Rooming with your Baby
Keeping your baby with you throughout your hospital stay, “rooming in,” has many benefits for you and your baby
What are the advantages of rooming in?
Babies who room in with their mothers sleep deeper.
Newborns cry less when they are with their mothers. Levels of stress hormones of infants separated from their mothers are twice as high as those of infants who room in. Being with their mother is “home” for babies.
- Milk comes in sooner for mothers who room in than mothers who don’t room in.
- Women who room in with their infants continue to nurse their babies longer.
- Babies who room in are fed more often.
- Women who room in with their newborns have higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding, meaning babies are not fed other foods or fluids besides breast milk, is recommended for babies’ first 6 months by the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other health organizations.
Babies who room in gain weight better.
Babies who room in have decreased jaundice.
Better opportunity to get to know one another
- You have more opportunity to learn about your new baby! Mothers learn to recognize feeding cues when their babies stay in the same room. This doesn’t happen as easily when you are separated.
- You will be better prepared to care for your infant at home.
- You will have more frequent interactions with your baby while rooming in. You will have more opportunity to touch, look at, and get to know one another better.
What about sleep?
- Studies show that mothers get the same amount and quality of sleep when their infants room in as when their infants are out of the room.
- Breastfeed in the side lying or laid-back position: baby can feed while you rest!
- Take the opportunity to rest during the day as well as the night. Your nurse can help with limiting day time interruptions and phone calls, if you’d like.
- Get your naps in along with the baby: sleep when baby sleeps!