Document Type : Research Article
Background- Early skin-to-skin contact (SSC) after birth is a physiological practice that is internationally recommended and has well documented importance for the baby and for the mother. Objectives – to investigate the impact of early skin-to-skin contact among cesarean section mother on breastfeeding, neonatal adaptation and maternal satisfaction.Material & Method- This quasi-experimental study was conducted in selected nursing homes in West Midnapore, West Bengal. The sample consisted of 80 antenatal mothers with their baby. The tool used was a self-structured questionnaire including rating scale used for data collection. The samples were grouped into experimental groups and control groups with 40 samples in each group. The sampling technique used was the non-probability purposive sampling technique. Among all study samples it was assessed by using t-test or chi-square statistical analysis, and analysis was done by the use of SPSS software version 20 and Microsoft Excel, 2007. It was found that the mean breastfeeding score was 23.4 ± 2.1 and 13.7 ± 2.9 in the experimental and control group. The maternal satisfactions mean score in the experimental and control group was 47.7 ± 3.0 and 30.7 ± 2.4. Results- The study shows that the early skinto- skin contact has significant impact on the breastfeeding status and maternal satisfaction level. Early skin-to-skin contact does not have significant impact on neonatal adaptation.