Babies have Needs not Wants
It is impossible to spoil a baby. They are not capable of learning a routine or self soothing.
Responding to their cues for comfort and food helps them feel secure, even if they continue to cry while being held.
When a baby’s need for love and attention are met they feel safe, secure and happy. This results in the release of Oxytocin and enhances their brains.
Ask your midwife about responsive parenting and responsive feeding.
Did you know that all mothers and babies, regardless of feeding method, benefit from the enhanced oxytocin, closeness and comfort of Skin-to-Skin contact following birth and during their first feed?
Wether you are planning to feed your baby breast milk or formula we recommend that, when ever possible, they experiencing their first feed next to their mothers skin.
Once your baby has had their first feed, after the first hour of life, the baby can share skin to skin cuddles with other close family members.
Did you know that mothers who plan to formula feed can also express and store their colostrum in pregnancy to give to their baby for the first feed?
Ask your midwife about the benefits of skin to skin and colostrum and how to incorporate them in to your birth preferences.
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Skin to skin is a wonderful way to greet your baby and help them transition from the uterus in to the world.
Skin to skin has been shown to help your baby regulate their temperature, heart rate and breathing and start to develop their immune system through the colonisation of their skin with friendly bacteria.
Being close to you helps your baby to feel safe, secure and loved. When they feel like this your baby will release the hormone Oxytocin which has a wonderful effect on brain development helping your baby to be happy and grow in to a confident child and later adult.
Skin to skin also enhances the release of oxytocin in Parents . This helps to contract the uterus after birth, reducing maternal blood loss, is essential for breastfeeding and is the hormone responsible for bonding.
Ask your midwife about how you can incorporate skin-to-skin in to your birth preferences.