How the ‘love hormone’ helps dads and bubs bond
Oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’, may help dads to bond with their babies, according to a recent study. “Our findings add to the evidence that fathers, and not just mothers, undergo hormonal changes that are likely to facilitate increased empathy and motivation to care for their children,” said study lead author James Rilling of Emory University in Atlanta.
Researchers say that oxytocin could be used in the future to encourage fathers to be more involved in their children’s lives, in cases where it’s needed, such as in men suffering from postpartum depression. They also found that fathers’ involvement with their children reduces the child’s risk of illness and death, and helps children’s social, mental and educational development.