Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact
Studies show that the more moms do skin-to-skin contact with their baby, the more likely they are to breastfeed for longer. Here are some of the many other benefits of skin-to-skin contact:
- It promotes bonding between mom and baby.
- It helps release hormones that help mom’s uterus get back to its normal size quicker. That means less bleeding for mom.
- Mom’s milk supply goes up.
- Mom’s pain goes down.
- Baby stays warm.
- Baby’s heart rate, breathing, and temperature level out.
- Mother’s heart rate, breathing, and temperature level out.
- Mom passes immunities on to the baby, so baby gets sick less.
- It calms mom and baby which means baby cries less.
- Since the baby is calmer and not moving as much, there will be less risk of low blood sugar.