Skin to Skin contact is very important. It helps the baby to get used to life outside the womb and is highly important for supporting mothers to start breastfeeding and to develop a close, loving relationship with there baby So it’s a great idea to keep doing skin to skin with your baby for as long as possible. Immediate benefits of skin to skin includes.
- Helping regulate infant temperature, breathing and heart rate
- It encourages and support breastfeeding by releasing hormones to stimulate milk production.
- Skin to skin contact relaxes mom and baby
- Stimulates digestion and an interest in feeding
- Regulates temperature
Research shows that it helps decreased the stress for mother and baby. Not only will there be less crying , your baby will be able to sleep much longer. It also improves the physical health of mom and baby and it gives them more bonding time by helping baby be aware of a sense or love and warmth. Children who experienced more skin to skin showed better language, cognitive and motor skills.
Have you been doing skin to skin with your baby? It’s not too late to start.