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Challenges to Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo Care: Cesarean Delivery and Critically Ill NICU Patients

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Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) between mother and newborn immediately following birth has been shown to be beneficial in assisting newborn transition to extrauterine life and promoting maternal-infant attachment. The practice of immediate SSC also optimizes breastfeeding outcomes for women and their babies. SSC is known to facilitate initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour and has been determined to prolong the duration of successful breastfeeding.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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