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June 29th, 2015

Skin-to-Skin Isn’t Just for Moms

Skin-to-Skin contact is very important especially after delivery.  Typically we think of this as bonding time that occurs between mothers and newborns established through breastfeeding.  However, new research suggests that skin-to-skin contact isn’t just for moms, but dads can also benefit from bonding with their baby in this manner.

Researchers have found that newborns cry less and achieve a drowsy, content state more quickly when held skin-to-skin with their fathers.  Contact with the father’s chest helps stabilize the infant’s body temperature within normal range, reduces stress among infants, and also helps to confine blood sugar levels to normal limits.  Concurrently, dads release oxytocin when holding his newborn skin-to-skin.  Oxytocin is a hormone that supports bonding and trust in humans, and is also the same hormone that causes the uterus to contract during labor.

A good time for dad to establish skin-to-skin contact with baby is when mom is resting, eating, or needing to shower, etc.  Dads should remove their shirts and hold the baby close to his chest, while baby is only wearing a diaper.  This is a good time for dad to read, sing, rock, and even just speak softly to baby.  Hospitals are now trending to support the practice of skin-to-skin contact for mother and fathers.  Did you know that families who’ve elected to breastfeed often like the support of breast milk expression via a double electric breast pump?  When utilizing a double electric breast pump, dads can participate in feedings with the best nourishment possible, therefore helping dads to bond while also helping to feed baby!

A double electric breast pump is something every woman/family should look into obtaining before delivery.  Fortunately most insurance companies cover the cost of breast feeding equipment and supplies when acquired from a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider such as Aeroflow Breastpumps.

Submit your information here and Aeroflow Healthcare’s Professional staff will contact you within a few days to let you know if you qualify for a breast pump through insurance.  Once that determination is made you will have the advantage of using the expertise of Aeroflow’s  Breastpump Specialist to learn which product is right for you.  These professionals are astute on all things breast pumps, and Aeroflow offers a wide variety of options to include:  Medela, Ameda, Hygeia, Spectra, Lansinoh, Tomy, and Nuk brand breast pumps.  Need a hospital grade?  Aeroflow has you covered, and offers the Medela Symphony and Hygeia Enriche hospital grade breast pumps for rental or purchase through insurance.  Submit your details through the online portal today, and let Aeroflow Breastpumps do the rest!

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