One of my regrets as a mom is that I did not learn infant massage when my children were young. There are huge benefits from infant massage that are as simple as increased bonding with parent and child to better sleep, which if by far the most helpful if you ask any sleep deprived mother. Here is a list of just a few other amazing benefits of infant massage:
• Infant-Parent bonding
• Helps baby feel loved
• Promotes better sleep
• Boosts immune system
• Sensory stimulation
• Improves skin condition
• Improves blood circulation
• Helps digestion
• Caregivers report feeling more comfortable and confident in caring for their baby
• Parents learn to understand and respond to baby’s cues
• Parents learn techniques to comfort their baby
As an adult, one of my favorite things to do is get a massage. I know that is not the case with everyone, but most people respond positively to touch. Some infants, especially super young infants, need some time to adjust to touch. They may not love it at first, or may only tolerate a little bit at a time. Usually, within a few sessions, you can notice a change in a baby’s response from negative to positive.
Over the years as I have taught infant massage I have heard many times that their baby has never slept so well after a massage. They are super excited that they are getting more sleep and the baby is happier. Moms also have multiple times reported that their baby is more regular and less gassy. Whatever issue your baby is having, I would bet it would improve with massage. Not to mention it is a wonderful way to enjoy time with your baby and bond.
Here is a great link for additional information about infant massage from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/infant-massage/art-20047151
I love teaching new moms infant massage. It is amazing to see the interaction. Baby Bonds is a Bosie-based company that serves mothers with lactation support, postpartum doula care, and teaches infant massage. If you are interested in learning more, you can go to my website: www.babybonds.us to see my pricing and my contact information. I hope to hear from you soon!