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KANGAROO 
MOTHER CARE
Why is it called 
"Kangaroo Mother Care"? 
Mother kangaroo is a mammal (just like 
us), and feeds its baby milk like we do...
What is Kangaroo Mother Care? 
 Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a special way 
of caring of low birth weight babies. It fos...
Components of KMC 
 Skin-to-skin contact 
Early, continuous and prolonged skin-to-skin 
contact between the mother and he...
Benefits of KMC 
 Breastfeeding: KMC results in increased breastfeeding rates 
as well as increased duration of breastfee...
Thank You
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Kangaroo method

  1. 1. KANGAROO MOTHER CARE
  2. 2. Why is it called "Kangaroo Mother Care"? Mother kangaroo is a mammal (just like us), and feeds its baby milk like we do (or like we should!) from a nipple inside its pouch. The pouch covers the baby with skin, and this not only protects the very immature baby, but also provides it with a total environment which is essential for development. This includes warmth, food, comfort, stimulation, protection. The baby is CARRIED for all this time, without interruption !
  3. 3. What is Kangaroo Mother Care?  Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a special way of caring of low birth weight babies. It fosters their health and well being by promoting effective thermal control, breastfeeding, infection prevention and bonding.  In KMC, the baby is continuously kept in skin-to- skin contact by the mother and breastfed exclusively to the utmost extent, KMC is initiated in the hospital and continued at home.
  4. 4. Components of KMC  Skin-to-skin contact Early, continuous and prolonged skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her baby is the basic component of KMC. The infant is placed on her mother's chest between the breasts.  Exclusive breastfeeding The baby on KMC is breastfed exclusively. Skin to-skin contact promotes lactation and facilitates the feeding interaction.
  5. 5. Benefits of KMC  Breastfeeding: KMC results in increased breastfeeding rates as well as increased duration of breastfeeding. Even when initiated late and for a limited time during day and night, KMC has been shown to exert a beneficial effect on breastfeeding.  Thermal control: Prolonged skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her preterm/ LBW infant provides effective thermal control with a reduced risk of hypothermia. For stable babies, KMC is at least equivalent to conventional care with incubators in terms of safety and thermal protection.  Less morbidity: Babies receiving KMC have more regular breathing and less predisposition to apnea. KMC protects against nosocomial infections. KMC is associated with reduced incidence of severe illness including pneumonia during infancy.
  6. 6. Thank You

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