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Kangaroo Mothering


The World Health Organization does not warrant that the
information contained in this publication is complete
and
correct and shall not be liable for any damages
incurred as a result of its use.
Printed in France
TABLE OF CONTENTS
GLOSSARY
ABBREVIATIONS
1 . Introduction 1
1 . 1 The problem - improving care and outcome for low-
birth-weight babies 1
1 .2 Kangaroo mother care - what it is and why it
matters 2
1 .3 What is this document about? 3
1 .4 Who is this document for? 3
1.5 How should this document be used? 3
2. Evidence
2.1 Mortality and morbidity 6
2.2 Breastfeeding and growth
2.3 Thermal control and metabolism 8
2.4 Other effects 8
2.5 Research needs 9
3. Requirements 11
3.1 Setting 11
3.2 Policy 12
3.3 Staffing 12
3.4 Mother 13
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