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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

"kangaroo care" = cuddle hormones

A new study demonstrates that mother-infant touch and contact are essential for optimal neurodevelopment in early infancy. Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, especially one who is premature, has been associated with promoting neurophysiological development.  Additionally, prolonged Kangaroo Care increases "cuddle hormones" (oxytocin) and decreases stress within both mother and child. Researchers believe these hormones can play a beneficial role during the post-partum period and may even help reduce the risk of post-partum depression. medical xpress  
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