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Holding your infant skin to skin

(HealthDay News) -- Skin-to-skin contact is comforting for newborns, who are still adjusting to the world around them. Even with just a few minutes of skin-to-skin care (holding an undressed baby next to your bare skin) can offer big benefits.

Here are potential rewards:

  • increased warmth for baby
  • a more stable heartbeat and steadier breathing
  • an increase in deep sleep time
  • less crying
  • more weight gain
  • an increased desire to breastfeed.

Attribution: -- Diana Kohnle

 

American Academy of Pediatrics

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First published: 05/02/2013
Last updated: 05/02/2013