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(p. 25) The Ordinary Devoted Mother and Her Baby: Baby Bites 

(p. 25) The Ordinary Devoted Mother and Her Baby: Baby Bites
(p. 25) The Ordinary Devoted Mother and Her Baby: Baby Bites

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 20 January 2021

Baby Bites was the fourth lecture in the radio series ‘The Ordinary Devoted Mother and Her Baby’. In this paper Winnicott describes the early stages of breast-feeding, when the infant is ruthless and has not yet associated the ‘thing’ that is attacked at the height of excitement, (the mother) with a person. As the baby comes to associate what is being attacked with a person, gradually the baby (toddler) begins to feel concern. The problem for the baby is to keep in touch with his primitive impulses, while at the same time preserving in fantasy the people and things that he loves.

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