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Tommy’s shared with us the reasons why skin-to-skin is so important
As part of our ongoing partnership with Tommy’s, we donate 10% of every Baby Bonding Top sold. Tommy’s shared with us the reasons why skin-to-skin is so important.
Q: What is skin to skin?
Q: What are the benefits of skin to skin?
- helping them regulate their breathing and heart rate
- keeping them warm
- calming and relaxing both mum and baby
-stimulating breastmilk supply.
Skin to skin can also be great for your baby longer term. Evidence shows that giving babies skin to skin contact during their first year have improved physical growth and development. This is particularly true of babies with a low birth weight.
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- reducing stress for your baby, particularly if they are having any procedures
- helping with their growth
- improving their oxygen levels
- possibly reducing the amount of time your baby is in hospital.
Some tips for getting started with skin to skin
- Make sure you’ve been to the toilet, so you don’t have to get up again straight away
- Have glass of water to hand (and some snacks in case you get peckish!)
- Make sure you are warm enough and have a blanket or throw nearby just in case
- Make sure you are not in pain (as you are still recovering from giving birth) and have taken any pain relief that you need.
Keeping your baby safe
- You should avoid skin to skin if you are very tired and feeling sleepy, this is in case you accidentally fall asleep and your baby falls.
- For the same reason, you should avoid skin to skin if you have taken any medication that can make you sleepy or if you’ve had any alcohol.
- Check that your baby’s head is well supported and that the position allows them to breath easily and doesn’t restrict them in anyway.
- Always follow safe sleeping guidance for babies, if you are unsure about this, then do ask your midwife or health visitor. You can also find lots of information on the NHS website.