LÍLLÉ Lessons: The Magic of Oxytocin

LÍLLÉ Lessons: The Magic of OxytocinYou've heard it said that babywearing comes with many benefits - convenience, closeness, comfort, ease - but did you know that traveling chest to chest with baby may actually be setting both of you up for a more peaceful, bonded, chemically love-filled life?

It all happens through the magic of oxytocin.

Oxytocin, often referred to as the "love hormone," is a hormone produced in our bodies in response to physical touch, cuddling, or bonding with other humans.  It is a key component in labor and birth, and an important element of early bonding between parents and infants.

LÍLLÉ Lessons: The Magic of Oxytocin

Skin to skin contact, especially chest to chest, can help to increase oxytocin production - and the benefits are pretty incredible!

More oxytocin means:

Improved mood and maternal behavior - oxytocin functions like an antidepressant and increases a sense of well being and security

Reduced aggression and anxiety

Lower blood pressure

Increased pain threshold

An overall sense of healthy bond and attachment

Decreased stress

Consistent and regulated milk production in mothers

LÍLLÉ Lessons: The Magic of OxytocinAnd the best part?  Infants who experience healthy and consistent oxytocin production through contact, bond, and touch, seem to carry these benefits with them throughout their lives as they bond, love, and live.

Carrying your little one chest to chest today may be helping them build the pathways that will help them bond with their own babies some day in the future.  That's pretty magical.

LÍLLÉ Lessons: The Magic of Oxytocin
Oxytocin research in this post summarized from the work of Dr. Kersten Moberg, MD, PHD, by way of the Bond Conference 2016.  Dr. Moberg is widely accepted as the world wide authority on oxytocin and physiological mechanisms of birth, breast feeding, and maternal adaptation.

World Breastfeeding Week, and an Epic Giveaway! - LILLEbaby BlogThis post is part of LÍLLÉbaby's celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.

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LÍLLÉ Lessons: The Magic of Oxytocin