THE FATHER BOND IS DEEPER THAN YOU THINK
Vasopressin & Protection
Although present and active during bonding in the mother and infant, vasopressin
plays a much bigger role in the father. This hormone promotes
brain reorganization toward paternal behaviors when the male is cohabitating (living with) with the pregnant mother. The father becomes more dedicated to his mate and expresses natural behaviors of protection. Released in response to nearness and touch, vasopressin promotes bonding between the father and the mother, helps the father recognize and bond
to his baby, and makes him want to be part of the family, rather than
alone. It has gained a reputation as the "monogamy hormone."
Dr. Theresa Crenshaw, author of The Alchemy of Love and Lust,
says, "Testosterone wants to prowl, vasopressin wants to stay home." She also
describes vasopressin as tempering the man's sexual drive.