I know I may not look like I just gave birth, but it is time to feed my beautiful newborn!
It is so interesting that when my nipple touches little Jo's mouth she immediately latches on to it and begins sucking.
The Next Day...
Wake up Linda! You need to breastfeed Jo and get ready for the dinner. She will not drink my breast milk, in fact she turns away from my breast.
I am so tired though
It is time for the mother to breastfeed her baby
A Week Later... Linda is playing with Jo
I was playing with Jo and when I put her down and talked to her she turned her body towards me! It was the cutest thing
This phenomenon is called the rooting reflex. In other words, if anything touches a baby's cheek then he or she will turn toward that touch. Usually it is a nipple, so the baby will latch onto it and begin sucking.
Several Weeks Later
Little Jo used to fall asleep easily looking at her mobile (the thing above the crib) but now she just turns away from it and fusses and does not fall asleep.
It has been proven through experiments that baby's can detect the smell of their mother, and they have an affinity to the smell that their mothers carry
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I think I may need something new to get her to fall asleep, or I need some help. I love little Jo but she sure can make me tired!
This demonstrates visual preference, which is the fact that infants focus on the face first. In fact, babies turn their heads in the direction of noise and stare at pictures of faces longer.
Habituation is the decrease of responsiveness with repeated stimulation. As an infant gains familiarity with repeated exposure to visual stimuli their interest wanes and they look away sooner.