WHAT IS SKIN-TO-SKIN?
It is carrying the newborn baby on yourself (vertically), skin against skin (baby with diaper, of course!). We can practice skin-to-skin at the hospital at birth or at home afterwards. It is suggested to practice several times a day (about 1 hour) decreasing slowly until about 3 months. The skin-to-skin contact + breastfeeding is best for the baby. It's called " KANGAROO CARE ".
The caring skin to skin contact with Mom or Dad - as often as possible - is recommended by specialists in neonatology. The benefits are often underestimated, like for this little australian baby (article in Today Parent).
...And all other little miracles:
HELP GOOD DEVELOPMENT for “NORMAL” BABY
-Promotes the onset of lactation (and thus Immunization)
-Stimulates the production of "postpartum" hormones
-Stabilizes Baby's temperature
-Reduces insecurity and calm baby after certain procedures
-Install parenting attachment
-Relieves and/or cure minor aches and colics
-Positive effects on cognitive development for the child
IMPORTANT CARE FOR A LOW WEIGHT OR WEAKENED BABY in N.I.C.U
-Reduces risk of infection and mortality
-Accelarate healing and return to normal breathing
-Helps getting relaxed sleep and weight gain
-Reduces anxiety and helplessness for parents
-Reduces the impact of painful procedures
TO SAVE THE LIVES OF LOW WEIGHT and / or WEAKENED BABIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Where new medical technologies or incubators are not available, Kangaroo Care saves the lives of these infants. Continuous skin-to-skin stabilizes baby's temperature and the contact + breastfeeding protects against infections. This soothing contact strengthens the link between the baby and parent.