What is Bonding?
Many parents realise that it is important to bond with their baby but fewer know why. In order to bond, both mothers and fathers need to be sensitive to their baby’s needs and to respond appropriately. These repeated responses help to build up a secure attachment or bond. This strong positive relationship or bond forms the basis in the baby’s brain for their future health and happiness – so that is why it is important to bond.
Signs and symptoms
For many reasons this bond may not occur and this can cause difficulties for both the mother, father and the baby. Signs of possible bonding difficulties are:
- You often feel that you don’t know your baby
- You are often not sure if you like your baby
- You often can’t seem to connect with your baby
It is important to speak to your doctor or health visitor about this in the first instance as they may be able to help.
How can I assist?
In the first instance you might want to ask me a question via email – I can offer general advice and guidance, or I can give you personalised advice, treatment and support throughout your pregnancy on the telephone.Make an enquiry