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Keywords:

  • Breastfeeding;
  • 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.