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IS THIS NORMAL?
Is it normal not to love my baby?
Society has conditioned us to believe that the attachment between a mother and her baby is instant.
The truth is, mothers need to bond with their babies to "feel" the love. Not all mothers feel that gush of emotions the moment they see their baby.
This is especially true if you're under a lot of stress (for example, financial or marital stress) and/or suffering from postpartum depression.
New mothers often feel emotionally and physically overwhelmed by the increased responsibility of a new family member.
It's normal to feel exhausted, overwhelmed and distant. The arrival of a new baby is a shock and no mother can truly be prepared for 24/7, no days off childcare for the next 18 years.
WHEN TO BE CONCERNED
If you're having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, you must consult with pediatrician immediately. Postpartum depression affects many mothers around the world and needs to be addressed as soon as symptoms surface.
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