Monthly Archives: October 2014

Touch and oxytocin – helping the brain grow

Oxytocin is the hormone of love and comfort.  It is mainly generated through human contact and is the “cuddle hormone” that makes the mother want to hug and be close to her baby, strengthening the mother-baby bond.  Connecting with people we care about Continue reading Touch and oxytocin – helping the brain grow

Comforting your baby reduces stress hormones

When a baby becomes stressed, their body produces and secretes the stress hormone cortisol.  When a baby is comforted, cortisol is reabsorbed if that comfort happens soon enough, and the stress response is immediately reduced.  Continue reading Comforting your baby reduces stress hormones