oa Professional Nursing Today - Kangaroo mother care (KMC) : breastfeeding

Volume 10, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



KMC is defined as early, prolonged and continuous (as allowed by circumstances) skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn baby. Skin-to-skin (kangaroo) holding was first introduced as a therapeutic modality in 1979 in Columbia in an attempt to reduce the rate of infection in LBWB sharing incubators. The essential components of KMC are skin-to-skin care , breastfeeding (BF) and follow-up.

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