It’s obvious how much your baby loves to be close to you.
Their drive to snuggle, snooze, and be calmed in close contact is adorable, but more than just a want – it’s a biologically driven need. Babies are wired to seek closeness to ramp up the production of nature’s bond-making, stress-busting, well-being lifting wonder chemical, oxytocin.
Here are three true things you may or may not know about the snuggle hormone:
1. Oxytocin plays a crucial role in labor and breastfeeding. It’s oxytocin that drives labor contractions, and allows the uterus to contract after birth. It triggers the milk “let down” response when stimulated by a nursing infant, and is responsible for those unprecedented love sensations that new parents report. While oxytocin is known for its role in promoting mother/baby bonding, it’s a lesser-known hero contributor to another essential parenting role – fatherhood.