Skin to Skin Bonding: As Brothers Attach

Written by NPN Guest on March 29th, 2011

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It is five minutes of my life that I will never forget. When I think about that moment, I close my eyes because I can feel it happen all over again. The moment my two sons attached.

Brady, the baby, was two days old. Just home from the hospital. We were all hanging out in our bed and my husband decided it would be a good time to do some “skin to skin” time with our new son. I placed our perfect little newborn upon my husband’s chest; our son’s little eyes were wide open with an intense relaxed gaze.

We knew that this kind of bonding had benefits not only physiologically, but emotionally and spiritually. In fact according to KidsHealth.org, ”touch becomes an early language as babies respond to skin-to-skin contact.” Bonding often occurs naturally almost immediately for a breastfeeding mother, but it is also important for fathers to connect with their infants soon after birth, and skin to skin bonding (or kangaroo care) is an amazing and organic way to strive for this attachment.

Before we could even get a picture of this amazing moment, my nearly-three-year-old, Nathan, was whipping his shirt off with urgency! “I want to do skin, to skin! Put him on me!” He was shaking with excitement, “I wanna do it, mommy! Let me have him!” My husband and I looked at each other and without a word we were putting the two children together, in our family bed, for their first attached moment. My older son has never smiled like he did at that moment. It was pure love, joy, and nature at its best.

I knew Nathan was in love when he met Brady in the hospital hours after Brady’s birth. But my husband and I saw something that moment in our room, when skin to skin bonding changed their new brotherly relationship. That is when their two hearts met, beat together, and (in my mind) solidified their attachment for life.

We are lucky enough to have captured these precious minutes on camera. My favorite shot has been blown up on canvas and is hanging above me so I can forever remember the love that blossomed that day. I can only hope that when Nathan and Brady become grown men and are out of the house and long gone from the family bed, that they can look at this photo fondly. If I have done my job as an attached mother, we will always be an attached family unit.

Photo credit: Author

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Jessica M. Lang is a trained Therapeutic Massage Professional with Degrees in Holistic Health and Exercise Science. She has been helping people feeling happy, healthy and whole for over ten years. Jessica is a wife and the mother of two young boys. She blogs about natural and green parenting in her daily life, with a little dose of humor, at Cloth Diapering Mama.

19 Responses to Skin to Skin Bonding: As Brothers Attach

  1. Seonaid  

    You made me cry, this is so beautiful!

  2. Nev  

    This made me well up..*sniff* What a beautiful photo (and boys!). :)

    Nev

  3. Rachael  

    And so my day began with a few tears — of joy.

  4. Alexis of NorthOnHarper  

    Wow Jessica, what a beautiful and touching moment…. thank you for sharing something so beautifully intimate!

  5. teresa  

    I could look at the photo all day! So beautiful. Oh my how you can give a girl the baby fever!

  6. Petunia GreenBeans  

    Well there you go again mama…making me cry!!! The good kind of tears of course. Such a beautiful moment, how fortunate that you could capture it in a photo! Nathan’s smile in this moment is simply priceless. <3

  7. Jessica @ clothdiaperingmama  

    I’m so glad you have felt moved by our special moment! I read this article to Nathan this morning and he was obsessed with taking another picture like that with his brother…so in between nudges and pinches the baby got lots of huggies today! Thanks to NPN for this great opportunity and to all of you who shared this and left me such SWEET comments!!!

    xoxoxo

  8. Lori Popkewitz Alper  

    What a beautiful post. And to have a photo of your boys bonding-how precious. Something all of you will treasure forever.

  9. Kelly  

    awww…my heart just melted…so beautiful! Thank you for sharing that story and picture…I can see what a lovely thing I have to look forward to. :)

  10. Lauren  

    Oh! That is the sweetest thing. I love that picture. I’m definitely going to hope our older son and his new sibling-on-the-way have just such a beautiful experience.

  11. Crystal

    This made me cry. I’d like to chalk it up to being pregnant and hormonal and the fact that my own little one is on the verge of becoming a big brother, but I probably would’ve cried anyways! This is beautiful.

  12. Kristin @ Intrepid Murmurings  

    Love it! Love the story and the picture. What a great moment to remember!

  13. Jessica @ clothdiaperingmama  

    Wow! All of these wonderful mommies crying over my story….that means so much…and I know its because you’ve all had, or are going to have a similar moment where the magnitude of emotion is so high it takes on a life of its own.

  14. Kristen  

    What a beautiful story and beautiful picture! I love it, brings back memories of when my daughter met her little brother. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Momma Jorje

    Oh my, beautiful! I’ll keep this in mind when we have our next, as well. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Momma Jorje

    Linked this article on my Sunday Surf this week.

  17. Barbara Morrison, PhD, RN, CNM, FNP

    Thank you for sharing your story and picture of your son doing KC with his new baby. I would like to talk with the authors of the story about a project I am doing to educate new parents about kangaroo care. You can contact me at the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing or reply to this posting. Thank you

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