Health Tip: Holding Your Infant Skin to Skin
May provide added warmth
(HealthDay News) -- Skin-to-skin contact is comforting for newborns, who are still adjusting to the world around them. Even with just a few minutes of skin-to-skin care (holding an undressed baby next to your bare skin) can offer big benefits.
The American Academy of Pediatrics mentions these potential rewards:
- Increased warmth for baby.
- A more stable heartbeat and steadier breathing.
- An increase in deep sleep time.
- Less crying.
- More weight gain.
- An increased desire to breast-feed.