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mother and those assisting her involve close observation of and contact with him,
including a great deal of touching. In some cultures the baby is immediately
massaged and his head or limbs are 'shaped' by patting, kneading or pressing,
It may be useful at this stage to look in more detail at what happens between a
mother and baby in the time immediately after birth in a peasant society, and to
see how this has the effect of helping the woman get to know her baby and feel ...
seen him at all, and the mother said : 'The baby appeared to react violently
against me when he met me eventually (the only one who'd never held a baby
before) and against breast-feeding attempts. The staff were annoyed by my
messing up ...
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