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Newborn right-holding is related to depressive symptoms in bottle-feeding mothers but not in breastfeeding mothers.
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PMID:  18279969     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examines the relationships between infant holding preferences and maternal depression according to the newborn feeding mode. Links between depression and infant holding biases have been observed in mothers [Vauclair, J., Scola, C. (in press). Dépression, alexithymie et latéralisation dans la façon de porter un nouveau-né [Infant holding biases in relation to depression, alexithymia and laterality]. Annales Médico-psychologiques; Weatherill, R. P., Almerigi, J. B., Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G. A., von Eye, A., & Harris, L. J. (2004). Is maternal depression related to side of infant holding? International Journal of Behavioral Development, 28, 421-427] but the fact that breastfeeding has never been studied in relation to these two factors is surprising as breastfeeding has some influence on depression (e.g., [Mezzacappa, E. S., Guethlein, W., Vaz, N., & Bagiella, E. (2000). A preliminary study of breast-feeding and maternal symptomatology. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 22, 71-79]) and must also affect holding biases. Mothers who just gave birth (N=100) were tested few days after delivery. Measures of handedness, infant holding-side preferences, and level of depressive symptoms expressed by mothers (assessed with the CES-D scale) were collected via questionnaires. Asymmetries in emotional perception were assessed via a Chimeric Figure Task and a Dichotic Listening Task. Results showed that breastfeeding (1) reduced left-side bias for holding newborns and (2) was associated with lowest levels of depressive symptoms. Moreover, holding biases were related to maternal depression in bottle-feeding but not in breastfeeding mothers, namely that holding on the right-side while bottle-feeding was associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms. These results were not due to hemispheric specialization as auditory and visual asymmetries were similar between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding mothers. The discussion emphasizes the striking role of the early mother/child relationship's establishment on infant holding biases.
Julien Donnot; Jacques Vauclair; Vincent Bréjard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2008-02-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-01     Completed Date:  2009-01-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  352-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Research in Psychology of Cognition, Language and Emotion (Centre PsyCLE), University of Provence, 29 Avenue R. Schuman, 13621 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1, France.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding / methods,  psychology*
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Depression, Postpartum / physiopathology,  psychology*
Functional Laterality* / physiology
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Behavior / physiology,  psychology*
Mother-Child Relations*

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