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Baby's sense of smell

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IsYourNameMichaelDiamond Mon 16-Nov-15 08:24:02

Does anyone know if babies can 'smell' the milk from their Mums or is this just a myth?

tiktok Mon 16-Nov-15 19:40:41

Babies have a sense of smell and experiments have been done on babies and breastmilk pads showing this. However I think the idea that babies don't want to be apart from their mothers' arms because they can 'smell the milk' is not really the whole story. Babies are aware of their mothers by touch hearing and sight. They love their mothers. I don't know of anything to show that smell is more powerful than any other way of recognition except maybe at the very newborn stage, when it is part of the baby's way of orienteering towards the breast.

IsYourNameMichaelDiamond Mon 16-Nov-15 19:43:05

Thank you! xx

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