KANGAROO MOTHER CARE
Name itself relates to the bonding of mother and baby in early birth period.
MOTHER which is essential for the baby! For the human immature baby, the skin-to-skin contact on the mother’s chest provides the essentials: warmth, breast milk, comfort, stimulation and protection.
Kangaroo care or kangaroo mother care (KMC), sometimes called skin-to-skin care, is a technique of newborn care where babies are kept skin-to-skin with a parent, typically their mother.
Benefits :– Providing protection from infection; regulating temperature, breathing, breastfeeding and brain activity; and encouraging mother-baby bonding.
The World Health Organization recommends KMC for the routine care of newborns weighing 2000 grams or less at birth.
–: KMC BENEFITS :–
Skin-to-skin contact between the baby’s front and the mother’s chest. The more skin-to-skin contact, the better. It should ideally be continuous day and night, but even shorter periods are still helpful.
IT HELPS BABY ADAPT IN THE NEW WORLD
“Thermal regulation is a very common problem with infants, especially preterm babies”. when your baby was in the womb, she didn’t need to regulate her own temperature. Since your skin is the same temperature as the womb, Baby will find it easier to adapt to her post-birth environment.
IT BOOSTS BABY’S MENTAL DEVELOPMENT
Those who received kangaroo care had better brain functioning at 15 years old—comparable to that of adolescents born at term—than those who had been placed in incubators, says a Canadian study. By stabilizing heart rate, oxygenation, and improving sleep, the brain is better able to develop.
PROMOTES HEALTHY WEIGHT
Skin-to-skin contact dramatically increases newborn weight gain. “When babies are warm, they don’t need to use their energy to regulate their body temperature,” .”They can use that energy to grow instead.”
MAKES BREASTFEEDING EASIER
Newborns instinctively have a heightened sense of smell, so placing your baby skin-to-skin helps her seek out the nipple and begin breastfeeding. Moms who practiced kangaroo care were more likely to breastfeed exclusively.
Exclusive breastfeeding means that for an average mother, direct suckling by the baby from the breasts is all that is needed.
HELPS YOU MAKE MILK
When mom and baby are together, hormones that regulate lactation balance out, helping you produce more milk.
REDUCES BABY’S STRESS AND PAIN
Just 10 minutes of skin-to-skin contact reduces babies’ levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increases levels of the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to make babies feel calm and safe
HELPS BABY SLEEP BETTER
Less stress = better sleep. Preemies who were kept skin-to-skin slept more deeply and woke up less often than those who slept in incubators.
PROMOTES BONDING WITH DAD
From their time in the womb, babies recognize their fathers’ voice. “Babies find skin-to-skin contact with dad calming, and it helps them bond.”
PREVENTS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
Various studies show that kangaroo care reduces postpartum depression. Oxytocin released from skin-to-skin care decreases maternal anxiety and promotes attachment, further reducing the risk.
HOW TO GET THE BENEFITS
When it comes to kangaroo care, more is better, or the first two hours after birth are the most important, in terms of easing baby into the world.
After that, continued skin-to-skin contact can still be beneficial, especially for preemies that have low birth weights and are unable to regulate their own temperature. Consider it an alternative to an incubator.
DO IT AS LONG AS BOTH BABY AND PARENTS ENJOY IT. When your baby starts fussing and trying to get off of your chest, it’s a good sign it’s time to let her do her own thing.
Support to the dyad means that whatever is needed for the medical, emotional, psychological and physical well being of mother and baby is provided to them, without separating them.
KMC is an alternative to incubator care.
Knowledge is best when it is shared. Guide pregnant women with KMC practice for their healthy well-being.