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The Power of Skin-to-Skin

Mother's body is baby's natural habitat

According to research, full term babies who are kept skin-to-skin with their mothers

  • are more likely to latch on and breastfeed well
  • cry up to ten times less
  • have more stable temperatures and higher blood sugars
  • have pain relief when having painful procedures done

Research shows that premature babies who spend time skin-to-skin have many benefits like:

  • Fewer heartbeat and breathing irregularities
  • Better oxygen levels and maintenance of body temperature
  • Less reaction to painful procedures
  • Lower levels of stress hormones
  • Earlier discharge from the hospital and greater likelihood full breastfeeding at discharge
  • A better parent-child relationship

This poster is based on information from the book “Breastfeeding Made Simple” by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett  New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2005 used with permission.