Breastfeeding can help create a unique bond between mother and baby, can be part of the relationship you build with your baby, right from birth.
The First Feeding is an Essential Meeting
From birth, you and your baby are ready to bond. For you, milk production is triggered by the secretion of prolactin. For your baby, the sucking reflex is immediate: typically, all you need to do is put baby on your chest and your infant will try to suckle.
With breastfeeding, your baby immediately identifies you as his mother through his nose. The secretion from your nipple has the same smell as the amniotic fluid in which your baby bathed for nine months.
Building An Emotional Bond
Breastfeeding contributes to the development of the relationship between you and your baby. Over time, with frequent nursing, your relationship is enriched with glances, affection given, and smiles shared.
In these exchanges, your baby sees and feels a seamless bond of love, admiration and affection, all of which give him confidence and a sense of security necessary to assist in his discovery of the world.
Prolactin, The "Mothering Hormone"
Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the mammary glands. Production accelerates immediately after childbirth. It was this hormone that triggered the production of your milk at the right time when your baby was born.
Prolactin continues to be produced in large quantities as you are breastfeeding, in response to the suckling baby. If you are not breastfeeding, the rate goes down in the weeks following childbirth.