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What is Kangaroo Mother Care?

What is Kangaroo Mother Care?

Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is a simple and safe method of caring for low birth weight babies. It includes early, prolonged and continuous skin- to -skin contact with the mother/father or any care giver and exclusive breast feeding. KMC is initiated in the hospital and continued at home as long as the baby needs and likes it. During KMC babies are held naked between the breasts of the mother (mimicking a kangaroo’s pouch) and should be covered with a blanket to avoid heat loss. KMC should be given for atleast 6-8 hours a day; gradually increased upto 24 hours a day. KMC benefits the baby with more stable sleep patterns, temperature stability, better weight gain, better maternal-baby bonding, along with reduction in early mortality and morbidity. Kangaroo care integrates the family into the neonatal intensive care team.

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