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Benefits of Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo care, also known as skin-to-skin contact, has great benefits for all newborns, but is especially beneficial to preemie babies in the NICU.

  • Regulates baby’s heart rate, breathing, and body temperature
  • Helps baby spend more time in deep sleep
  • Improves baby’s weight gain
  • Increases mother’s milk production for breastfeeding
  • Increases bonding between baby and mother (or baby and father if he is practicing kangaroo care)

How to Practice Kangaroo Care

  • Hold your diapered baby on your bare chest
  • Place a blanket over the baby to keep her warm

Reference:

Kangaroo care. March of Dimes. https://www.marchofdimes.org/baby/kangaroo-care.aspx.

Accessed April 11, 2019.