Why do some mothers and babies take to breast feeding while others don't? And what are the emotions involved for mother and baby when the baby rejects a feed, or when breast feeding stops? What happens when parents and their babies have to negotiate separations, or deal with night-time crying? What if your baby's distress makes you feel that you cannot cope? This book takes the reader through the entire first year of a baby's life, anticipating parents' questions and covering topics ranging from parental feelings during pregnancy to a 10-month-old's sociability and deepening relationships.
Sophie Boswell is a child psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic. She lives in London and is the mother of two children, one of whom is a young baby.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Introduction. 1. Pregnancy, birth and "bonding". 2. The First Six Weeks. 3. Three to Six months. 4. Six to Twelve months. 5. Dealing with Separation: Returning to Work and Weaning from the Breast. Conclusion. Further reading. Helpful organizations. Index.