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Skin to skin and it’s benefits

Did you know that snuggling up skin-to-skin with your baby is also a great way to boost your milk supply? Holding your baby skin-to-skin has been shown in studies to increase milk volume by increasing your levels of the milk-making hormone oxytocin—the hormone responsible for milk ejection. Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone,” and it increases when you snuggle up skin-to-skin.



Holding your baby skin-to-skin prepares him or her to nurse. Your baby can smell your milk and feel your skin, which makes her more likely to seek out your breasts. And, as you know, increased demand leads to increased supply, which may explain why early skin-to-skin contact is associated with a longer duration of exclusive breastfeeding.


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