Breastfeeding is an experience that most new mums cherish. Besides the satisfaction and sense of empowerment they get from nourishing their babies, nursing is one of the first ways they bond with them.
According to Helen Espina Cruz, a senior lactation consultant at Raffles Hospital, skin-on-skin contact releases hormones, such as oxytocin, in the mum’s body. These hormones promote positive emotions that make a mother feel closer and more connected to her infant.
“The mum also gets to hold her baby and look into his eyes or caress him while he feeds,” adds Elaine Chow, president of the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group Singapore. “In the middle of a busy day, breastfeeding gives mums a chance to just sit still and relax with their babies.”