Recent behavioral and physiologic observations of infants and mothers have shown them ready to begin interacting in the first minutes of life. Included among these findings are the newborn infant's ability to crawl toward the breast to initiate suckling and mother–infant thermoregulation. The attachment felt between mother and infant may be biochemically modulated through oxytocin; encouraging attachment through early contact, suckling, and rooming-in has been shown to reduce abandonment.
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Supplement| November 01 1998
Mother and Infant: Early Emotional Ties
Address correspondence to John G. Warhol, PhD, The Warhol Institute, 225 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716.
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Marshall Klaus; Mother and Infant: Early Emotional Ties. Pediatrics November 1998; 102 (Supplement_E1): 1244–1246. 10.1542/peds.102.SE1.1244
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