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The benefits of mutual regulation in infant bonding

I’ve been totally immersed in the work of Dr Sarah Buckley lately. The more I learn about the magical process of bonding and attachment between mother and baby, the more I want to share this with the world.


I’ve recently learned about the concept of mutual regulation from Sarah’s work which describes the constant exchanging of chemical and energetic information from the mother and baby which goes on to influence both their bodily processes and enhances baby’s brain development.


Did you know that when enjoying skin-to-skin with your baby your skin temperature will naturally increase to bring them warmth? Better than any blanket or onesie could provide! A mother’s breastmilk composition of healthy fats, protein, micronutrients and water will adjust to the unique needs of their offspring, and their emotional and physical presence will help to lower baby’s stress hormones and activate their parasympathetic nervous system (involved in rest/digestion and relaxation). Not only this, but mutual regulation is also so incredibly valuable to the mental well-being of the mother from the influx of mothering (love, pleasure and nurturing) hormones oxytocin, beta-endorphin and prolactin that she receives.


I’ll leave you with this quote from Sarah...


Our growing understanding of mutual regulation demonstrates that, in many important ways, mother and baby are one physiologic organism – motherbaby.


Isn’t this so beautiful and amazing!?

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