Continuing Skin-to-Skin (Step 4)

 

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Skin-to-skin should be continued at home. Skin-to-skin contact promotes the release of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production. Skin-to-skin = more milk!

Skin-to-skin also promotes the release of oxytocin. This can mom and baby relax during painful procedures for the infant such as a heel stick.

“Place babies in uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour or until completion of the first feeding or as long as the mother wishes; encourage mothers to recognize when their babies are ready to feed, offering help as needed.” (Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, 2011)

Why?

  • Regulates baby’s heart rate, temperature, respirations, and blood glucose
  • Allows for Mom and Baby to bond (this helps with the baby blues and postpartum depression)
  • Encourages early breastfeeding
  • Promotes the release of oxytocin and prolactin in mother promotiong relaxation and milk production

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Skin-to-Skin may also be referred to as Kangaroo Care when caring for premature infants.

 

See Dr. Nil Bergman’s website – an expert in Kangaroo Care

See our section on Skin-to-skin for families. Learn the What? Why? And How?


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