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