Why is newborn baby skin-to-skin contact with dads and non-birthing parents important? Here’s what the science says

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Soon after a baby is born, it’s getting more common these days for the father or non-birthing parent to be encouraged to put the newborn directly on their chest. This skin-to-skin contact is often termed “kangaroo care”, as it mimics the way kangaroos provide warmth and security to babies.

Mothers have been encouraged to give kangaroo care for decades now and many do so instinctively after giving birth; it has been shown to help mum and baby connect and with breastfeeding.

So what does the evidence say about kangaroo care for other parents?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Trust
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2022

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