In recent years child-development experts have come to attach a great deal of importance to the bonds formed between mothers and their children in the first few weeks of life. In this study Larissa Rossen from the University of New South Wales in Sydney looked at a sample of 372 women (and their children) to see how bonding developed in the first eight weeks of a baby’s life. They found that bonding increased significantly throughout pregnancy in quality and intensity with stronger antenatal bonding during mothers’ pregnancies predicting stronger post-natal bonding. The following factors were all linked to poorer bonding at eight weeks:
- Being an older mother
- Being born in a non-English speaking country
- Not working full-time
- Being a first-time mother
- Breast-feeding problems
- Babies’ crying behaviour
You can read the abstract of this article here.