Why Skin to Skin Immediately After Birth is a Must
The absolute best place for a baby immediately after birth is on Mom's bare chest.
Childbirth is raw and real. It is emotional and sometimes dirty. Childbirth is also perfection. A woman's body is a complete functioning art that can be described as miraculous. We grow human beings. We also have an innate sense of protecting these new beings.
Throughout the decades, our commercialized-society has tried to strip us of this capability and plant seeds of doubt within our minds. But moms are now embracing themselves, their instincts, their capabilities, and the true science that backs what we all already know. Gone are the days when a newborn should be wiped down and swaddled before being held.
Skin to skin shouldn't end as you leave the hospital, though. There are many reasons that you should continue practicing it throughout your baby's infancy and toddlerhood.
Why You Should Practice Skin-to-Skin Immediately After Birth
Baby cries less, soothes easier, and feels safer
Baby hears your heartbeat
Heartrates have been found to be more normal in babies who are kept skin to skin
Stabilizes blood sugar
Strengthens a mother’s instincts with reading a baby’s cues
Allergies and illnesses can be prevented in early hours after birth by the bacteria found on the mother’s skin (that bacteria is passed to the baby and protects him)
Preemies held skin to skin have a reduced need for oxygen intake
One hour of skin to skin increases the likelihood of a good latch for breastfeeding
Breastfeeding success rates increase and milk supply benefits
The hormone oxytocin is produced in a heavier amount while skin to skin, which improves milk let down and bonding