Breastfeeding dynamically changes endogenous oxytocin levels and emotion recognition in mothers

Michiko Matsunaga, Takefumi Kikusui, Kazutaka Mogi, Miho Nagasawa, Rumi Ooyama & Masako Myowa
Breastfeeding behaviors can significantly change mothers’ physiological and psychological states. The hormone oxytocin may mediate breastfeeding and mothers’ emotion recognition. This study examined the effects of endogenous oxytocin fluctuation via breastfeeding on emotion recognition in 51 primiparous mothers. Saliva oxytocin was assessed before and after the manipulation (breastfeeding or holding an infant), and emotion recognition tasks were conducted. Among mothers who breastfed daily, mothers with more increased levels of oxytocin after breastfeeding showed greater reduced...
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