Why skin-to-skin is so important with your newborn

Skin-to-skin contact with your newborn, a moment unexplained.

The proof is in the research

According to Unicef, skin-to-skin contact is usually referred to as the practice where a baby is dried off and laid directly on his/her mother’s bare chest after birth, both of them covered in a warm blanket and left for at least an hour or until after the first feed.

Extensive research shows that this practice has distinct short and long term advantages for the physical and emotional well-being of your baby.

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/implementing-standards-resources/skin-to-skin-contact/

What are the advantages?

Among the many advantages of this practice, the following can be expected:

  • The baby feels more secure which reduces crying
  • It is the perfect environment to balance a baby’s body temperature
  • Noticeable increase to the calmness for the baby and mother, as skin-to-skin reduces the stress of the birth
  • Skin-to-skin naturally awakens the breastfeeding reflexes
  • Optimal bonding between mother and baby, causing the mother to have an increased sensitivity to the baby’s needs. 

Due to the powerful benefits of this practice and the research showing rock-solid evidence, more and more hospitals are doing this as part of the birthing process.

Maybe we are just returning back to our origins, as this way of after-birthing was completely naturally practiced 100 years ago by midwives.

Building a calmer baby – Unicef

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