Rooming in is a trend many hospitals are moving toward, and for good reason. Basically, rooming in is the practice of a baby staying in the same room as their mother. Traditional nurseries, complete with windows to peek through, are considered antiquated.
Rooming in has been proven to be beneficial to moms, babies, and the start of your breastfeeding relationship. You’ve only known your baby in the womb, but now that they’re born, it’s important to get to know them on the outside and the best way to do that is by keeping them close.
Rooming in is the best way to give your baby and yourself a healthy start to motherhood, breastfeeding, and the adventure ahead.
Rooming In Promotes Better Sleep
It might seem contradictory, but moms and babies who share a room tend to sleep better. Consider the fact that your baby has literally been inside you for 9 months. Separating them is quite a shock and not something you want to do when they’re first born.
By sharing a room with you your baby will sleep more deeply.
When a baby is separated from their mom two things happen. First, they look for their mom as “home base”. When they can’t find her their stress hormones skyrocket. In fact, infants separated from their moms have twice as many stress hormones as babies who room in. And because baby is with you they’ll feel more content and at peace, thus crying less.
As soon as your baby is born your body switches to feeding mode. Baby will get colostrum in the early days, and as milk production picks up you’ll want baby by you to feed as often as possible to keep your supply up. Read about producing enough milk here.
Plus, keeping baby near you ensure baby gets the practice needed to learn how to breastfeed. Because of this you milk will come in sooner and you’ll have a healthy supply.
Thanks to this increase in breastfeeding your baby will also have less jaundice and lose less weight than if they were separated from you.
When you first found out you were pregnant, it’s likely the thought of having your baby in a nursery terrified you. More and more U.S. hospitals are moving away from that model. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor how the hospital you plan to deliver at handles rooming in. And remember, you are the mother. You have every right to be with your baby through all tests and anywhere the hospital takes them.
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