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What can prevent parents from bonding with their baby?

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Sometimes, a mother's or father's situation can affect her or his relationship with a new baby. Any of the following can interfere with your efforts at bonding:

  • A childhood that lacked a positive parental role model
  • A history of depression or mental illness
  • A past pregnancy loss or loss of a child
  • Lack of a social network
  • Life stresses such as a difficult job, unemployment, or other financial troubles
  • Marital problems or abuse

SOURCES:

Hernandez-Reif, M, Diego, M, and Field T , 2007. Infant Behavior and Development

O'Higgins, M., St. James Roberts, I., Glover, V. , 2008. Journal of Affective Disorders

Lee, H. 2006. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi,

Ferber, S and Makhoul, I. , 2004. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Hernandez-Reif, M, Diego, M, and Field T , 2007. Infant Behavior and Development

O'Higgins, M., St. James Roberts, I., Glover, V. , 2008. Journal of Affective Disorders

Lee, H. 2006. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi,

Ferber, S and Makhoul, I. , 2004. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

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