- Baby is warmer.
Your skin is a radiant warmer and will keep your baby perfectly warm. Simply lay baby on your skin, abdomen or chest, dry the baby off while there and put warm blankets over you and baby.
- Baby breathes more normally.
Babies who are skin to skin with mom after birth breathe more easily and more rhythmically.
- Baby cries less.
The comfort of being with mom leads to babies who cry less after the initial cries at birth.
- More breast milk.
When babies are skin to skin after birth, they are more likely to nurse and nurse sooner and longer. This can lead to a better breast milk supply.
- Baby can her your heart beat.
After nine long months of hearing your heart beat, your baby feels comforted by hearing the heart beat he or she has grown with.
- Baby is more likely to have a normal heart rate.
All of these add up to a baby who is more stable.
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