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It has been suggested that the hospital routines of industrialized countries, where babies are often separated and swaddled or dressed before being given to their mothers, may disrupt early mother and baby interactions, and possible have harmful effects.

 

A review involving 2177 mothers and their babies showed that babies exposed to skin-to-skin contact immediately following birth interacted more with their mothers and cried less than babies receiving usual hospital care.

 

In this study mothers whom had early skin-to-skin contact with their babies were more likely to breastfeed in the first 1 to 4 months and tended to breastfeed longer. It is possible babies were more likely to have a good early relationship with their mothers but this was difficult to measure.

 



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