Skin to Skin | Kangaroo Care

Newborn babies can be soothed by skin-to-skin contact with their parents. The soothing feeling of skin-to-skin contact helps newborns regulate their body temperature, breathing, and heart rate and helps in their growth and development. It’s also a wonderful way to bond with your newborn.

What is skin-to-skin contact?

Skin-to-skin contact, or kangaroo care, is a common care method for newborns. Mothers or fathers can hold their baby on their chest without clothing, having skin-to-skin contact. The baby can hear and feel his or her parent's breathing and voice, which soothes them. Skin-to-skin contact can help a baby adjust to life outside the womb.

What babies receive skin-to-skin contact?

Any infant can benefit from skin-to-skin contact.

All parents can use skin-to-skin contact to promote bonding and good health of their baby.

Skin-to-skin contact benefits growth and development

 Skin-to-skin contact can:

  • Increase breast milk production in mother

  • Increase bonding between parents and their baby

  • Regulate heart rate and temperature

  • Regulate sleeping patterns

  • Promote weight gain

  • Promote healthy feeding habits

  • Decrease stress in mother

  • Decrease infection risks

  • Decrease crying

  • Decrease hospital stay

Ask your provider how skin-to-skin care can benefit your newborn and what you can do to help.

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