SKIN TO SKIN CONTACT- INITIAL BOND BETWEEN CHILD AND MOTHER

One wishes for a day in life wherein they have their child in their arms. The feeling, the connection, and the emotions all are so soothing that can’t be explained.

So when that day comes, the first thing every parent tries to do is start forming bonds with their child, by talking, smiling, tickling little ones, and playing with toys. Parents usually become kids with their children. That shows the immense love for their children by parents.

But at the very first hour of delivery, if you are asked how you will start bonding with your child, what could be the probable answer?

It’s the touch and voice. The child is already familiar with your voice when he is in the womb. Later, to soothe the child and give him warmth, touch becomes important. It’s called skin-to-skin contact, which is usually referred to as a practice where a baby is directly laid on the mother’s bare chest after birth, and both of them are covered with a warm blanket and left for at least an hour until first feed.

The child feels the warmth and comfort from the mother and helps the mother in boosting milk supply. This supports parents’ bonding with the child, better physical growth, and developmental aspects of the child.

Why is skin-to-skin contact important?

✓ It calms and soothes both mother and child

✓ It helps in regulating the baby’s heart rate and breathing.

✓ It helps to adapt to life outside the womb

✓ Stimulates interest in feeding

✓ Helps in regulating temperature

✓ Helps to eradicate the negative emotions of a mother

✓ Makes baby feel safe

✓ It enables colonization of baby’s skin with mother’s friendly bacteria and hence, protection against infection

✓ Helps in stimulating the release of hormones to promote breastfeeding and mothering

✓ It improves oxygen saturation in a child

✓ It reduces stress levels

✓ It encourages the pre-feeding behavior of a child

✓ It assists child growth

✓ It improves milk volume in mothers with milk containing up-to-date antibodies.

What actually happens during skin-to-skin contact?

When a mother holds her child skin-to-skin contact immediately after giving birth, it initiates instinctive behavior in both. It will initiate maternal hormones and begin to smell, stroke, and engage with her child. Further, the baby’s instincts will promote a unique process, which if uninterrupted will lead to first breastfeed.

If babies are enabled to familiarize themselves with the mother’s breast and achieve an attachment, it will promote the urge for the next feed and will result in fewer breastfeeding problems.

After birth, when a child is placed skin-to-skin with the mother’s chest, the child will:

✓ Cry briefly

✓ The child gets relaxed and displays very little movements as they recover from birth

✓ Slowly start to wake up, open their eyes and respond to mothers voice

✓ Start to make small movements of arms, shoulder, and head. Further, they start crawling towards the breast

✓ After familiarizing themselves with the breast, they start nuzzling, smelling, and licking around the area.

✓ They attach themselves to their breast and start feeding. This eases up breastfeeding.

✓ They detach themselves after they are full, and usually, both mother and child fall asleep.

This initial process should be left uninterrupted. If interrupted or if tried to hurry them through the stages may lead to problems in subsequent breastfeeds. If during delivery the mother is given analgesia, the baby may be drowsy and this process may take longer.

Skin-to-skin contact has long-lasting effects on a child’s development. It enhances better maternal attachment behavior, reduces maternal anxiety, and enhances a child’s cognitive development and mother-child reciprocity.

Top benefits of skin-to-skin contact:

  1. Regulates body temperature of the baby
  2. Stabilizes baby’s breathing, heart rate, blood sugar levels, and aid sleep.
  3. Encourages breastfeeding
  4. Reduces crying
  5. Helps baby feel safe
  6. Promotes bonding between child and parents.
  7. Reduces the possibility of postpartum depression.

Hence, the initial moments of the child and parents should be kept uninterrupted for safe and steady growth and healing.

Want to know more about how care should be taken and what are the necessary steps to be followed after the birth. DoyaCare allows you to question whatever is on your mind, guide you towards the difficult moments and how to ease them up.

If you want to deliver at home, we have professionals for the same. If you are puzzled at any stage regarding a child or parent, we have a team of excellent counselors who will help you make the right choices.

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