Mother- Infant Bonding Disorders
Normal bonding between mother and infant takes some time to establish. The mother has to get to know her baby’s rhythms and the baby has to feel comfortable with the mother. In most situations the mother and baby get acquainted with each other gradually and feelings towards the baby become stronger within a few weeks. Occasional feelings of irritability or anger especially if the baby is cranky are quite normal and should not be taken seriously.
Advice to women who feel they have bonding problems:
As mentioned earlier, occasional thoughts are normal and resolve with reassurance and time. They may also be related to tiredness or lack of sleep. However, if they persist, it may indicate an underlying depression or a bonding disorder.
Bonding disorders are treatable and need attention. Treatment is usually psychological unless depression or psychosis is detected which will then need treatment.