The great benefits of skin-to-skin contact after giving birth
1. What is postpartum skin-to-skin contact?
This method is ideally done 30 minutes to 1 hour after the baby is born, the umbilical cord pulse is still beating and repeated as many times as possible in the first week after birth. Besides skin-to-skin contact with the mother, the father can also perform skin-to-skin contact with the baby to strengthen the bond between the two fathers and children.
Under the guidance of the World Health Organization, the postpartum skin-to-skin contact method was started from a new program proposed by the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the Ministry of Health under Decision No. 4673/QD –BYT on 10/11/2014. From the fact that the infant mortality rate, especially in the first 3 days, is still very high, this program includes 6 steps as follows:
- Drying and warming before skin-to-skin contact
- Intramuscular injection 10 units of oxytocin
- Perform late clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord
- Controlled cord traction
- Perform fundus massage every 15 minutes within the first 2 hours postpartum
2. Why skin-to-skin after birth?
Making skin-to-skin contact is an effective way to connect motherhood and help baby's reflexes faster when she starts to breastfeed. Beyond these sacred emotions, there is a lot of evidence to support the great benefits of skin-to-skin contact between mother and child.
3. The amazing benefits of skin-to-skin contact after giving birth
Baby is warmed, stabilized body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate and blood sugar
Baby is less fussy
Baby is optimally developed brain
Furthermore, skin-to-skin contact also promotes the maturation of the amygdala (an important organ located deep in the center of the brain). These ganglia are involved in the process of forming emotions, promoting memory and activating the sympathetic nervous system. Also thanks to this method, the baby sleeps more deeply, which is one of the factors that help the baby develop comprehensively healthy.
Stimulates digestion and helps baby gain weight
Skin-to-skin contact also reduces the levels of cortisol and somatostatin (growth hormone inhibiting hormone) in the baby, facilitating the baby to absorb and digest food better and the baby will gain weight faster.
Improve immune system
Babies are breastfed early, milk comes in early and more often
Mothers who practice skin-to-skin contact from the start are more likely to continue breastfeeding when they get home. The growth of the mother's oxytocin and prolactin hormones in the early hours after birth helps to increase milk production in the long run. By practicing skin-to-skin contact for at least 60 minutes at a time, 1-2 times per day, mothers who are having trouble breastfeeding often get a lot of improvement.
Protecting baby from harmful effects of separation from mother
Skin-to-skin benefits after birth for mothers
Mother and baby have a lot of skin-to-skin contact and the more the baby suckles, the more oxytocin is secreted. This hormone leads to a series of positive changes for the mother: faster postpartum recovery time; reduce blood pressure in the body; the mother will have less anxiety, limit depression; milk about a lot; Uterine contractions reduce the risk of postpartum hemorrhage and quickly regain the slim waistline before pregnancy.
Skin-to-skin contact after birth helps to overcome all disadvantages when the baby is born by cesarean section. A caesarean section often leads to a number of consequences such as a later initiation of breastfeeding, a decrease in exclusive breastfeeding rates, and an increased risk of needing to supplement with formula.
Skin-to-skin contact can also be used in other situations, such as if you need to calm your baby's fussiness or hunger, or if your baby is a lazy sucker. The father can also help the mother hold the baby to perform skin-to-skin at any convenient time, many fathers said that they feel closer and closer to the baby when performing this method.
4. Importance of skin-to-skin contact at different times
5. Scientific evidence of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact after giving birth
Benefits for the mother:
Within a few days after giving birth, mothers often experience breast tenderness and discomfort. But when you do have skin-to-skin contact, you'll have less breast tenderness and less anxiety.
Benefits for the baby:
Baby sucks more milk.
Heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature are more stable.
Blood sugar in the body increases in a beneficial direction.
According to research to date, no harm has been found in relation to skin-to-skin contact. More importantly, the researchers found many risks associated with children being separated from their mothers after birth. When both healthy mother and baby are separated after birth, it reduces the chances of successful breastfeeding and increases the risk of breast engorgement and anxiety. The baby's breathing, heart rate, and blood sugar become unstable.
Thus, skin-to-skin contact after birth not only brings many great benefits to both mother and baby, but it is also the most sacred and memorable moment in the life of every parent. .
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