Stimulating your baby's senses in the womb

Smell

Smell is closely linked to taste. Your baby will have his first experience of smell in the 7th month of pregnancy – also transmitted by the amniotic fluid: they are able to "smell" what you eat, as well as your own scent – and this will provide them with tremendous reassurance after birth. The day you give birth, it is your scent that enables your child to recognize you, and he will instinctively seek out your breast: in fact, as soon as your child is born, your breasts will secrete the same scent as your amniotic fluid. You should therefore avoid washing your breasts or putting any creams on them just before breastfeeding – doing this would deprive your baby of this wonderful olfactory marker.

 

 

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