The maternal bond is typically the relationship between a mother and her child.
While it typically occurs due to pregnancy and childbirth, it may also occur between a woman and an unrelated child, such as in adoption.
There are hundreds of factors, physical and emotional, which influence the mother-infant bonding process.
Lots of new mothers do not always experience the "instantly-in-mother-love" emotions.
Bonding is a gradually unfolding experience that can take hours, days, weeks or months to evolve.
Many believe that early bonding ideally increases response and sensitivity to the child's needs, bolstering the quality of the mother-baby relationship.