The biological significance of skin-to-skin contact and maternal odours
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 93, Issue 12, pages 1560–1562, December 2004
How to Cite
Porter, R. (2004), The biological significance of skin-to-skin contact and maternal odours. Acta Paediatrica, 93: 1560–1562. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2004.tb00843.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Received Aug. 4, 2004; accepted Aug. 4, 2004
- mother—infant interactions;
- odour recognition;
- skin-to-skin contact
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.