Infant Massage provides many benefits for babies and parents.

Benefits for Baby Include:

  • Infant-Parent Bonding
  • Relaxation
  • Helps baby feel loved
  • Helps baby sleep
  • Facilitates body awareness
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves skin condition
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps with digestion
  • Balances respiration
  • Provides relief for teething pain
  • Helps with waste elimination
  • Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
  • Helps parents learn about their baby’s needs and desires
  • Pleasurable experience
  • Stimulates production of Oxytocin (a hormone that provides pain relief and relaxation).

Benefits of Infant Massage for Parents Include:

  • Helps parents and caregivers feel more comfortable and confident in their ability to care for baby
  • Parents have better understanding of baby’s cues and learn how to respond to cues
  • Parents learn techniques to comfort, calm, and soothe their babies
  • Provides an additional method for close and nurturing contact.

 

 

 

If you would like to learn how to massage your baby, please contact Lorri Greiner, RN, Maternal-Child Health Nurse; Certified Lactation Counselor at (712)-527-9699.