15Time To Connect With The Newborn
It’s true that mom and her baby have technically been attached for nine months, but the hour right after birth is the perfect time for them to connect when the baby is outside of the womb. Breastfeeding can help mom and her child bond early on and give mom an
early success that leaves her feeling capable of taking on all of the tasks that come with being a parent.
Hospitals now are even becoming baby-friendly, meaning they don’t remove a child from mom after birth unless it’s necessary. The baby can stay in the room, nurse, and build the connection that is going to last a lifetime.
Aiding in this bond will be the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin has been nicknamed the love hormone, and UNICEF says it can help moms feel more connected to their babies. Breastfeeding stimulates the release of oxytocin, so the sooner the better. Mom will love her baby no matter what, but the early release of oxytocin can calm mom and make it easier for her to soothe her crying baby who has just entered an unfamiliar environment.
This kind of attachment is possible even if mom has a C-section. Talking to the OB early on can help ensure that mom has the early attachment and nursing time with the baby and that neither miss this opportunity.