It’s the most natural thing in the world! Why it makes sense even for the littlest of little ones –
Skin-to-skin contact, or kangaroo care, is when a newborn baby is placed on the bare chest of his or her parent. It has been proven in past research to improve breastfeeding rates, normalise temperature, increase cognitive function and assist in bonding and attachment.
The benefits of skin-to-skin contact are widely known and practised in Australian hospitals. But until now there has been concern about the risks for very premature babies, who have to be taken out of an incubator and are usually attached to all kinds of life-supporting tubes and monitors.
Skin-to-skin contact safe for tiny infants, research showsNew research from the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne has found that skin-to-skin contact is safe for even the smallest of infants. Neonatal paediatrician Sue Jacobs co-authored the study and said the findings were important.