Mother and infant: early emotional ties

Pediatrics. 1998 Nov;102(5 Suppl E):1244-6.


Recent behavioral and physiologic observations of infants and mothers have shown them ready to begin interacting in the first minutes of life. Included among these findings are the newborn infant's ability to crawl toward the breast to initiate suckling and mother-infant thermoregulation. The attachment felt between mother and infant may be biochemically modulated through oxytocin; encouraging attachment through early contact, suckling, and rooming-in has been shown to reduce abandonment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Behavior
  • Infant, Newborn / physiology
  • Infant, Newborn / psychology*
  • Labor, Obstetric / psychology
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Oxytocin / physiology
  • Pregnancy


  • Oxytocin