Ancient art depicts babies suckling at their mothers' breasts, held close against their skin, forming an intimate nurturing connection that communicates the promise of protection and immediate gratification of basic survival needs. These images of such earliest forms of communication depict our first language, the language of touch, as the essence of life.
For more than a million years mothers have held their infants close, responding to their basic needs with natural attunement and life affirming touch.
Developmental psychologist, Sharon Heller, writes that what distinguishes a securely attached baby from an insecurely attached baby is "the degree to which each could feel ownership of their mothers' bodies and therefore assurance of protection".
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