Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2018

Increasing Skin-To-Skin Contact to Improve Perinatal Outcomes and Breastfeeding Success

Originally presented on August 2, 2018

Speakers:
Nils Bergman, MB ChB, DCH, MPH, MD
Kangaroo Care Movement, Co-Founder
International Network of Kangaroo Mother Care, Steering Committee
Public Health Physician & Professor
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Denise Barbier, OTR/L, MOT
United States Institute of Kangaroo Care, President
Co-Author: “Jumping into Kangaroo Care” Toolkit
Pediatric NICU Occupational Therapist

This webcast will include an overview of skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo Care) for newborn infants, including the strong evidence-base that skin-to-skin contact provides health benefits to infants and mothers and leads to breastfeeding success.  Successful strategies, including prenatal education by WIC providers to increase early use and longer duration of skin-to-skin contact for all mothers, will be discussed.  Examples from New York, other states and abroad will be highlighted.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo Care) for newborn infants, including the health benefits to infants and mothers that leads to breastfeeding success.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Explain the neurobehavioral and physiological basis for mother-infant skin-to-skin contact for all newborns.
  • List at least three evidence-based health benefits for infants and mothers from skin-to-skin contact.
  • Describe how early skin-to-skin contact facilitates breastfeeding success.
  • Identify successful strategies from New York, other states, and/or countries to increase implementation of early and longer duration of skin-to-skin contact.

Target Audience
Local and state public health professionals, clinicians (physicians, midwives, health care providers, nurses) and lactation specialists.


Federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and the New York State Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).


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