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13Interference With Maternal-Infant Bonding

Bringing a newborn into the world is scary for both mom and baby. During the first few moments out of utero a baby is going to be scared and crying. These best thing for a baby to do is be held closely to its mother. There are now a number

of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin to skin immediately after birth, as well as later. Skin to skin contact immediately after birth promotes bonding as well as allows the baby to be colonized by the same bacteria as the mother. Even babies on oxygen can be cared for skin to skin. This may help reduce their need for oxygen, and it could keep them more stable in other ways as well.

Taking a baby away from the mother soon after birth for the purpose of a bath can disrupt the process of maternal-infant bonding. It can disrupt the safe and secure feeling the baby has when it is with its mother.

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