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)
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
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?