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Why your baby needs skin to skin care

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Studies show that babies who are placed skin to skin with their moms immediately after birth adjust more quickly from fetal to post birth life. Thermal regulation is a common problem for babies especially those that are born premature. When your baby was in your womb, she or he did not need to regulate her or his own temperature. Skin to skin contact can help them to slowly adapt to their environment.

Skin to skin or “Kangaroo Care” is proven to help moms with breastfeeding. Babies who receive kangaroo care are more likely to nurse sooner and longer. Newborns have a heightened sense of smell—so placing them near your skin can help them easily seek out the nipple and begin breastfeeding.

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It releases the “cuddle hormones” or oxytocin which helps reduce the baby’s stress levels.  When the baby’s stress levels are low, it helps them sleep better.

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Studies show that skin to skin contact helps reduce chances of having postpartum depression. Skin to skin care also helps reduce the stress levels for mommy. The ability to hold, snuggle and smell your baby reactivates intricate hormonal patterns within the mama that reinforce mothering behaviours and feelings of well-being.

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