Breastfeeding Skin to Skin

Before I had my baby, I’d heard women talk about how “the breastfeeding thing” was tricky. And I thought, how can it be tricky? Seems like the most natural thing, right?

Then I had my baby. And yes, breastfeeding can be the most natural thing. It can be instinctual for both you and your little one. But, it can also prove challenging. Who’d have thought there was a technique? Am I doing it right? Is my baby getting enough?

So when my nurse midwife told me the simple practice of skin-to-skin would up my odds – significantly – of successful breastfeeding, I was pretty thrilled. Something so easy! Phew.

There’s a reason why both the Academy of Pediatrics and the Surgeon General are encouraging moms to practice skin-to-skin immediately after birth and throughout the post partum period. And that’s because research has shown that babies who are held skin-to-skin naturally seek out the breast and have better success latching; they have longer feedings, more intake, better weight gain; and an increased length of time that the baby receives only breastmilk.

Holy smokes. That’s huge. With all the other worries we have, isn’t it great to know that just holding your baby close to you will improve your breastfeeding outcome and help you meet your breastfeeding goals?

Keep it simple. Make immediate skin-to-skin contact part of your birth plan and continue to snuggle that little one skin-to-skin throughout those early months! See how the NüRoo Pocket provides coverage and mobility to mom’s practicing skin-to-skin. Available exclusively at Babies R Us.

 

 

 

3 Responses to “The Link between Skin-To-Skin and Breastfeeding”

  1. Erin

    This product looks FANTASTIC! My baby was a very premature 28 week-er born at 2lb, 6 oz. We were fortunate enough to be at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital where they were huge advocates of “kangaroo care”. My little guy got skin-to-skin contact with me as soon as he was able and I truly believe it helped him — and helped our bonds grow. At the time I would wear cotton cami’s with a shelf bra and kind of tuck him in there, but I could not even sit up straight! this product looks like it is perfect for encouraging kangaroo care for all! Best of luck to all!

  2. Daniela at NuRoo

    Hi Angie, Congrats on your twins! Dad gives babies all the same benefits when held Skin-to-Skin. He just can’t regulate their temperature so keep their S2S time to an hour to ensure baby doesn’t over heat. Keep in touch, would love to see pics of those babies!

  3. angie blanco

    Hi, this is a awesome idea my husband and i believe in skin to skin very strongly, but i have a question , what about for twins or for Dad? By the way are about to have twin in 20 more days .Thank you

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