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Skin-to-skin contact
May 27th, 2015

Skin-to-Skin Contact After Delivery

The joy felt from the first contact you have with your new baby after a long nine month pregnancy, is none other than indescribable.  Thanks to much research, valuable evidence has shown that there are a vast amount of positive, physical and emotional benefits for the baby and mother if skin-to-skin contact is achieved immediately after birth.

Babies who are kept skin-to-skin with mommy are shown to have a more constant temperature, as well as more regular heart and breathing rates.  This may have to do with the fact that being close with your baby after birth helps in quieting the birth cry which can ultimately ease stress for both baby and mother.

Perhaps the most beneficial advantage of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact between baby and mother is its effect on breastfeeding.  Babies have an immediate instinct to begin suckling and latch onto to the mother’s breast upon birth.  However, that is only if they are skin-to-skin with you.  Not only is the baby more likely to latch on, but also “catch” on to breastfeeding better.  This leads to a larger chance that the infant will be able to retrieve the milk supply easier and breastfeed exclusively.

Who knew the importance of skin to skin contact between mother and baby after delivery could be so significant to a child’s well being?  If your baby does not jump on immediately upon birth, it is no reason to fret.  As mentioned, skin-to-skin contact after birth helps in promoting babies’ natural instinct to breastfeed.  Your baby will most likely make you aware when he or she is ready to eat.

Breastfeeding can make for some sore nipples, so take care of those breasts with Medela’s Tender Care Hydrogel Pads or their Tender Care Lanolin; both offer instant relief for cracked nipples.

Also, while you’re browsing the site, don’t forget to see if you qualify for free breastpump under your insurance plan.  Trust us when we tell you, breastpumps come in handy.    Having an extra milk supply in the fridge is useful on date nights or when you need a quick trip to the gym or mall so your partner can feed.

You could qualify for a Medela Pump In Style Advanced Starter kit or the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra at no cost to you.  Check out our Qualify Through Insurance form here to get started.  A breastpump specialist will verify your benefits and then give you a call to go over your coverage and breastpump options all in a matter of a few days.  Don’t delay to find out if you qualify for your free electric breastpump.  If you need assistance faster, give us a call at (844)867-9890.

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