Hearing your child cry after carrying him or her in your womb for nine months is the most precious moment of your life. You may have been through a lot of places, tasted different cuisines, successful in your career; but none of these achievements can ever replace your happiness when you see your child that can either look exactly like you, your partner, or a mixture of both.
As a mother, your topmost priority in life is to always keep your baby safe. Wrapping your child around your arms is one of the safest places for him or her. Whenever you carry your little one around you, the bond that you have shared with your child right when he or she was still inside your womb becomes stronger.
Sad to say, not all infants are given the privilege to be held by their mothers the moment they come out from the womb. Some of which are due to maternal death, while a fraction of it may be due to unexpected or unwanted pregnancy.
A mother’s touch is important for the development of the infant, physically and psychologically; thus, mothers should not take their child for granted. Research shows that an absence of a mother’s touch can lead infants to depression. Not only that, it also decreases a child’s confidence and willingness to strive better in life.
There are still several benefits babies can get from being touched by their mothers:
Babies feel loved, secured, and recognized.
To be held by our loved ones make us feel secured and loved without any doubt. It is also a sign that they have accepted us in their circle. This is also how babies feel whenever their mothers hold them. The gentler the touch, the more comfortably safe and loving it is. Also, there is an exchange of acceptance for both parties.
Mothers and babies feel relaxed.
Nothing feels more relaxing than seeing your baby sleeping soundly. Seeing your little one feeling relaxed is an assurance that you did your job well as a mother. As for the infant, nothing ever feels more calming than knowing that his or her mother is sleeping beside him or her.
Mothers can reduce postpartum depression.
Giving birth can give you variety of emotions; either excitement, fear, joy, or the most unexpected and less wanted emotion, depression.
Postpartum depression occurs right after giving childbirth. It may happen due to hormonal changes, sudden adjustment of lifestyle, or fatigue. Women who experience this emotion are treated successfully with medication or psychotherapy. However, this can be prevented with proper diet, exercise, stress reduction, and understanding.
Taking care of your baby can be very exhausting since you don’t almost get to pamper yourself, hang out with your friends anytime you want, or do activities spontaneously; but seeing your baby healthy and at ease already makes you feel contented and happy. It may have ripped you off your freedom, but the joy you feel seeing your little child smiling, crying, or simply staring at you is enough to know that you are doing just fine, or even happier than ever.
You can improve your baby’s sleeping patterns.
Letting your baby feel your gentle touch keeps him or her calm. Unlike us, babies are not yet capable of doing various movements and they tend to be sleepyheads. As long your baby feels your presence with your touch, he or she can already be sure that he or she is okay until falling into deep slumber.
Mothers lactate more.
Skin-to-skin contact between the mother and the baby is not only mainly beneficial for the baby, but also for the mother, as well. Having a closer contact with your baby is important to let your baby recognize you as his or her mother. Not only that, it also increases your oxytocin production.
Oxytocin is a hormone responsible for lactation. The more oxytocin your body releases, the more milk you produce for you little one. Feeding your baby with milk straight from the breast is essential for their growth and development.
Though breastfeeding is much ideal for babies, sadly, not all women are capable of producing much milk.