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Will I be able to bond with my baby if I didn't get to hold her right away?

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Aug. 12, 2017

I know how important is it to bond with your baby right after birth, but because of some complications, I didn't get to hold my daughter until almost two hours after she was born. Is this going to affect the bond that I am able to form with her?

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Laura in Pontiac, MI
Aug. 12, 2017

I doubt that. Hopefully you will be nursing the baby, which will release oxytocin - the wonderful hormone that floods your system during nursing. If you are not nursing - you will still bond with the baby if you hold her while bottle feeding. And look at the baby while feeding. You will get the same feeling. It's very important for you and the baby.

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of course! A baby that is adopted at 6 months is very capable of bonding with his/her adoptive parents. The most formative years for all children is birth to 3 years, so I think you're safe.

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I'm not a mother but my mother wasn't able to hold my brother for 4-6 hours after the birth and they have a perfectly normal relationship now. During the pregnancy the baby learns the sound of your voice and is soothed by it. This usually lets the baby know who their parent or parents are. This is also true for the father, because he is the one you usually talk to the most. The bond with your baby shouldn't be affected by the 2 hour gap.

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