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50 – Great Expectations

Skin-to-Skin Contact

No one can prepare you for the frst time you look into the eyes of your new baby. It’s a special experience like no other. This experience can be enhanced by skin-to-skin contact when you have your unwrapped baby placed tummy-down on your chest under a blanket.

Safe, snuggly, skin-to-skin contact engages your baby’s senses. He can hear and feel your familiar heartbeat. Those little arms and legs discover the feel of your skin. This contact also helps regulate your baby’s

temperature, heart rate, respirations and blood sugar. Babies are usually alert and peaceful during skin-to-skin contact. Studies show that babies held skin-to-skin cry less and fall asleep more quickly.

During skin-to-skin contact, your baby will quietly get to know you. The time you spend together after giving birth gives you a special opportunity to begin to bond with your baby. You’ll feel more confdent about this new relationship.

But let’s not forget about partners or other family members! They can also

hold the baby skin-to-skin to help him feel calm and cozy. Skin-to-skin contact establishes an emotional attachment between parents and their newborns.

Breastfeeding tends to come more naturally to a baby placed skin-to-skin. A newborn’s sense of smell helps him fnd mom’s breast to begin to latch on. Skin-to-skin contact helps babies stay awake during a feeding, and research shows that they usually breastfeed exclusively for a longer time as well.

Research during the last 30 years has demonstrated the value of skin-to-skin contact for babies and their mothers, both at the time of birth and in the years ahead.

Molding of the Baby’s Head

Since a baby’s head has been conforming to the birth canal, their skull may be distorted. Do not worry, your newborn baby’s head will not look like this for long. The swelling could take hours to a few days to go away.

Molding of the head Appearance days later

After Baby’s

Arrival

Some mothers bond when they frst nurse. Some need a couple of days to develop that special relationship.

Your baby’s head may look distorted when frst born, but don’t worry,

al shape in a few days.

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