alexa The biological significance of skin-to-skin contact and maternal odours.


Journal of Nursing & Care

Author(s): Porter RH

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Abstract Infant-mother bodily contact is believed to be the species-typical pattern of immediate postpartum child care. Mothers and newborns engage in mutually beneficial interactions. Maternal odours stimulate breastfeeding activity and are implicated in individual recognition. CONCLUSION: Skin-to-skin contact and exposure to maternal odours facilitate infants' adaptation to the early postnatal environment.
This article was published in Acta Paediatr and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care

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