Skin to skin contact for very low birthweight infants and their mothers.

@article{Whitelaw1988SkinTS,
  title={Skin to skin contact for very low birthweight infants and their mothers.},
  author={Andrew Whitelaw and G Heisterkamp and Katharine Sleath and Dominique V M Acolet and M Richards},
  journal={Archives of disease in childhood},
  year={1988},
  volume={63 11},
  pages={1377-81}
}
Separation between mothers and very low birthweight infants is often prolonged with subsequent psychological distress, behaviour problems, and lactation failure. Babies as small as 700 g, who no longer require oxygen, can be safely and enjoyably held naked, except for a nappy, between the mother's breasts for up to four hours a day. We have carried out a randomised trial among babies less than 1500 g. Seventy one infants were randomised. In 35, the mother was helped to hold her baby in skin to… CONTINUE READING