A new survey by parenting charity the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has found that around a third of new mums have problems bonding with their baby after birth.
One in ten new mums also said that they were too embarrassed to speak with a health professional about their baby bonding issues, the survey of 1,515 parents also found.
‘The bond a baby has with its parents acts as a template that shapes the child’s emotions and relationships later in life, so it’s a crucial process,’ says Elizabeth Duff, NCT senior policy advisor.
‘Parents who don’t feel an instant connection with their baby often experience strong feelings of guilt, shame and inadequacy.’
‘We hope our research reassures new parents that they are not alone if they don’t instantly bond with their baby and this this can often take time.’
If you’re having problems bonding with their baby, the NCT encourages you:
- speak with other new parents
- try to embrace being physically close to your little one
- interact with your baby regularly by talking, reading and singing to him or her