Bonding to Wellbeing
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The purpose of this literature review is to explore obstacles that interfere with mother-infant attachment, and what can be done to overcome these barriers. Poor mother-infant attachment can lead to strained relationships in adulthood, the worsening of pre-existing mental health issues in mothers, and a myriad of negative side effects in children, impaired social and emotional health among them. This paper examines peer-reviewed articles on obstacles to mother-infant bonding and proposes potential solutions. Methods that were found to enhance attachment include maximizing skin to skin contact, treating postpartum pathology, and reducing emotional distress in pregnancy and labor.
© Ivory C. Butler
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Butler, Ivory C., "Postnatal Bonding and Barriers: a Literature Review on Helping Secure Mother-Infant Attachment" (2020). Selected Undergraduate Works. 12.