Skin-to-Skin

Why Skin-to-skin?

Studies show the mother-child bond is critical for Baby’s growth and development. Skin-to-skin is one of the best ways to learn about your baby and begin the important process of bonding with your newborn. The skin-to-skin contact allows the mother to receive communication cues that are important to breastfeeding.

  1. The best start for baby and parents is skin-to-skin, not just for breastfeeding and nutritional benefits, but also to SUPPORT baby’s brain development in the first eight weeks of life.
  2. In fact, breastfeeding benefits are 10 PERCENT NUTRITIONAL AND 90 PERCENT DEVELOPMENTAL thanks to the power of skin-to-skin contact.
  3. EITHER PARENT’S SKIN WILL DO: skin-to-skin provides a safe, warm place where the baby’s brain begins to make positive connections with its parents and the world.
  4. Give your child an HOUR OR MORE OF SKIN-TO-SKIN contact each day with either parent. This closeness is one of the BEST WAYS TO LEARN about your baby and develop a bond that will last a lifetime.
  5. Skin-to-skin also BENEFITS THE MOM it releases oxytocin a calming hormone that reduces depression.
  6. SKIN-TO-SKIN HELPS the child’s temperature, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates maintain healthy balances.
  7. The ABC’s of skin-to-skin PARENTING BENEFITS:
    1. AFFECTION
    2. BETTER BONDING
    3. CONFIDENCE
    4. DECREASES ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
    5. EMOTIONAL HEALING CAN OCCUR SOONER