Oxytocin links mothering received, mothering bestowed and adult stress responses.

@article{Pedersen2002OxytocinLM,
  title={Oxytocin links mothering received, mothering bestowed and adult stress responses.},
  author={Cort A. Pedersen and Maria L. Boccia},
  journal={Stress},
  year={2002},
  volume={5 4},
  pages={259-67}
}
We review recent discoveries that implicate oxytocin in the intergenerational transmission of similar levels of maternal behavior and acute stress responses in female rats. First, ICV-infused oxytocin antagonist decreased the display by nursing dams of pup-licking (PL) and arched-back nursing (ABN), but not other components of maternal behavior, and increased maternal self-grooming suggesting that oxytocin may shift the balance of oral grooming by dams away from themselves and toward pups… CONTINUE READING