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How Breastfeeding Can Create a Bond Between Mother and Child

Breastfeeding your baby is an experience that no words can truly describe.  And I guarantee that most moms who have breastfed their baby will more than likely agree.

A bond between a breastfed baby and a mother is amazing.  As you snuggle your baby close to your breast, you are not only providing him or her with the best nutrition possible but an indescribable nurturing relationship.

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Have you ever watched a mom breastfeed her baby?  Have you noticed how she feeds her baby and gazes at him or her while nursing?  I realize that there is a lot of controversy over seeing a woman doing something as natural as feeding her baby.  A woman who breastfeeds her baby in public might get those glares and it is possible that some people might even make some hurtful comments.  Moms, please don’t let this discourage you from breastfeeding your baby in public.


Breastfeeding Satisfies More Than Just Nutritional Needs

Many people think that breastfeeding is simply a way to deliver nutrition to their baby. However, they don’t realize that breastfeeding  has added benefits that goes far beyond a baby’s nutritional needs.  

Here are some helpful ways to understand why breastfeeding can create a bond between mother and child as well as helping a baby thrive during the very important stages of his or her young life.

Do You Ever Wonder Why Your Baby is so Relaxed While Breastfeeding?

While snuggled close to the breast, your baby can quickly recognize your distinct heartbeat.  After all they have grown accustomed to that heartbeat.  

Isn’t it amazing that your heartbeat alone can be so comforting to an infant?  The soothing sound of your beating heart is all they need to feel calm and protected.

Do You Remember When the Doctor Placed Your Baby on your Belly Shortly After Birth?

If you had a c-section, your baby usually isn’t immediately placed on your belly.  In fact, moms who had to have a c-section are likely not to be able to nurse until an hour or two after delivery, usually when mom and baby are moved into a recovery room.  

If you delivered your baby vaginally, your doctor will most likely place your baby immediately on you.  If so, did you happen to notice that your baby automatically attempted to crawl towards your breast?  

Shortly after birth, your baby has an internal instinct to crawl or maneuver their way towards the breast in search of food and comfort.  In fact, your baby can already recognize your scent by the pheromones secreted by your and your baby is drawn to your breasts.  When your baby is nursing, he or she can feel the love, protection, and security from you. This helps to develop a thriving baby.

Have You Ever Wondered Why Your Baby Wants to Nurse Often?

A newborn baby will want to nurse often for the first several weeks of their life. In fact, it might even seem like all you are doing is feeding and changing your baby’s diaper.  A newborn’s stomach is very small and doesn’t hold very much, especially, during those first few days of life.  

As your baby gets older, comfort becomes a reason behind nursing. Comfort nursing goes beyond providing your child nutrition, it encourages a loving relationship. It soothes your baby and allows your baby to become much more familiar with you.  It demonstrates love and security.

Can words describe the bond that breastfeeding created between you and your baby?

When the Bond is Strong


Christy Garrett

Christy Garrett

Christy Garrett lives in Texas and has a degree in Information Technology. She is married to her best friend and has 3 children. In her free time she enjoys, writing about health, fitness, weight loss, and healthy recipes at Up Run for Life. Feel free to follow Christy on:
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  • I love the closeness of breastfeeding. I am currently breastfeeding my fourth baby and I wouldn’t change it for anything. He’s 9 months now and I’m hoping to continue for at least another 9 :). It really is something that just baby and I share. I love it. I know that it’s not for everyone and I would never make someone feel bad who couldn’t do it

  • Great article. Breastfeeding is a beautiful way to bond with your baby. I agree, its not easy for everyone. Latching on was the hardest thing for me and my babies!

    • I agree, breastfeeding isn’t everyone’s cup of tea or they are unable to for whatever reason. I personally loved the skin to skin contact that breastfeeding offers. There are plenty of ways a mom can bond with her baby on a deeper level, even if she is formula feeding. 🙂

  • So true! I nursed all four of my kids until they turned one year. I was blessed to be able to do it for so long with each one of them since I know it doesn’t work out for every one. Jenn is right–you aren’t a bad mother if it doesn’t work out. There are many ways to bond with your baby that don’t involve nursing. If you CAN though, it’s an amazing experience and fosters a close bond and pleasant memories with your child.

  • I nursed all four of my babies. My first two were twins born 10 weeks early. I pumped my milk and brought it to neonatal for three months. The last two weeks, I pumped for one and breastfed the other at home. It wasn’t easy but I was committed to giving them the best start possible. My third pregnancy was a C-section and I had a vertical cut. Breastfeeding was difficult as the baby kept kicking my incision.

    But I stuck with it. My middle pregnancy was easier. I would not change it for anything in the world. More and more studies are showing that there is so much we don’t know about the benefits of breastfeeding, especially things that can’t be replicated. My daughter is studying to become a lactation consultant because she almost gave up and it was lactation consultants that came to the rescue as they recognized her baby was tongue tied.
    Never give up! There are actually professionals who study to help you have a successful breastfeeding experience!

    • Christine thank you for sharing your experience, your experience may help another mom who is scared to try breastfeeding a preemie. It is tough to go home from the hospital without your baby/babies.

      I am glad that more woman are willing to become lactation consultants, they are the backbone to making breastfeeding successful if you are experiencing difficulties.

  • This is so true. Though I’ve never had the pleasure of actually doing it, I highly recommend it to every mom.

  • I was able to breastfeed both of my daughters for two months. I agree with everything you said in the article! Although I wasn’t able to breastfeed longer as some mothers do, I am glad we had those 2 bondng months!

  • Breastfeeding is HARD WORK and doesn’t always work no matter how hard you try! I was over the moon when my 3rd child finally took to the breast! It was an amazing experience. But I want to make sure that those who try and can’t know they are not bad mothers!

    • Breastfeeding is a self sacrifice, especially, during the first few weeks. If a mom can’t breastfeed her baby, she needs to know that she isn’t a bad mom for choosing formula. In order to have a similar bond, mom or dad needs to hold the baby during each feeding.

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Christy Garrett

Christy Garrett

Christy Garrett lives in Texas and has a degree in Information Technology. She is married to her best friend and has 3 children. In her free time she enjoys, writing about health, fitness, weight loss, and healthy recipes at Up Run for Life. Feel free to follow Christy on:
Facebook | Twitter | Google + | Pinterest