Spreading the Care

By Tina Rosenberg

The comments on this week’s column on kangaroo care were extraordinary.  Reader after reader told personal, emotional stories of how they did kangaroo care — wearing a baby for many hours a day on a parent’s chest — with their premature babies.  I particularly liked the story sent in by Anita Bruce of Modesto, Calif.: her five- and seven-year-old boys also took turns kangarooing their preemie sister.  Many other readers discussed the wonders of holding their newborns of normal weight, and even older children.  Clearly, kangaroo care was already familiar to many people, and its benefits instinctively appreciated.
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