“Touching” Ways to Communicate with Your Newborn

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As you learn and develop ways to communicate with your newborn, never discount touch as a powerful tool of communication. You can explore touch communication through skin-to-skin contact as well as infant massage.

Skin to Skin

My first baby was born via emergency C-section. My second baby came through repeat Caesarean. It was scheduled, and it was a much calmer experience. Right after she was suctioned and wiped off, she was brought to me. She exercised her lungs and filled the air with her cries. I spoke to her, said her name, and told her I was her mama, but it was only when I kissed her that her cries subsided. The touch of my lips on her skin calmed her down.

According to International Breastfeeding Center, skin-to-skin contact puts baby back in his or her “natural habitat” by communicating a sense of protection and safety.

Later, as I was recovering, my daughter was brought to me, and I had the chance to snuggle with her skin to skin.

Studies show that skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth results in happier babies, healthier babies, calmer babies, and babies who are more likely to latch on well and breastfeed.

{ MORE: The Healing Power of Touch }

Through skin-to-skin contact, the mother and baby communicate through touch. This form of communication stimulates certain behaviors in the baby such as rooting, normal breathing rates, and calm attitudes.

It's not just for moms, either. Dads can share in this type of communication, too, especially if Mom is recovering from surgery and immediate contact with her is not possible. According to International Breastfeeding Center, skin-to-skin contact puts baby back in his or her “natural habitat” by communicating a sense of protection and safety.

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