WHAT IS MEANT BY “SKIN-TO-SKIN?
I love this topic and I hope you do too. I remember when I was pregnant with my littles ones, I used to hear the common term Kangaroo care. Nowadays we here more so about. skin to skin is a topic I never heard much about during my pregnancies during the 1980’s -1990’s. It simply means putting your baby close to you after delivery on your chest. Amazing things happen when you do this with your baby.
During Skin-to-skin your baby is placed belly-down, on your chest, right after birth. This truly is the best time to get to know your baby. Some women do not allow visitors during their first few days due to the precious time they prefer to spend with their baby. You can also Skin to skin standing with only a bra on and your baby with just the diaper /pampers on. You Keep baby covered with a warm blanket as he gets comfortable on your chest.
This act immediately brings lots of joy, warmth, and love between you and baby. Yes its a love connection going on. covers him or her with a warm blanket, and gets your baby settled on your chest. The first hours of snuggling skin-to-skin let you and your baby get to know each other. They also have important health benefits. Check this out:
Here are the Amazing Benefits of Skin to Skin Contact
1. A stable and normal skin temperature
2.A stable and normal heart rate and blood pressure
3. Stable blood sugar
4.Your baby cries less
5.Latch on the breast better
6.Exclusively breastfeed longer
7. Gets to know you better.
If your baby needs to meet the pediatrician first, or if you deliver by C-section, you can unwrap your baby and cuddle shortly after birth. If necessary, your partner can do the initial skin to skin. Newborns crave skin-to-skin contact, but it’s sometimes overwhelming for new moms. It’s okay to start slowly as you get to know your baby.
It is vital that you speak with your healthcare provider about your desire for breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact after the birth during the golden first hour, provided there are no complications.
Breastfeeding Is One Of The best Things You Can Do for Your Baby
I really want to encourage you to keep your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible. Did you know this is an excellent practice for an awesome breastfeeding experience. According eight different research breastfed babies breastfeed very well.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all breastfeeding babies spend time skin-to-skin right after birth. Keeping your baby skin-to-skin in the first few weeks makes it easy to know when to feed your baby, especially if your baby is a little sleepy. During your hospital admission try to room in with baby as much as possible.
Bonding :Make it a nestling time for you both
Skin-to-skin cuddling may affect how you relate with your baby. Researchers have watched mothers and infants in the first few days after birth, and they noticed that skin-to-skin moms touch and cuddle their babies more. Even a year later, skin-to-skin moms snuggled more with their babies during a visit with the pediatrician. Because this environment is so loving, research has shown that mothers and babies who skin to skin get more rest
Skin-to-skin beyond the delivery room
Keep cuddling skin-to-skin after you leave the hospital. Your baby will stay warm and comfortable on your chest, and the benefits for bonding, soothing, and breastfeeding will likely continue. If your baby is sleepy, skin-to-skin can help keep your baby interested in nursing. Dads can snuggle, too.
Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin-to-skin help keep them calm and cozy. Babies are comforted by skin to skin during procedures. Skin-to-skin may enhance brain development. Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin to skin are thought to have increased confidence and are more relaxed.
Skin to Skin is great for dads also
SKIN-to -skin & Dads
Much of preparing for birth and the postnatal period revolves around mother and baby. Certainly for good reason: both work incredibly hard and both deserve those amazing moments in the first hour after birth.
However, more research continues to surface about the importance of dad’s role during birth and the postnatal period. In fact, even beyond the immediate postnatal period, we’ve recently learned that dad’s interactions can impact a child’s social and emotional health for the first 10 years, but likely much longer.
Dr. Nils Bergman recently presented research that shows just 30 minutes of skin to skin with dad actually rewires dad’s brain. Mothers have the advantage of the natural hormonal changes during and immediately following birth, especially the hormone oxytocin, to help their maternal instincts kick in.
For dad, time spent with and caring for baby helps the bonding process. But skin to skin actually rewires his brain. How Does Skin To Skin Rewire Dad’s Brain? Many of our bodily processes are run by and impacted by our hormones. Our hormones are influenced by many things including our environment and actions.
When dad spends time skin to skin with his newborn hormonal changes occur including a rise in dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for many things including pleasure. A rise in dopamine plus the release of oxytocin means dad’s brain creates a positive association with close interaction with baby.
It seems that skin to skin with dad can help dad’s natural parenting instincts to kick in. Why Is This Important? Certainly many dads have gone without skin to skin contact and been excellent, hands on parents. It isn’t something that if skipped will mean a poor parental bond. However, it does seem that research shows this natural rewiring can be an important part in early parenting. Perhaps it’s something to do with a biological positive association with baby. When it’s 2 am and baby is crying…again…that positive association could mean coping just a bit better.
When baby is fussing with her mama, it could mean stepping in without request to offer a hand. It might mean being just a bit more confident in being more hands on. Or opting to wear or hold baby rather than swaddling and putting in the swing for extended periods of time (baby gear isn’t inherently bad, but they can be overused).
30 MINUTES A DAY IS PERFECT
“Every Infant Should Have 30 Minutes Of Skin To Skin With Father On The First Day.” While what happens on the first day or so of life isn’t the end all be all of parental success, it can and does play a role in baby’s development as well as parental child bonds. We often hear about the importance of skin to skin between mother and baby as it helps prevent postnatal hemorrhage, aides in beginning lactation, and helps stabilize baby’s breathing and temperature.
Your touch is how you communicate with your baby
Remember the times when someone held your hand or gave you a hug and you automatically felt a sense of comfort. The sense of touch is real and has been proven to be an important part of bonding at birth and beyond.
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