Oxytocin: All About the Love Hormone

A mother is touching foreheads with her newborn daughter. They are laying in a hospital bed and filled with oxytocin, the love hormone.

Oxytocin: All About the Love Hormone

Widely known as the love hormone, attachment hormone, or the cuddle hormone, oxytocin is one of the essential acting hormones in the process of conception, birth, lactation, and bonding. It helps us grow deeper in love with our babies and each other. There are even ways we can increase the love hormone in ourselves to deepen connections to each other.

What Does Oxytocin Do in the Body?

The name oxytocin comes from the Greek words for “fast birth” due to its role in uterine contractions during the birth process. You may have heard of the synthetic version called Pitocin, which is given to women to help speed up or start labor. Oxytocin is the natural hormone that enables you to push during birth. It also aids in reducing bleeding once the baby and placenta are delivered.

After birth, oxytocin goes to work by moving milk into the breast to feed your baby. This is known as the “let down reflex.” While you breastfeed, oxytocin is sent to your brain, stimulating further oxytocin release, allowing for more milk expression. This oxytocin surge is also why nursing mothers can experience contractions during the early days of breastfeeding. The oxytocin released while nursing once again stimulates the uterus to contract, helping it return to its pre-pregnancy state. After nursing is over, oxytocin release stops until the next time you feed your baby.

However, the love hormone is involved in many more aspects of reproduction and bonding than contractions and lactation. Here is a list of a few:

  • Social recognition and memory of faces
  • Arousal in men and women
  • Lowering anxiety in social situations
  • Increasing the bond between couples
  • Maternal and paternal bonding with their babies

If you’ve heard of the fight or flight response to stress that’s caused by other hormones — adrenaline mainly, then think of oxytocin as producing the opposite effect — tend and befriend.

How Does Oxytocin Affect Bonding?

Mammals depend on bonding and attachment to ensure that offspring are well cared for and able to survive. Oxytocin helps develop bonds in both women and men; mothers, and fathers.

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The influence oxytocin has is far-reaching. And the research is still coming in on exactly how it works and in which ways.

How Oxytocin Affects the Mother-Infant Bond

As mentioned, breastfeeding stimulates oxytocin and creates the “let-down reflex.” After a while, your body can become used to this connection, and your breasts can fill with milk when you hear your baby cry for feeding or if you think about nursing.

Research published in Psychological Science shows that the amount of oxytocin a pregnant mother has in her body during each trimester affects how she will bond and care for her baby after birth. From the first trimester, women with the highest levels of oxytocin were shown to bond better with their babies after birth. This effect carried on throughout the whole pregnancy. This indicates that the women with the highest oxytocin levels through all three trimesters reportedly demonstrated more special bonding behaviors such as singing and during bathing and feeding times.

Interestingly, a study published in Hormonal Behavior shows women who have higher oxytocin response to cuddling with their babies were more sensitive to moods, physical touch, and emotions. They were also less compulsive and task orientated. Higher oxytocin is essential for combatting stress during the early infant stage. Oxytocin helps buffer the adverse effects of stressful situations such as a baby crying a lot and lack of sleep. Things new parents face more often than not.

How Oxytocin Affects the Father-Infant Bond

Fathers also experience changes due to oxytocin and other hormones after the birth of their baby. Involved fathers who are in contact with the mother and their baby produce more oxytocin and prolactin — another hormone involved in lactation. They also produce cortisol, which helps them to stay alert to the needs of their new offspring.

Comforting, soothing, and caring for your baby helps to stimulate oxytocin and create special loving bonds between you. Fathers can experience this just as well as mothers and benefit significantly from participating in these roles. These bonds go both ways and will help your baby bond better with you as well.

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How Oxytocin Affects Couples

Aside from the parent-baby bonding benefits of oxytocin, the love hormone also plays a role in increasing the bond between couples. Oxytocin has been shown in studies to strengthen monogamy and create lasting pair bonds. What’s even more impressive, the love hormone is responsible for men in monogamous relationships tending to keep their distance from other attractive women. That’s right; this hormone causes men to be more reserved and less friendly with women who are not their bonded partner, according to research published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Oxytocin helps us be more empathetic and understanding of each other. These are essential aspects of any good romantic relationship. The love hormone is the highest when love is in the air, double the level seen in pregnant women. Couples who have the highest levels of oxytocin in their early days of dating are more likely to be still going strong several months later. They even showed more signs of a close connection, such as touching and finishing each other’s sentences.

