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Oxytocin: What a Fabulous Hormone

February 2016

To finish out the Valentines month, I want to share just one more post on oxytocin.  This hormone is truly amazing, and is something we continue (as women) to produce throughout our lives.

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To read much, much more on oxytocin, I highly recommend obtaining Kerstin Uvnas Moberg's Oxytocin: The Biological Guide to Motherhood, released by Hale Publishing. www.halepublishing.com and less than $35.00 US. The following quotes are from Moberg's book, with pages in parentheses.

1. "Information from the environment and from different parts of the body reaches the brain via the different senses and via sensory nerves to influence the release of oxytocin" (p 37).

2. "Many different signaling substances are involved in the control of oxytocin release" (p 37), with acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, glutamate, angiotensin II, vasoactive intestinal peptide, corticotrophin-releasing factor, prolactin, estrogens, cholecystokinin, thryotrophin-releasing hormone, and melatonin stimulating the release; and GABA and endogenous opioids inhibiting the release.

3. Oxytocin has the capacity to stimulate or inhibit it's own release.

4. "Stimulation of a vast number of sensory nerves" (uterus, genital tract, gastrointestinal tract, nipple, skin, and oral mucosa) "result in oxytocin release" (p 37). These stimuli include labor, suckling, sexual activity, food intake, and tactile stimulation as well as pheromones and smell, visual and auditory stimuli, and mental representations and conditioning.

5. "Sensory cues--visual, auditory, and olfactory--play important roles in the formation of recognition and bond between mothers and infants" (p 63). "The establishment of recognition and bonding between the mother and her young is linked to a release of oxytocin in the mother's brain during labor and in response to suckling...[and] increases the sensitivity to odors by effects in the olfactory bulb." "The bonding or attachment process is reciprocal. The newborn's suckling and ingestion of colostrum trigger the development of attachment by inducing a release of oxytocin. The hormone cholecystokinin, released from the small intestine, plays an important promoting role in the development of attachment in part by facilitating oxytocin release" (p 64).

6. "The closeness or presence of the newborn reduces stress levels in the mother and a reciprocal effect occurs in the offspring. Consequently, separation causes anxiety in both mother and offspring, which is relieved by closeness to the 'other'. This calming effect contributes to bonding between mother and young, and to the development of attachment between the newborn and its mother" (p 64).

The study of oxytocin in milk production, milk release, bonding, attachment, and maternal/infant behaviors is a fascinating one. Articles referenced in Moberg's book number close to 500! You could spend a lifetime just on this one subject alone, and I believe as we continue to learn about the complexity of this hormone, we will discover even more about how it works. Enjoy...and discuss!


Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA
Course Tutor, Step2 Education




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