Bonding With Child
Mothers who breastfeed their children have a higher likelihood of developing a strong bond with their infants. Researchers believe that breastfeeding releases oxytocin into the mother's brain, which aids in creating the strong bond between mother and child. Oxytocin is a hormone that is released by the pituitary gland which increases the contraction of the uterus during labor and prompts the ejection of milk from the breasts, and these levels are higher in mothers who breastfeed. This hormone is also responsible for promoting an emotional bond between the mother and her child as well as increases the mother's sense of empathy towards their child. The skin to skin contact also promotes a sense of calm and connection for the infant. Overall, breastfeeding encourages a mother's bonding with her child in a natural manner.
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