Why Hold Your Baby Skin-to-Skin

Skin to Skin is the Best Place for Babies to Transition to life 

*Benefits for Mom: Skin to Skin Contact

  • Increased rate of successful breastfeeding
  • Reduce maternal stress and  postpartum depression
  • Promotes parent-infant bonding
  • Increased milk production
  • Decreased pain and faster expulsion of placenta
  • Increased confidence in infants care
*Benefits for Infant: Skin to Skin Contact

  • Improves brain functioning
  • Decreased  number of infections
  • Latch on and feed better
  • Are happier, calmer, less stressed
  • Infants rarely cry
  • Improves heart rate, respiratory and gastrointestinal function
  • Help to regulate temperature and blood sugar

What is Skin-to-Skin Contact (aka Kangaroo Care)?

Skin-to-Skin Contact is a way of holding a preterm or full term infant so that there is skin-to-skin contact between the infant and the person holding it.

The baby is held against the parent’s bare chest wearing only a diaper.

Skin-to-Skin Contact for preterm infants is typically practiced as much as possible each day over an extended period of time in early infancy.

With babies who are medically stable, there is no maximum duration for Skin-to-Skin Contact; some parents may keep their babies in-arms for many hours per day.

Researchers have found that the close physical contact with the parent can help to stabilize the preterm infant’s heartbeat, temperature, and breathing.

Preterm infants often have difficulty coordinating their breathing and heart rate. Researchers also have found that mothers who use Skin-to-Skin Contact often have more success with breastfeeding and improve their milk supply.

Further, researchers have found that preterm infants who experience Skin-to-Skin Contact have longer periods of sleep, gain more weight, decrease their crying, have longer periods of alertness, and earlier hospital discharge.

Skin-to-Skin Contact is a method used to restore the unique mother-infant bond following the sudden separation during the birth experience particularly in premature births.

It consists of skin-to-skin contact, exclusive breastfeeding, and support for the mother-infant pair (Kirsten, Bergman, & Hann, 2001).


 

How to receive the benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact

  •  Have the mother provide continuous KC until discharge. Mother and infant should remain in KC as much as possible throughout the postpartum stay for improved interactions, development, and breastfeeding  (Kent et al., 2012;Vasquez & Berg, 2012).
  • Continue KC as much as possible throughout the first three months of life (Chalmers, O’Brien, & Boscoe, 2009)
  • Use KC as a FIRST intervention for breastfeeding problems (Vazquez & Berg, 2012). 
  • Remember, Kangaroo Care is the newborn’s playground (Winberg, 2005).
  • Kangaroo Care’s continual use throughout the mother’s day can be accomplished using a tube top, slings, or wraps to position the infant near the breast while maintaining maternal modesty as the mother conducts routine postpartal activities.

(Excerpts from below article)

A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Review of Skin-to-Skin (Kangaroo) Care with Full term Infants
Susan M. Ludington-Hoe, R.N., CNM, Ph.D., FAAN
Barbara Morrison, R.N., CNM, FNP, Ph.D.
View the videos on our website  — Instructional video for Second Skin Swaddle
Kangaroo Mother Care for Your Newborn” 
  • Mother or provider of SSC is in reclining position, not flatOriginal PIC Logo276x111
  • Baby’s back is covered and hair is dry
  • Baby is well flexed on provider’s chest
  • Baby should be kept upright between breasts with head turnedamy2 and flat against chest. Mom and baby are to be chest to chest with both  shoulders of baby on  Mom’s chest, not on breast
  • Faces should always be kissable and visible with mouth and nose uncovered
  • Baby’s neck should be straight with his/her body, never extended, flexed or bent
*Ludington-Hoe SM, Morgan K. Infant Assessment and Reduction of Sudden Unexpected Postnatal Collapse Risk During Skin-to-Skin Contact. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews (2014-Feb)

Breastfeeding

  • When breastfeeding your baby, make sure his head is in a sniffing position and he is on the upper side of your breast
  • Baby’s face should never be pressed against breast tissue or turned in against your julie2body, or into the fabric of the Swaddle

If no one can watch you and your baby after feedings and when sleep is likely, put your baby on his or her back on the baby’s own firm bed.

*View on website: Documented Research, “Instructional video for Second Skin Swaddle”   “Kangaroo Mother Care for Your Newborn

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Labor and Delivery

Wearing The Second Skin Swaddle Is The Perfect Way to Welcome your Baby into the World

Provides coverage during labor and Delivery. After your baby is born he will be dried, diapered and placed on your chest. He will then be covered with the Swaddle Section to keep him warm and secure. The Womb like Enclosure will comfort him as he hears your heart beat and the sound of your voice. Learn More

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Hands Free Hold

Step-by-step instructions on using the swaddle

Click below to learn all the steps on how to properly use your swaddle to effectively hold your baby skin-to-skin. Learn More

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For Dad's

Great Shirt for Dad to Hold and Bond With His Precious Gift

Skin to Skin Contact the first weeks of life have been proven to be a life changing event for you and your newborn. It is also great for Mom to have a break.

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Postpartum

The Second Skin Swaddle “patent pending” For Post Partum Wear Allows You to be Discreet While You Safely Hold your Baby In Skin to Skin Contact

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Moderate Hold

There are two identical sections to the Second Skin Swaddle. A Single Section is used for Labor and Delivery a second section is added for the moderate hold. The design and flexibility of the Swaddle provides all that is needed for Labor/ Delivery and Postpartum while mom is in bed.

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