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How does a baby know his mother's scent?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
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In brief: Nature

That is a typical mammalian interaction.
And not completely understood at any level of the animal kingdom.

In brief: Nature

That is a typical mammalian interaction.
And not completely understood at any level of the animal kingdom.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics

In brief: They just do

Smell is one of the most comforting and identifiable senses to a newborn.
From mom's perfume, to her sweat, to her soap, to her breast milk, everything adds together to make a general scent the baby can recognize. Since sight is still pretty poor, and touch is suspect without the addition of movement, smell is going to start forming brain connections quickly, forming memory.

In brief: They just do

Smell is one of the most comforting and identifiable senses to a newborn.
From mom's perfume, to her sweat, to her soap, to her breast milk, everything adds together to make a general scent the baby can recognize. Since sight is still pretty poor, and touch is suspect without the addition of movement, smell is going to start forming brain connections quickly, forming memory.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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