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