Sunday, July 20, 2008

What’s going on in the brain during breastfeeding?

I love learning about the science behind nature, so this article on the neural activity during breastfeeding intrigued me. The article discusses how oxytocin is created in super-bursts (my term) every five minutes or so during breastfeeding. Oxytocin is known as the "trust drug" because it brings a sense of closeness, bonding, and...trust.

I agree, breastfeeding gives mothers a sense of well-being. I had some enjoyable times feeding my daughter in the middle of the night. Notice, I said some. I didn’t bounce out of bed with a smile every time I had to feed her. But a little snuggling and a little oxytocin left me with good memories.