Maternal stimulation during infant feeding

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Compared maternal stimulation during infant feeding for groups of 4-mo-old bottle-fed and breast-fed, normal and high-risk infants. Mothers tended to reserve their stimulation for the infants' nipple-out pauses from sucking, a suggested measure of the mother's "sensitive timing." The high-risk male infants received more stimulation during sucking periods but were also observably more disorganized in their feeding than other groups, suggesting that the mother's sensitivity cannot be assessed independently of the infant's responsivity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-540
Number of pages2
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1977


  • maternal stimulation during feeding, 4 mo old bottle- & breast-fed normal vs high risk infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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