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You’ve probably heard that breastfeeding is a bonding experience, but can science prove it? Well, a new study suggests it can -- and that it has to do with nursing’s effect on mom’s brain. Researchers at the Child Study Center at Yale University studied 17 new moms when they were two to four weeks postpartum, and then again when they were three to four months postpartum, and did brain scans while the moms listened to their own babies cry -- and other babies cry. When those who were exclusively breastfeeding at two to four weeks heard their own babies cry, researchers found more brain activity in the part of the brain associated with higher maternal sensitivity than they did in the moms who were exclusively formula-feeding. Researchers say the data suggests nursing mothers bond with their babies earlier. By three to four months postpartum, though, both groups had high maternal sensitivity, suggesting that by then the bond is sealed, no matter how you choose to feed your baby.
Did you bond with baby right away? Or did it take you guys time to get to know each other?
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