After delivery your baby is placed on your bare chest wearing only a diaper and hat and will be covered with a warm blanket. The baby snuggles on your chest covered with a blanket, just like a kangaroo’s pouch. Studies show that holding a baby skin-to-skin following delivery is the best care for your baby.
Why is Kangaroo Care the Best Care for Mom and Baby?
- Your baby will transition to the outside world more
easily because he can hear your heartbeat and feel your warmth.
- Your baby will cry less and sleep more.
- Your baby will get important antibodies from your skin.
- Your baby will breastfeed more easily.
- Your milk supply will be greater.
- You will feel more confident in caring for your baby.
- You will have better bonding and feelings of closeness.
Is there any reason I can’t hold my baby skin-to-skin immediately after birth?
Sometimes there are medical reasons that keep you from holding your baby in Kangaroo right after delivery. If this is the case, your health care provider will help you start as soon as possible.
Can I hold my baby skin-to-skin if I am not planning on breastfeeding?
Yes. Even if you do not plan to breastfeed, you can hold your baby in Kangaroo Care. Babies and mom benefit from Kangaroo Care. Babies are born wanting to breastfeed, so don’t be surprised if the baby tries to latch on to the breast all by himself. You might change your mind about breastfeeding.
Can dad hold baby skin-to-skin?
Yes. Kangaroo Care is a great way for dad to bond with the new baby. Mom is the best person to provide Kangaroo Care immediately after birth to promote breastfeeding. After the first time, dad can Kangaroo while you shower or sleep or to help calm a fussy baby.
Can I Kangaroo at home?
Yes. Kangaroo Care is good for your baby when you return home. You can Kangaroo at home holding your baby skin-to-skin as often as you like. You and your baby continue to get all of the benefits that you had in the hospital.
Can I hold my baby in Kangaroo if I have twins?
Yes. You can hold both babies skin-to-skin, together or separately.
Can I hold my premature baby skin-to-skin?
Premature babies benefit from being held skin-to-skin. It promotes growth and helps baby regulate temperature, breathing, and heart rate. Your health care provider will work with you when your baby is ready to be held skin-to-skin.
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