Kangaroo Mother Care and co-sleeping with you baby is a time to relax, share and continue to develop your bond with your newborn baby. There is nothing peaceful than lying next to your baby as you both drift off to sleep. By practicing this you avoid the normal battles of our culture by not sharing our sleeping time with our baby. Once this was normal; then what was socially beneficial for us and our newborn babies became lost with industrialization.
It’s perfectly natural for you to allow your baby to fall asleep while they are breastfeeding. What could be more satisfying or pleasant than having you and your baby fall asleep together whilst doing Kangaroo Mother Care and he/she is being given warmth, food and love. Your baby was born wanting to be given Kangaroo Mother Care: being held and nursed to sleep by you because it is pleasurable, biologically adaptive and as we know it works.
Providing KMC and co-sleeping is what we as humans were designed to do with our baby’s, and it is what our babies need and want. By offering KMC to your newborn baby, you will find that you and your baby find a more loving, gentle and nurturing relationship.
Your baby will outgrow their dependency on you overtime, they will explore and venture further knowing that you are nearby and they are safe. It is though the giving of KMC to your baby that this sense of safety to explore will be developed over time. As a Mom or Dad your job is to provide the love, nurturing and closeness that will make them feel secure and safe.
Don’t ignore your baby’s cry, they are only just that; a baby that is born needing your loving protection and Kangaroo Mothering Care. As a Mom or Dad pick him/her up and give them KMC cuddles. Babies weren’t designed to cry alone and we weren’t designed to let our baby’s cry. Give and treat your baby to loving KMC cuddles when they need them, day or night. It will work wonders for you too!!