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Health Tip: Holding Your Infant Skin to Skin

(HealthDay News) -- Skin-to-skin contact is comforting for newborns, who are still adjusting to the world around them. Even with just a few minutes of skin-to-skin care (holding an undressed baby next to your bare skin) can offer big benefits.

The American Academy of Pediatrics mentions these potential rewards:

  • Increased warmth for baby.

  • A more stable heartbeat and steadier breathing.

  • An increase in deep sleep time.

  • Less crying.

  • More weight gain.

  • An increased desire to breast-feed.