Posted by: babybumper | September 7, 2010

Skin Deep: Benefits of skin-to-skin cuddles

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.”  ~Keith L. Brooks

Skin-to-skin contact does more than just benefit your child in the first hours after delivery. There are also health benefits for mama from having the baby on her skin. As the baby moves his feet and hands against you, hormones are released to contract the uterus. A tightly contracted uterus won’t let blood flow through, and a mom bleeds less. Breastfeeding also causes the uterus to contract. And your baby touching your skin increases milk supply for months, preventing much tribulation and heartache for the mother later!

Cuddling with your bundle of joy unbundled for the first months of life will lead to additional profit. Babies cry less, and are happier the closer they are to you! If your baby is too sleepy to nurse, placing him naked near the food source will wake him up enough to breastfeed. Babies eat better when their skin can feel your skin. Infants who spend time skin-to-skin gain weight better and breastfeed for more months.

Jack Newman, a pediatrician says skin-to-skin contact can make your newborn smarter! The more your baby is kept naked on skin the first few weeks of life, (not just while eating) the better their brain development will be!! Skin-to-skin contact is crucial for certain types of neural development during the first 3-8 weeks of life!

The benefits of skin-to-skin contact are deep and multi-layered. Immediately after birth, mothers bleed less when holding their babies to their skin and produce more milk. In the first few months of life, babies love being naked with mom. They also gain weight better, and have notable neural advancement from relating to mom skin on skin.

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