Higher levels of the love hormone in couples increase behavior that helps relationships stay secure and healthy. These behaviors include some of the following:

  • Better communication
  • More intense emotions
  • Lowered stress hormone levels (cortisol)
  • More smiling
  • More eye contact
  • Open with expressing feelings

All of these attributes help lower conflicts and increase bonds between couples. Researches believe that men with more oxytocin are less likely to do the typical emotional shutdown and disengaging, which is a frustration of many partners. They are more engaged and communicate better than men with lower oxytocin levels.

How Do You Increase Oxytocin to Reap These Benefits?

There are several ways you can try to increase the production of oxytocin and create closer bonds with your baby and your partner. One of the most researched ways to do this is physical touch.

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You and your baby will benefit significantly from skin-to-skin contact. The more skin-to-skin connection a mother or father has with their baby, the greater the oxytocin levels. These higher levels link strongly to a closer bond with more affectionate, responsive behavior towards your baby. Babies who have gotten more skin-to-skin contact are calmer and less likely to cry.

There are several ways to promote skin-to-skin:

  • Place your baby on your chest with a warm blanket over you right after birth. If this can’t happen immediately, try to have the skin-to-skin happen as soon as everyone is safe, healthy, and able.
  • Breastfeeding is fantastic for getting lots of quality skin-to-skin time with your baby. If you bottle feed, try to simulate this by having both you and your baby’s skin touching during feeding.
  • Fathers can snuggle with their baby skin-to-skin as well. Research has shown the benefits extend to dads too. Dads who participate in skin-to-skin are more confident and at ease than those who don’t.

As for couples, skin-to-skin and physical touch are great for increasing the love hormone for you too. Touch is part of bonding and helps increase connection and intimacy. Oxytocin also releases during orgasm for both men and women.

Just the act of spending time together engaging in fun activities increases the love hormone and helps fuel attachment to one another. An interesting study published in The Journal of Marriage and Family shows that playing board games or taking an art class together, along with other couple activities, boosted levels of oxytocin. The researches noted that any activity that includes novelty, touch, or sex could help to increase oxytocin and, therefore, attachment and love for one another.

So, snuggle up with your main squeeze and play some games together. It could lead to a more open, communicative, and an overall happier relationship.

About the Author /

Rachel MacPherson is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach who's passion is helping families feel energized to lead vibrant, fit lives. She writes about balancing a healthy lifestyle with self-care and positive body image and creates fresh, healthy meal prep recipes on her site RadicalStrength.ca. Rachel lives in Montreal with her partner, super active kiddos, and three kitties.

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It feels like our world as we knew it has flipped completely upside down the past few weeks. 🔁 With the Coronavirus pandemic, our everyday routines have been shaken up and, for many of us, not in a good way. 😫 Now that we are forced to figure out how to work from home AND take care of our children full-time, we are slowly discovering our new normals. 🤹‍♀️ This is the time, more than ever, to organize and streamline our lives and our homes. ❤️⁠
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I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

