We recognize the importance of newborn bonding to parents as well as other family members. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital encourages you to “room in” with your baby, since keeping your baby close promotes bonding.
Beginning soon after the delivery of your baby, we advocate cuddling your baby, especially with skin-to-skin contact, which nurtures your child’s emotional comfort, brain development, breathing and heart rate. Studies have shown that babies who are with their mothers cry less, soothe more quickly and get more rest. They also take in more breast milk, gain more weight per day and are less likely to develop jaundice.
All new parents and grandparents are encouraged to hold the newborn baby this way for a minimum of 30 minutes, three times a day.
If you have any further questions, please call our Childbirth Education Line at (847) 535-6182 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.