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Jon Platt helps fight Parkinson's Disease.

Importance of Cuddling

by Jon Platt on September 11, 2017

Recently, many hospitals have started to emphasize skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns. After my own son Edwin was born, he was immediately placed on my chest, touching my skin, for an extended period of time. This seems to be the new trend, and for good reason. Research suggests that skin-to-skin contact has immediate positive effects for babies, and can effectively reduce cryingstresspromote sleep, and even help establish a breastfeeding routine.

In fact, research suggests that the effects of skin-to-skin contact can be long lasting, especially for premature babies who generally require incubators after birth and don’t often receive skin-to-skin contact from their mothers right away. For example, premature babies who are given massage