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(p. 95) Further Thoughts on Babies as Persons 

(p. 95) Further Thoughts on Babies as Persons
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(p. 95) Further Thoughts on Babies as Persons
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0012
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date: 16 July 2018

In this essay, Winnicott emphasises that no one is able to get to know a baby as well as the baby’s own mother and that it shows incredible lack of understanding of the mother’s role to take away her baby for a few weeks, then to hand the baby back and expect the mother to continue just where she left off. For a baby, there must be full access to the mother’s alive body because the care a baby can appreciate fulfils psychological and emotional needs, however much it may seem to be related simply to physical needs. The mother presents the world to the baby through feeding and care but also introduces external reality through disillusioning her baby.

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