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Kangaroo Care: 9 Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact

Skin-to-skin contact between a baby and parent, also called “kangaroo care," may be the key to a happier, healthier child. Here's how to make the most of it.

While every mother has an unbreakable bond with her child, some parent-child relationships are stronger than others. And, as it turns out, 2 in 5 children grow up lacking secure attachment to their parents, according to a recent review of more than 100 studies and 14,000 children. These children are more likely to do poorly in school and suffer from depression than children who are securely attached to their parents.

The easiest way to form a secure attachment from the get-go? Hold your newborn skin-to-skin, advises Susan M. Ludington, R.N., Ph.D., executive director of the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care. “Infancy sets up your interactions with your baby for the rest of her life,” she says.

Bonus: Skin-to-skin contact does a lot more than promote bonding. Check out these nine benefits of kangaroo care.

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