Carrying your baby for nine months creates a special and unbreakable bond. After-all, you did provide all the important nutrients and necessities they needed. But once he’s pushed out of the comfort of your womb and into the outside world, creating a bond is even more important. And that’s where skin-to-skin contact comes in. Skin-to-Skin contact gives babies the security and comfort they found in your womb. And even better, it can have a lot of health benefits that can carry onto their infancy. So, here are the top reasons to have skin-to-skin contact with your newborn baby.
Skin-to-skin contact between baby and mom can begin a strong lifetime connection. So, if you can have skin-to-skin contact after birth, it will usually result in your baby’s first breastfeed. This tender moment will help you produce prolactin, the hormone that begins milk production. Skin-to-skin contact also benefits your baby’s growth, digestion, and increase interest in feeding.
Skin-to-Skin contact introduces your baby to the helpful bacteria on your skin. This means that the same bacteria that colonizes you will also colonize the baby. And that will help promote new breast milk that contains antibodies. These antibodies will fight off infections and improve your baby’s immune system.
Skin-to-Skin contact can help the health of premature babies. The warmth and comfort of your skin provides the same level of security they found in the womb. It also helps improve oxygen levels, reduce stress and assist in healthy development.
Engaging in skin-to-skin contact can strengthen the bond between baby and parent. During the first time of contact, the body releases love hormones create a bond. Some of the hormones like oxytocin, and prolactin, help mom be closer to baby. This is beneficial for mom’s in reducing postpartum depression and stress.