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When most people think skin to skin the first thing that comes to mind is probably that first hour or so right after baby is born, but its importance continues WAY beyond that period.

Skin to skin is stabilizing for baby. It releases hormones for relaxation, bonding, and milk production. It helps baby tap into their natural feeding reflexes and helps you stay in tune with their earliest hunger cues.

Even without a feeding component, the benefits of skin to skin are important for ALL babies! Even if you never plan to put your baby directly to the breast, your baby would love to spend time snuggling with you skin to skin.

Also great for partners and coparents. Those calm, happy, bonding hormones are good for everyone!

If you’ve been struggling with breastfeeding, sometimes anxiety start to rise as baby comes to your chest. Dedicating time to JUST snuggle skin to skin can help to reset those anxious feelings.

And finally, tummy time is incredibly important to help develop baby’s neck and core muscles but let’s face it, most babies don’t seem to enjoy their dedicated exercise time. When baby is skin to skin midline on your chest, they use those same muscles. Totally counts for tummy time!

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