The benefits of skin to skin contact from both mother and baby continue to amaze the scientific establishment!
As the data comes in, scientific findings show us that skin to skin contact is not only important for newborns immediately after birth and beyond. It is also extremely helpful both physically and psychologically for mommy! The list of benefits goes on and on. Mommies who practice skin to skin contact with their newborns heal more quickly. They have improved milk supply. They tend to be healthier mentally! All in all skin to skin contact improves health and wellness for mommies and babies. Please look into this subject. You will find incredible support!
FROM THE NUROO WEBSITE: CLOSEST TO MOM, BEST FOR BABY
Benefits for Mothers
- REDUCES THE RISK OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
Kangaroo Care increases the levels of maternal oxytocin, which serves to restore mom’s pre-pregnancy hormonal levels and reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
- INCREASES MILK PRODUCTION
Studies have shown that moms who practice Kangaroo Care from the start are more likely to continue exclusive breastfeeding when they bring baby home. The surge in maternal oxytocin and prolactin levels in the early hours after birth appear to have long-term effects in increased milk production. Moms who experience breastfeeding difficulties are likely to see near-immediate improvements by practicing Kangaroo Care for at least 60 minutes per session, 1-2 times a day.
- SPEEDS UP RECOVERY TIME
Increased levels of maternal oxytocin are released while mom is holding baby in Kangaroo Care, which in turn…
- Reduces blood pressure
- Lowers cortisol levels (stress hormone)
- Reduces postpartum bleeding
- Increases pain tolerance
- PROMOTES PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL BEING
The increased levels of maternal oxytocin, a natural hormone that creates a “relaxation and well-being” response, aids in mom responding with nurturing and affectionate behaviors toward her baby. Mom is more sensitive and aware of her baby’s needs and feels more confident about her parenting skills.