Thursday, 17 September 2009

Bonding with your toddler after Postnatal Illness

Many of the books talk about bonding with your new born baby but if you have suffered from mental health issues as a new mother bonding difficulties can continue at a later stage.

Recently a mum asked for ideas to help this. I reassured her by saying that many children will express a preference at times for their dad, grandparents or significant other. As a recovering mum this can make you feel even more guilt and convince you that you are a failure! It can be so very hard when they reach out to others when you so need them to want you.

Be patient. Be kind to yourself and the bond WILL grow.

Here are some further sites with useful ideas.,,24_708873-1,00.html

Good luck!

Elaine Hanzak

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