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Behavioral and physiological consequences of suckling in rat and human newborns.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7981477     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Suckling, in addition to yielding milk, water and calories, exerts profound behavioral effects on newborn rats and humans. In particular, suckling induces feelings of calm, reduces heart rate and metabolic rate, causes infants to bring their hands to their mouths and elevates the pain threshold. These changes are mediated by opioid and non-opioid systems, each having its own separate behavioral and neurological characteristics. The implications of suckling-induced changes for long-term motivational and cognitive change are discussed.
E M Blass
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992). Supplement     Volume:  397     ISSN:  0803-5326     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Suppl     Publication Date:  1994 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-01-05     Completed Date:  1995-01-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315043     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Suppl     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Animals, Newborn
Energy Metabolism
Infant Behavior*
Infant Food*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Infant, Newborn
Milk, Human
Narcotics / metabolism
Pain / physiopathology,  therapy
Stress, Psychological / physiopathology,  therapy
Sucking Behavior / physiology*
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