In the nine months that you carry your baby in your womb, the anticipation of meeting your baby continues to grow with each passing month. It slowly becomes the thing at the forefront of your mind, overcoming all fears, worries and anxieties. And then, when the wait is finally over and you touch your baby's tiny hands, it already turns out to be one of the best moments of your entire life.
Right after your delivery, no matter if it's your first baby or third, the first few days are bound to be magical and enchanting. Despite the stressors that accompany a newborn, the warmth, love and bond that you get to experience with your little one, makes everything worth it.
One of the best ways to initiate bonding with your baby is through breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, along with providing unbeatable nourishment to your newborn in those first few months, is also by far the best way to strengthen the bond between a mother and her baby. By providing the comfort of skin-to-skin contact will ensure your baby that you are there to care for them, no matter what!
Unfortunately, breastfeeding may not always be easy. But with the benefits it offers to both you and your baby, it is worth all the effort it takes. Here's how breastfeeding promotes bonding.
Primarily, it revolves around the psychological need that's fulfilled when you provide the comfort, closeness, and nourishment to your newborn. Breastfeeding releases love hormones, from mom to the baby—that promote the formation of a strong bond.
It's not just the act of feeding that helps build the bond. It is the overall closeness that one needs to breastfeed, which provides reassurance of their dependency on you.
The bond that breastfeeding forms is something that will last a lifetime. It's psychological closeness helps show your baby the safety that your arms can provide. It encourages understanding, protection, love and an emotional closeness that will help them for years to come.