Monday, February 6, 2012

Love & Warmth

Oxytocin, in concert with other peptides, also expands blood flow to the breast. The engorgement turns the breast warm, warmer than it's ever been. Heat radiates from the nursing woman as though she were feverish, as though she were a flagstone in the sun. She feeds the baby fluids and bathes the baby in warmth.

"There's a whole transfer of warmth, and that's very important, isn't it?" Uvnas-Moberg says. "Isn't that the substrate for love? To transmit warmth? When we talk about a loving person, we call her a warm person. A person who refuses to love is called a cold person. In this case, psychology has borrowed from very deep aspects of physiology."

-Natalie Angier, Woman pg 313 (with quote by Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, of the Karolinska Insitute in Sweden)

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