Breastfeeding & Imitation

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Whilst much research has focused on how infants imitate not many studies have looked at why, although some studies suggest that imitation function as a form of communication.

Given that oral gestures (mouth opening & tongue poking) are the most likely to be imitated by newborns, the question arises as to what is special about oral gestures and what function do they serve? I have recently run a study to explore the idea that the imitation of oral gestures may play a specific role during the newborn period by facilitating breastfeeding.

– I hope to share my findings soon –