Touch and Connection with Babies


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Physical Contact Benefits Baby and Mother

Baby massage, as traditionally done in some cultures, promotes brain development in the baby but also releases bonding hormones in the mother and triggers her mothering instincts. It makes the baby feel more secure and the mother more attentive. Touch is also part of the reason why breastfeeding is so important.

Comfort with our Bodies

Our society sees a fairly low rate of breastfeeding and an increase in the Caesarean sections. These signal a genuine discomfort of women with their own bodies. Returning to traditional practices of touch would fulfill a deep evolutionary purpose.


Dr. Gabor Maté