aby Sleep Myths Debunked...
It’s expected that new mothers feel an incredible rush of love the moment they set eyes on their newborn baby, but what if you don’t feel that?
While some mothers feel that unconditional love and bond for their baby instantly, that maternal instinct can take weeks or even months for some mothers to develop, and , but the important thing to remember is that you’re not alone.
According to the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), around a third of mums don’t feel that instant bond with their newborn, and it can be for many reasons such as a difficult birth, trouble adjusting to motherhood, or sometimes for no obvious reason at all.
While bonding is an ongoing process, there are things that parents can do to get to better know their baby and improve on that bond.
1. Skin-to-skin contact
Spending some time cuddling skin-to-skin can help those struggling to find that maternal instinct. Massaging your baby or taking baths together can help, and the simple act of stroking your baby can help calm them, which is helpful if your newborn is fractious.
2. Talking to your baby
Your baby might not understand what you’re saying, but apart from being the best way for your baby to start understanding language, the sound of a parent’s voice will soothe your infant, as well as giving mum’s a means to express their emotions and talk about their everyday activities.
3. Using a sling
Going for a walk with your baby in a sling, and talking to them as you walk, maybe describing what you see will be good for both of you. As well as the fresh air and change of surroundings, the physical closeness will strengthen your bond.
4. Talk to others about your feelings
Always remember that you’re not alone in how you feel, and don’t bottle it up and keep it to yourself. Try attending local baby groups such as baby massage or breastfeeding groups to help open up conversations with other mums who may be in the same position.
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