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The constellation of physical and emotional interactions—e.g., holding, cuddling, rocking, and others—that a caregiver has with an infant; mothering is nearly as important to an infant’s survival as physical care
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Pediatrics The constellation of physical and emotional interactions–eg, holding, cuddling, rocking, and others, that a caregiver has with an infant; mothering is nearly as important to an infant's survival as physical care. See Bonding; Cf Anaclytic depression; Holtism, Social isolation.
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Patient discussion about mothering

Q. How do I break it to my mother that I have infantile amnesia

A. i'de let the doctor that diagnosed me with infantile amnesia to tell it to my parents, he can explains to your mother exactly what it means,treatments all sorts..

Q. how to tell kids their mother has cancer? One is a 4 year old boy and one is a 9 year old girl. any advice?

A. well these kids are dealing with really difficult times. I guess I never thought you should handle these things at such a young age. It gives you a freat jump right into adult life,I don't like it at all, but what can you do? everybody just wish their mother will be better soon.

Q. Can hepatitis pass from mother to her baby? I got hepatitis B when I was given blood in a hospital somewhere in the far east. I’m now pregnant with a baby boy, and I’m a bit worried- Will he also get HBV? I heard that mothers wit HBV must undergo cesarean section instead of regular birth- Is that right? I must add that my liver is fine and I don’t have any active disease at the moment, and so far the pregnancy is OK without any problems. I heard a lot about the importance of breast feeding, and really want to breastfeed him after he’ll be born. Will that be possible?

A. can.but the chance of in utero transmission is oniy 2%.more often it occures at the time of birth.

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The strain of mothering herself as well as her children eventually depletes Brent's psychic and physical resources, so that seven long years of mediation must pass before freedom can be realized.
The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender.
Although these women had spent much of their youth caring for others, it appeared that they may not have received adequate "mothering" themselves.
Indeed, their earlier embrace of "the mothering activity," their effort to be a mother to their mother's children, may have been an attempt to reduce the distance between themselves and their mother by identifying with her.
For example, our failure to understand the work women performed as mothers, including breastfeeding, has led us to conclude that motherhood was a secondary role for women, less culturally significant than women's work as economic providers.(5) In fact, our knowledge of motherhood before the end of the eighteenth century is so slight that we do not know how much time women spent on mothering or to what degree it played a part in determining either women's sense of self or the meaning of women's work.(6) Yet few historians would deny that motherhood, like other social roles, is constructed according to the cultural values of different eras, values that have changed over time and thus created a history of the meaning of motherhood.
American historians, in particular, have devoted considerable energy to studying women's work as wives and economic providers, and have produced little on the work of mothering. Chapter 1 of Jeanne Boydston's book on Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic is typical of the focus on economic production.