The Important of Skin to Skin after Birth

There is significant evidence that newborns who receive skin to skin contact with their mothers immediately after birth have an easier transition. They have great respiratory, temperature and glucose stability in addition to decreased stress.  Skin to skin transfers biomes from mother to baby.  These biomes protect the baby for life. After the umbilical cord has stopped pulsating and been cut, Dads can provide skin to skin contact until the mother is ready to breastfeed. Once breastfeeding babies lay naked or diapered between the mother’s breast. Initially, babies may play with the breast until ready to latch. Ideally, newborns breastfeed within the first hour after birth. Breast milk is made by your body specifically for your baby. Along with nutrition, breastmilk contains antibodies that protect your baby from illness.

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