin] contact and skin to skin
Visit www.nurture-through-touch.com and read about the importance of baby massage.
Early skin to skin contact is so very important and the skin to skin
benefits speak for themselves, the importance of skin to skin contact
goes far beyond just success with breastfeeding, but has proven itself
as a way of calming and medicating babies, especially those who are sick
Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with this page on skin to skin benefits
- Breastfeeding with a sling
- Baby wearing
- Exclusive breastfeeding
- Co Sleeping
- Comfort nursing
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Site by BFeeding Mamma, Tracy Behr, Studying through Child birth international (CBC, CBD), Author and Mommy of two.