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Kangaroo Care: Holding Your Newborn Close

Kangaroo care is a way for you to hold and touch your baby that involves skin-to-skin contact. It gets its name from the way a kangaroo would hold her baby in her pouch. It's a holding technique practiced on newborns (usually preterm infants) where the baby is held skin-to-skin.

"There are lots of benefits to this skin-to-skin contact for both babies and parents," says Tanya Cahill, MD, a neonatologist at Cincinnati Children's.

Babies have been shown to have more stable heart rates, breathing patterns and better sleep. Breastfeeding moms tend to have a better milk supply, Cahill says, and it improves the way parents bond with their baby.

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