Skin-to-Skin Contact

Benefits of skin-to-skin contact

  • Skin-to-skin contact has been shown to help newborns regulate their body temperature and normalize heart and breathing rate more quickly. 

  • During the close contact the baby is exposed to the same bacteria as the mother, which can protect it against future allergies and infection. 

  • It has also been shown to increase milk production in nursing mothers, and infants breast feed more easily.

Kangaroo care for premature babies 

Premature babies who receive skin-to-skin contact, sometimes called kangaroo care, grow and transition faster and sleep more peacefully. Learn more in Special Care Nursery