Posted on 04-20-2017
By now, most mothers have heard how important “skin to skin” is for infants. But why is it so important for a baby to have skin contact with their mother, and father? Before we get into the benefits, how about quick little history lesson. Columbian neonatologists Edgar Rey and Hector Marinez tested skin-to-skin back in 1979 when they did not have enough incubators for the premature babies at the hospital. As a solution they decided to keep the baby warm by wrapping them up together with their mothers. The doctors noticed the babies thriving from simply being on their mother's chest and named their technique “Kangaroo Mother Method”.
So why were the doctors finding such success in their new method? Physician Nils Bergman
says nature takes over in this method. “It stimulates a specific part of the newborn brain, so that two things happen. The baby will move to the breast, self-attach and feed; and secondly, the baby will open his eyes and gaze at his mother.” These two responses promote development not only physically, but also emotionally and socially.
Skin-to-skin contact is not only a magically experience for the babies, but most mother's will also tell you a special bond is created when skin-to-skin is implemented into daily routines. We encourage all mother's to make skin-to-skin a priority during early development. Here are a few more benefits of skin-to-skin contact:
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