Mother–baby bonding issues run in the family

Women who had dysfunctional relationships with their mothers have lower levels of oxytocin and are more likely to struggle when bonding with their own babies, an Australian study shows.

The findings suggest bonding pathways are established in infancy, and that these could be used to identify at-risk mothers and prompt interventions that could help them develop these crucial bonds, according to the the study of 100 pregnant women, 50 of whom had high-level separation anxiety.

After taking blood samples before and three months after birth to measure oxytocins levels, the University of NSW researchers