No matter where you are in the world, new and first time parents are often in circles as to what are the necessary things they should do with their baby during his first few hours of life. Most babies will be layed to their mommy’s chest to let them be held and feed for the first time. They will also be cleaned and bathed, welcomed and showered with love. It is also advised to do kangaroo mother care or skin to skin contact. It’s when the baby is naked and layed into mommy or daddy’s bare chest for at least an hour. Mostly, it is done by mother and their baby, but sometimes, daddies can do it too. But what are its benefits and why is it important? Let’s find out.
Advantages for the Baby
•Stabilize and normalize baby and mommy in physiological psychological aspects. It is a great help to keep baby’s stable heart rate, blood pressure and his breathing and temperature is normalized as well. For mommy, it is a big help to let her heal and recover faster. It is one way to decrease the level of stress in her body. Also, it is a great start to introduce her breast to the newborn who will then learn how to latch in her bare chest.
•Skin to skin contact after birth allows mother’s bacteria colonize the baby, thus allowing him to create antibodies to protect him from allergies in the later part of his life.
•Better and deeper sleep for newborns. Have you ever wondered why newborns mostly like to sleep in mommy’s chest? The kangaroo mother care introduces comfort and soothe baby’s emotions, thus making him able to relax and rest more.
Advantages for the Mother
•For mommy, it can lower her risk for post partum depression. It can help her in the success of her breastfeeding journey as it also improves the production of breast milk.
•Makes mommy and baby feel comfortable with eachother for the very first time. Babies who undergoes skin to skin contact after birth will be more likely to have successful breastfeeding journey.
•Skin to skin contact with baby can stimulate mommy’s reflexes and helps her body in creating breastmilk and makes it easier for the little one to latch on his mommy since his feeding reflexes would stimulate as well.
Kangaroo mother care is very essential not only during the baby’s birth but also even after. When done constantly, the bond and attachment between the baby and his parent gets more and more stronger. It allows them both to be comfortable to eachother’s smell, touch, sound and care. Babies will then be able to set himself ready not only for his new home to grow into, but mostly of the new life he is about to have together with the people around him, who are also ready to settle him into their chest for comfort and life, like how a real mommy kangaroo does.