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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


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.


the instinct in a dam to provide the best protective care for the young. See also maternal neglect, mismothering.

mothering capability
lack of this capacity can cause loss of the neonate, a characteristic of some individual dams and of merino ewes.

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.
She recalled that shortly after her first child was born, she had already begun to cede "the mothering and physical care" of the infant to her husband.
Significantly, taken together it is the physical side of mothering that emerges as the focus of both women's and men's writings.