Steve Shelov MD FAAP Parenting Expert Chairman of Maimonides Infant and Children's Hospial of Brooklyn Author of "Your Baby's First Year" and "Caring For Your Baby and Young Child" from The American Acad. of Pediatrics www.DrMDK.com
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When the baby is born, in the beginning we have discussed, reports about Bonding. What do you mean by bonding? Research has shown that those very first minutes of life, when the baby is first born, there is a tremendous immediate attachment between mother and baby, to the degree to which when the mother is having a baby placed right on here belly, right after delivery. The baby will crawl up to latch on to that breast, right in the delivery room, if it's allowed. That incredible attachment in recognition of the bond between mother and baby starts from the moment of birth and it's important to allow those magical moments to take place throughout that first hours to day's life. It's amazing how the mother and baby develop that connection and the immediate sense of dual purpose of having that baby become a real person and having that mother make that happen happens from the very beginning. There has been a lot of research done by John Kennell and Marshall Klaus to show the importance of those early hours. We even know that the state of the baby, that is the awareness of the baby, is amazingly alert in those first hours of life. More so than even in the first several days. That awake alert state puts the mother and baby in direct connection and that direct connection lasts for a lifetime.

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