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Newborns nurse long-term memories of smells

Odors babies encounter while breast-feeding remain favorites as toddlers

3:37pm, January 14, 2010

Within a week after birth, babies inhale new memories at their mothers’ breasts. Newborns who whiff a specific odor while breast-feeding, even if they smell it for only eight days, prefer that same odor over others a year or more later, reports a team led by physiologist Benoist Schaal of the European Center of Taste Sciences in Dijon, France.

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