Babies and Their Mothers

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CHAPTER TWO
Knowing and Learning

THERE is much for a young mother to learn. She gets told useful things by experts, about the introduction of solids into the diet, about vitamins, and about the use of the weight chart: and then sometimes she gets told about quite a different kind of thing, for instance, about her reaction to her infant's refusal of food.

It seems to me to be important for you1 to be quite clear about the difference between these two types of knowledge. What you do and know, simply by virtue of the fact that you are the mother of an infant, is as far apart from what you know by learning as is the east from the west coast of England. I cannot put this too strongly. Just as the professor who found out about the vitamins that prevent rickets really has something to teach you, so you really have something to teach him about the other kind of knowledge, that which comes to you naturally.

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Winnicott was addressing mothers here. See p. 105. Eds.

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