“Immediately after babies are born, they are stressed out by the experience, and their bodies are coursing with stress hormones — which make them more sensitive to odor and more able to root out Mom’s nipple and latch on. But after waiting too long, she says, “those stress hormones drop.”
The evidence has been out there for over 40 years. Early skin to skin regulates baby’s respiratory rate, increases chances of successful breastfeeding, and increases longevity on breastfeeding. But what about for mothers who have a cesarean? This may not always be the case. It’s time we start to see skin to skin in the OR.
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Why Do Folks Still Need Convincing
Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants