Research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health says mom's affection early on helps create a self-assured adult.
Researchers studied nearly 500 people as children and adults. They found high levels of motherly affection seemed to facilitate secure attachments and bonding.
This not only lowers distress but may help children to develop effective life, social and coping skills.
But, experts say, it's important to know when to stop. Over-mothering can be intrusive and embarrassing especially as children grow older.