There is a growing body of evidence that skin-to-skin contact after the birth helps babies and their mothers. The practice: calms and relaxes both mother and baby. regulates the baby’s heart rate and breathing, helping them to better adapt to life outside the womb.
How long can you do skin-to-skin with your baby?
Families are encouraged to practice Skin-to-Skin for an uninterrupted 60 minutes during the first 12 weeks and beyond. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends Skin-to-Skin be given as long as possible and as frequently as possible during the post partum period, which is typically defined as the first 3 months of life.
Is skin-to-skin important for babies?
Keep your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible. Snuggling gives you and your baby the best start for breastfeeding. Eight different research studies have shown that babies who have had the benefit of skin-to-skin breastfeed better. They also continue to keep nursing an average of six weeks longer.
Is it okay for newborn to sleep on my chest?
While having a baby sleep on mother’s (or father’s) chest whilst parents are awake has not been shown to be a risk, and such close contact is in fact beneficial, sleeping a baby on their front when unsupervised gives rise to a greatly increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) also known as cot death.
Can baby sleep skin-to-skin?
Newborns should be placed skin-to-skin with their mother as soon after birth as possible, at least for the first hour. After that, or when the mother needs to sleep or cannot do skin-to-skin, babies should be placed on their backs in the bassinet.
Can I wear a bra during skin-to-skin?
Use a sling, a harness-style carrier, a wrap, or some other type of baby carrier to keep your baby close throughout the day. To enhance skin-to-skin contact, keep your baby in a diaper and touch your baby often. Moms can consider wearing a bra or tank top when they can.