One of the most moving experiences of our, relatively, short lives occurs when we become parents – and not just for the first time either. Seeing your offspring ‘live and kicking’, watching them smile, hearing them cry for the first time are all aspects of our lives that we cannot replace. Holding baby for the first time – whether mother or father, is when bonds that last a lifetime are formed. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t all go according to plan and the bond is harder to create – maybe it’s because the baby has difficulty suckling, or perhaps the mother is suffering from the after effects, sometimes it can be because the baby was born caesarean – but the impact can be dramatic.
Whatever the outcome bonding is important and when it doesn’t happen we all feel at a loss. Is there anything that might be done to allay these issues?