Long-term effect on mother-infant behaviour of extra contact during the first hour post partum. II. A follow-up at three months

Acta Paediatr Scand. 1977 Mar;66(2):145-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1977.tb07826.x.


Primiparous mothers and their infants who had an extra 15-20 minutes' suckling and skin to skin contact during the first hour after delivery, behaved differently at 36 hours post partum compared with a control group without this extra contact. The present study is a 3-month follow-up of these mothers and infants by means of direct observation of mother-infant free play and a personal interview with the mothers. Mothers in the extra contact group spent more time kissing and looking en face at their infants; these infants smiled more often and cried less frequently. A greater proportion of the mothers with extra contact were still breast feeding at 3 months. The influence of extra contact on behaviour was more pronounced in boy-mother than in girl-mother pairs.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Behavior*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn*
  • Male
  • Maternal Behavior*
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Parity
  • Play and Playthings
  • Self Concept
  • Sucking Behavior
  • Time Factors