Bonding is the first step of attachment parenting. Winnicott observed the bonding process beginning in the first seconds after birth as baby is placed on Mother’s belly while the chord is still attached. The heart beat that baby knew so well from within, is hear again from without.
Holding, touching, skin to skin contact is the start of a life-long journey of parenting. Bonding between parent and infant is the foundation of all further relationships. I encourage mothers to be as hands on as possible, rooming-in in the early weeks and not to have too many care-givers but rather cocoon baby and parents (and grandparents if available). Accept all the offers of assistance for help around the home, so you can save your energy and time for baby and you in the early days.