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Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
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Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
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Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home 🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home⁠ 🏡⁠
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If you have kids of any age at home right now, you know by now that structure and routine can help any day go more smoothly. 🙌 Building good habits and activities into your daily routine can provide opportunities for educational learning, play, stress-reduction, nourishment and rest. ❤️ Certainly, not every day has to be structured. And it’s healthy to allow for spontaneity and free time when you’re home together with family. But if you’re looking for a roadmap to build a new daily routine with your children during this season of social distancing, read on for a few fresh ideas! These are some easy tips you can start to build a great structure to your days spent at home. ⁠{Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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And this is truer now than ever before. 📷 from And this is truer now than ever before.
📷 from the hilarious @honestlymommy⁠
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👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠ 👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠
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Potty training can be one of the most challenging endeavors of your baby’s first few years. 😫 But this is a great time to get started if your little one is ready. Rest assured, there are several methods and strategies out there to set you and your baby up for success! 🙌 We decided to borrow some lessons from the Montessori philosophy and apply these lessons to potty training. While potty training the Montessori way may not be for everyone, many parents have used this method and loved it!⁠ Here's what we've learned and how it could help your family. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @curlylittledreams⁠
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The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠ .⁠ #coronav The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠
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🎒 8 Tips from a Homeschooling Mom⁠ 👩‍🏫⁠
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If you’re like many parents and caregivers right now whose children are suddenly home all day instead of at school, and you are now facing the prospect of a crash course in homeschooling, you may have said once (or a hundred times) I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING!?!? 😰 You are not alone, I promise!⁠
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I have been homeschooling for years, and yet this pandemic has my family’s entire world turned upside down. We’ve been missing our library dates, ballet classes, afternoons at the playground, chess club, but most of all: our friends. My usually-somewhat-agreeable child has been downright combative and emotionally on-edge these past few days, poor thing. 😢 This quarantine is so hard on everyone, but especially our most vulnerable . . . which includes our children. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading about the hows and whys of homeschooling as well as this mama's great tips to help you and your child start learning at home!}⁠
Article by: Bree Von Lopez⁠
📷: @watsonhomestead⁠
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🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are 🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are clean⁠
When I'm not with you I save our lives⁠
Give me a siiiiign . . . hit my baby now online 🎶⁠
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🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for B 🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for Baby Number Two⁠ 👧👶
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Congratulations mama! You're pregnant with baby number two. 💗 How exciting! 🥳 I know, you probably have a ton of thoughts and questions racing through your mind like, "Am I REALLY ready for another baby?!" Or how about, "How do I prepare my family and home for baby number two?!"⁠ 😳
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They're all reasonable questions. However, I want you to remember something. Remember that you probably felt unsure about some things during your first pregnancy and guess what, YOU GOT THROUGH THEM! 💪 Here you are again and yes mama, YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOO!⁠ ❤️
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To help you ease some of those worries, we’re sharing 10 ways to prepare for baby number two!⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📸: @by.sofiehammer
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🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distan 🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distancing 🎁⁠
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During this season of social distancing, there are still many ways to help new moms, even if you can’t visit them in person. Having a newborn is challenging—from managing new emotions brought on by hormones 🥴 to sleep deprivation 🥱 to adjusting to a new life together as a family. 🏡 But support from loved ones and friends will help new moms (and their families) get through those first few months postpartum successfully. ❤️ We’re sharing a few tried-and-true ways to support the new mom in your life, without risking exposure to germs by visiting her in person. 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @annalyncook⁠
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Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friend Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friends at a restaurant and have a large margarita WITHOUT our kids. 🍹😂 What are you gonna do when you get out?⁠
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The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻 📷: The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻
📷: @krystal.mariexo⁠
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🤰 What Is Happening With Your Postpartum Body?⁠ 👶⁠
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During pregnancy, your body is undergoing rapid changes to nourish the life growing inside of you. 💗 These changes can be exciting and welcomed in anticipation of meeting the newest member of your family. 🤗 However, after baby comes, we often forget, or just weren’t prepared, for the continued changes and discomforts of what is happening with your postpartum body. 😳 For years, these less than glamorous aspects of the “fourth trimester” were suppressed and not talked about openly. We can all be thankful that we live in an age where even the uncomfortable subjects can be talked about openly to help us all realize we aren’t alone.⁠ And that's exactly what we're doing today. Our resident OBGYN is talking about what exactly is happening to our postpartum bodies. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @tanishasnell_⁠
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👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learnin 👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learning at Home⁠ ❤️⁠
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As a teacher and mom, I can completely understand the panic I see from other moms who have been suddenly thrust into a teaching-from-home position due to the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures. Moms around the country are scrambling to find a way to continue their child's education by implementing learning from home. But most aren't sure where to start!⁠
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Like many of you reading this, I have seen social media posts from (what I like to call) the moms-of-Pinterest to the moms-barely-keeping-it-together. 🙋‍♀️ I have seen families plan structured activities throughout each day and families play outside all day (in their own space, of course). Both are okay! There is really no right or wrong way to do this. But because of my background as a teacher and mom, I want to offer some encouragement and tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: Shannon Alba⁠
📷: @chantellelournes⁠
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Velcro kids are the beeeeesssstttt . . . 🙈🙈🙈⁠ We're already stuck in this house together. It's called social distancing, kid. Give mama a little space. 😑😂⁠
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If they complain that everyone else is going out, If they complain that everyone else is going out, you tell them, “You’re not everyone.” How the tables have turned. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️⁠😂
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🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of CO 🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of COVID-19⁠ 🧸
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It’s hard to be a parent at times like these. It means lots and lots of cleaning, and being vigilant about killing germs on a daily basis. 🦠😷 During this season when many of us have our kids at home, too, it’s important to learn the best known strategies for how to clean your kids toys effectively. We have a mama, teacher, childcare provider, and school administrator on baby-chick.com today and she has seen and tried all different kinds of ways to keep toys and the objects children use most often clean and free of germs. It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it!⁠ 👍
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Even though COVID-19 is a novel virus, experts say that we can still use products that the Environmental Protection Agency lists as effective on killing similar viruses, like the rhinovirus or common cold. And when we halt the spread of germs in our own home, we are doing our part to keep our communities healthy, too.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @inmomsitrust⁠
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