Linda Killion Healow, BSN, IBCLC and Rebecca Sliter Hugh, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Abstracts, August 2000, Volume 20, Number 1, pp. 3-4.
Infants are incredibly oral creatures. Not only is the mouth the preferred route of caloric nourishment, but it is also the way newborns most acutely sense and come to know their new environment.
The oral experience is also an integral part of how the newborn learns to recognize his or her mother. As Ruth Lawrence observes, “Comfort sucking and formation of nipple preference are genetically determined behaviors for imprinting to the mother’s nipple. The recognition of the mother is at first through the distinctive features of the nipple.
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