The feeding of an infant has implications that extend far beyond the mere provision of adequate amounts of fluid and nutrients. For the baby, feeding should be a time of unmitigated pleasure. For the mother this important part of her role should be satisfying and reinforce the strong emotional ties with her infant that are so important to the future of the entire family unit. All too frequently the experience with infant feeding in hospital and in the following weeks and months at home is unsatisfactory. Sometimes the mother is apprehensive, indecisive or is frankly rejecting her baby. The behaviour of the infant may likewise interfere with the establishment of a normal feeding pattern and, incidentally, reinforce the mother’s feelings of frustration and inadequacy.
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