Who doesn’t enjoy snuggling, holding, kissing or hugging their newborn?
While doctors may not be pulling out their pads to prescribe these acts
just yet, many studies have shown just how powerful and beneficial skin-to-skin
contact (SSC) can be.
Post-birth attachment is more important to a newborn than you may think.
According to research conducted by The Sutton Trust, two out of five children
grow up lacking secure attachment to their parents, and the consequences
can be grave—think depression and poor academic performance.
The good news is that SSC is easy, and the benefits to both baby and mother
It brings bonding to a whole new level.
Not surprisingly, babies are born with the instinct to be close to their
mother. The hour after the baby is born has been called The Golden Hour,
in which mother and baby are able to form an intense chemical connection.
It regulates the baby’s temperature.
When a mother spreads warmth from her sweet embrace, she’s actually
regulating the baby’s temperature. When the baby is warm, she can
use more of their energy to grow, rather than attempt to regulate her
own temperature. This, in turn, promotes healthy weight gain.
It promotes health and stability.
But wait, there’s more! SSC also stimulates a healthy heart rate
and regulates breathing. The baby syncs up with his mother’s systems
until he learns how to regulate on their own. This is especially important
since newborns tend to have faster heart rates.
It can reduce postpartum depression.
Mothers can benefit, too! Postpartum mood disorders are common in new mothers,
affecting 10 to 15% of women each year. Symptoms can include mood swings,
difficulty sleeping and anxiety. According to a case study by
MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, women tend to feel the symptoms of postpartum depression right after
childbirth. Snuggling and cuddling with their child shortly after giving
birth can stimulate hormonal patterns and diminish depressive or anxious feelings.
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