A mother’s natural instinct is to hug her baby so that her body is close together and her skin touches one another. This keeps the baby warm and protected from cold temperatures. Because it takes several weeks for the body temperature regulation to function properly. At this time the best way to keep your baby warm is through direct contact with your body.
Studies show body contact is more effective than if it is opened in a blanket and laid on a bed that has a heater. If the temperature is cold outside the blanket to cover your body both can be used.
Body contact increases prolactin levels which stimulates milk production, increases the closeness and bonding of the mother with the baby and breastfeeding instincts. This stimulation is also important for mothers who want to breastfeed with milk bottle.
Besides that because when a baby is born enters the world of microorganisms and who first enters his body are dominant, then the bacteria and other microorganisms that exist in the mother’s body help the baby get protection from the mother’s immunity against the source of infection.
The bond between mother and baby.
Dr. Michel Odent emphasized that until the placenta comes out the most important thing is not to disturb the first contact and keep the room temperature very warm or hot. This stimulates the release of oxytocin in high levels so that the placenta comes out and raises the love and closeness of mother and baby. the ability to love comes from the high hormones in the body of the mother and baby during labor and reaches a peak within 1 hour after the baby is born
In his book “A natural history of parenting” a biologist expert, Susan Allport argues, mother and baby bonding is a process from birth and continues until the first few weeks and then becomes perfect when the baby can smile at the age of 2 or 3 months. According to him, a safe, fast-formed approach is not too important for humans. Bond formation can continue for several weeks. So no need to worry if love for your child develops slowly or direct contact can not occur. Even adopting parents can form this bond.
The First Time of Breastfeeding
A newborn baby has an instinct to look for breasts when he is breastfed. Her sense of smell and taste is very sensitive and can recognize the aroma of her mother’s milk, which tastes like amniotic fluid.
When laid on your stomach or hugged, a strong “rooting reflex” encourages your child to look for your breasts. When his face is touched, his head turns toward the touch, opens his mouth, and looks for breast nipples to suck. He will approach, suck, and swallow, though sometimes it takes a little practice. The strong sensation of the first puff might initially surprise you.
Do not worry if your child is not immediately interested in breastfeeding. He does not have to suckle as soon as possible. You can try to get his interest by squeezing a few drops of milk to bring to his mouth. Don’t worry if he is initially only interested in being close to your breasts; he will suckle when feeling hungry.
The first puff or closeness of the baby to the breast stimulates oxytocin release from the mother’s body and causes cramps called “after pains. It is the contraction of the uterus to expel the placenta, stopping bleeding and helps the uterus return to its normal size and position. Oxytocin also stimulates the walls of the muscles of the milk-producing glands to contract