Trouble with Infant Bonding


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One of the most important aspects of infancy is bonding with a parent. Bonding, in the most basic sense of the word, is an intense attachment that (usually) occurs naturally between an infant and a parent or parents. Some research seems to show that bonding is such an important part of infancy that infants who don’t sufficiently bond with a parent may experience developmental delays. There is some speculation it can even lead to a failure to thrive. While the science isn’t totally clear on the subject, there are few folks who would deny the importance of bonding between an infant and her parents.

Sometimes, however, a parent has trouble with infant bonding. Any number of things can interfere with the process of bonding. In some cases, bonding may be delayed due to issues with postpartum depression. You see, the changes that a woman goes through during and after birth take a significant toll on her system and her emotions. Postpartum depression is all too common. When a woman experiences a bout of postpartum depression, she may not feel like she can bond with her baby.

That’s a problem, of course. Postpartum depression can cause other issues, too, and it’s important that a woman experiencing postpartum depression talk with hear health care provider or mental health provider sooner, rather than later.

There are times, also, when nothing is wrong but parents may have difficulty bonding with an infant. For example, if your infant has had to be in an intensive care situation with all sorts of equipment, it can be difficult to bond with your infant. In some cases, you may not even be able to touch your baby’s skin, or at least not for any large amount of time.

If you think that this might be the case, you should discuss the problem of bonding with your infant with your health care provider. In addition, the staff of the intensive care unit are often adept at helping with this kind of situation. In some cases, you may be able to make a more gradual transition from the intensive care unit to your home situation, and this seems to help with bonding as well.



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