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How much of what we consider a mother's love is actually just instinct?

Do other mammals love their offspring?
WaryWitchWandering · 31-35, F
I dunno man… I met some mothers who have no instinct and no urge or drive to actually be a mother to their children
Budwick · 70-79, M
I have gravel in my driveway with more love instinct than some mothers.

WhateverWorks · 36-40
there’s an instinct to protect (which not all parents have) , but a mother’s ‘love’ extends far beyond the impulse to not let your baby die and teach them fundamental survival skills.

Some animals develop emotional bonds/attachments with other animals, which we might call love.

This booklet is pretty hilarious.
Reject · 26-30, M
For most mothers it’s all instinct. This is where the idea of a mother’s love being unconditional comes from. Not everyone is driven by instinct though and some mothers don’t care in that way. I don’t believe instinct is actual love. That’s just how I feel.
SweetMae · 61-69, F
It is some of both in my opinion. I have seen a herd of elephants protect their young while crossing a river. The babies stay in the middle as the herd crosses.
Magenta · F
Some of it's instinctual I would say.

I think in the animal world it's mostly instinctual and bonding. Humans tend to project human emotions and sentiments onto animals that just are not there.
DunningKruger · 56-60, M
What is love in any case but certain balance of chemistry in the brain based on specific stimulI? Love is a tool of instinct that our brains use to encourage actions most likely to secure the continuation of the species.
Gaiia · F
Mixture of instinct and deep bond, a conscious decision cause being a mom isn't easy at all.
To nurture, to love and really care and sacrifice.
meJess · F
Does it matter as long as care and attention are provided? Plenty of horrible people claimed to ‘love’ the kids they were horrible to.
Lumberjack70 · 51-55, M
We are at the control of our hormones.
Not for all mothers, no.
Fluffybull · F
@V00doo Agree. Not all animals, either.

 
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