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What Baby Pros Need to Know About Skin-to-Skin

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by | 10 views
by Kim Walls

The values go beyond breastfeeding.

Skin to skin time is special for so very many reasons. What most parents and many birthing professionals still don’t know is that skin to skin time is critical for the skin (yes, the dermis) as well as for its breast feeding benefits.

During the first 48 hours after birth is when baby becomes completely covered in the micro-flora that will support her immune system and help her thrive. Babies are born nearly sterile. Hopefully they will have the benefit of the bacterial inoculation of a vaginal birth. If not, then the next most critical time to gain access to those healthy bacteria is during skin to skin time. Be sure to request skin to skin time for at least 60 minutes after birth in every birth plan.

Imagine this: a birthing environment that has been sterilized to hospital standards. What is left behind on warming beds, water faucets and bedding? Only the most virulent bacteria remain. To help protect babies from the many types of hospital based bacterial infections that run rampant, one of the best things any new mom can do is have skin to skin time immediately after birth.

To get the biggest benefit out of skin to skin time, mom and other family members can make sure that their own skincare routines support a flourishing microbiotic-rich environment with only the best, most protective bacteria. Parents and other caregivers can take extra special care of their skin by using probiotic skincare products and supporting the proper skin pH, which is slightly acidic at a pH of 5.5.

Of special concern is proper hydration for the skin. Breastfeeding moms tend to be dehydrated and have drier than usual skin. Not only is it important to increase the amount of water consumed daily, but there are also some key ingredients to avoid in cleansers and moisturizers because they can irritate sensitive baby skin.

Anything petroleum-based should be avoided which includes ingredient names like propylene glycol, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum and isopropyl alcohol. Many common skin-care preservatives like formaldehyde can cause serious allergic reactions in breastfeeding babies. Parabens, salicyclic acids and retinoids are designed to be absorbed into the skin and may end up in trace amounts in breast milk so should also be avoided.

The safest skin care routine for skin to skin time and nursing moms involves products that are safe if ingested by baby, unscented and designed to enhance skin immunity for maximum relief, prevention and healing.


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A second-generation natural products expert, fourth generation entrepreneur and mom of two boys, Kim combines her activism for health and environmentalism with clinical expertise to found, develop and advocate on behalf of effective, authentically natural brands and products. Leading child health advocacy groups and national media rely on Kim’s clinical expertise to help parents navigate the often-confusing world of natural products.

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