TITLE

Maternal-Infant Bonding: A Review of Literature

AUTHOR(S)
Johnson, Kayla
PUB. DATE
July 2013
SOURCE
International Journal of Childbirth Education;Jul2013, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The quality of the maternal-infant relationship has a significant influence on maternal mental health and infant well-being, development, and adaptation throughout life. Bonding is a unique and long-term emotional tie that begins with the first contact between the mother and infant and continues throughout the postpartum period. Postnatal separation has negative outcomes on the mother-infant bonding process. Mothers who participated in immediate skin-to-skin contact and initiated breastfeeding within two hours following childbirth were more sensitive to the infant's needs and the child seemed more content at one year. Inadequate mother-infant relationships result in long-term consequences for the child. Poor interactions affect the child's cognitive and socio-emotional development, physical health, and personal relationships.
ACCESSION #
89667482

 

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