Kangaroo Care Program
After delivery, your baby is placed on your bare chest wearing only a diaper and hat. 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 Kangaroo Care is Best 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 healthcare 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. Baby and mom both benefit from Kangaroo Care. Babies are born wanting to breastfeed, so don't be surprised if 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, too. Mom is the best person to provide Kangaroo Care immediately after birth to promote breastfeeding, but after that, 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 babies 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 also benefit from being held skin-to-skin. It promotes growth and helps baby regulate temperature, breathing and heart rate. Your healthcare provider will work with you when your baby is ready to be held skin-to-skin.