The first few weeks after birth can be very new and frightening for newborns and of course their proud parents. Special care must be taken for both mother and baby to ensure they recover properly from the birthing experience. Swaddling and Kangaroo Maternal Care are two different maternity practice options that are widely used and discussed among mothers and baby care professionals. So, what are the differences between both options and which one should you apply?
Swaddling is a technique used to care for newborn babies by wrapping the baby tightly and tightly in cotton muslin cloth or blankets. While providing warmth and artificial comfort for the baby, making the baby sleep longer, it has multiple risks. The risks associated with arson include:
- Baby overheating when wrapped in multiple layers of cloth.
- Hip dysplasia can occur during infant development.
- The pressure that tight swaddling puts on the lungs carries the risk of lung infection.
But if your baby is feeling troubled by the free movement of their arms and legs, swaddling is a good way to provide a comfortable environment and calm the baby.
Kangaroo Mother Care
Kangaroo Maternal Care, or KMC, is a choice of maternity practice practiced worldwide today to provide natural health care to mothers and newborns. It is a complement to high-tech neonatology and is used to stabilize premature or underweight babies. Exclusive breastfeeding (rather than milk formulas) and skin-to-skin contact with the mother as a natural incubator are incredibly simple and natural practices, all promoted by KMC. KMC is effective because it is the best physical and emotional healing system that a mother can provide to her baby in nature’s design.
Breast milk is the best food you can provide for your baby. It contains important nutrients and immune properties that help strengthen the baby’s immune system. Breastfeeding also allows the baby to develop a strong bond with you as a mother, while stabilizing your mood and increasing your recovery rate after birth. The multiple benefits of breastfeeding make it one of the most important postpartum practices for mothers and babies who lack other health support services. It is nature’s best way to protect both mother and baby. These two basic practices, accompanied by skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, provide a conducive environment for newborns to thrive in an extremely vulnerable state.
Lack of time is the only reason some mothers choose not to give KMC to their babies. Breastfeeding can be physically exhausting, with many other responsibilities and concerns, especially for modern mothers. However, the benefits of KMC and exclusive breastfeeding make these maternity practices extremely beneficial choices for both mother and baby. This is the best thing you can do for your newborn baby.