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A Baby's Stress Level DOUBLES If Separated From Mom!

Sat, November 5, 2011 12:00pm EDT by 7 Comments

HollyMoms, a new study says putting your infant in a cot causes babies to lose sleep AND it doubles his or her stress level!

Putting your newborn in a cot after labour can be distressing for the baby, according to The UK’s Daily Mail. Scientists at the University of Cape Town monitored the heart rates of two-day old babies alone in a cot and while they were nursed by their mothers skin-to-skin.

When the babies were alone, stress levels rose 176 percent, and they’re 86 percent less likely to sleep soundly! They’re going to do further research to see if early separation produces long-term effects on health and development of newborns.

“It is standard practice in a hospital setting, particularly among Western cultures, to separate mothers and their newborns,” Dr. Barak Morgan, the author of the study, said. “Skin-to-skin contact with the mother removes this contradiction, and our results are a first step towards understanding exactly why babies do better when nursed in skin-to-skin contact with mother, compared to incubator care.”

HollyMoms, did your child sleep with you after birth, or did the infant sleep in a cot? Did you notice any effects?

— Anna Moeslein

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