Kangaroo mother care is a method of care for preterm and full term infants. The method involves infants being held by parents or caregivers, with skin-to-skin contact.
The benefits of kangaroo care for babies go beyond having more successful breastfeeding episodes and include:
✅ Stabilizing your baby’s heart rate
✅ Improving your baby’s breathing pattern and making the breathing more regular
✅ Improving oxygen saturation levels
✅ Gaining in sleep time
✅ Experiencing more rapid weight gain
✅ Decreasing crying
✅ Having an earlier hospital discharge
The benefits of kangaroo care for parents and caregivers beyond an increase of mother’s breast milk supply include:
✅ Improving bonding with your baby and the feeling of closeness
✅ Increasing your confidence in the ability to care for your new baby
✅ Increasing your confidence that your baby is well-cared for
✅ Increasing your sense of control
When a mother is practicing kangaroo care, her infant typically snuggles into her breasts and falls asleep within a few minutes.
Research has shown that this simple act increases breast milk supply and greater breastfeeding success.