Whom? When? and up to What age?
As a WHO recommendation, infants must be started on KMC immediately after birth, except for severely ill infants, requiring incubator and warmer and other special treatment for their recovery. However, such infants can be started on intermittent KMC or continuous KMC in case the measures for thermal control, feeding and respiratory support are not available. In all cases, timing of initiation of KMC would depend on the region, health system, health facility, of course the parents and the infant.1
KMC continues till the age the preemies reach term (around 40 weeks). This is when the baby shows signs of trying to wriggle and evade out, as it outgrows the need for KMC. The mother is then advised to gradually wean the baby from KMC.1,2