What are the benefits of early skin-to-skin contact between mothers and there newborns?
From: The Cochrane Collaboration
- Moore, E.R., Anderson, G.C., Bergman, N., Dowswell, T., 1996. Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants, in: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- 34 trials including 2,177 participants
- The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
- This means that the data from all similar trials has been grouped to form an overall outcome.
- There is a significant and positive effect of early skin-to-skin contact on breastfeeding at one to four months post-birth.
- Skin-to-skin contact increased breastfeeding duration but the results did not quite reach statistical significance.
- Blood glucose 75 to 90 minutes following the birth was significantly higher in skin-to-skin contact infants
- Babies were possibly more likely to have a good early relationship with their mothers but this was difficult to measure
- Yes (with confidence). Beneficial for breastfeeding, cardio-respiratory stability and decreases infant crying. Early infant skin-to-skin contact has no apparent short- or long-term negative effects