The Newborn and His Mother
THIS subject is so complex that I hesitate to add a new dimension. Nevertheless, it seems to me that if psychology has validity in the study of the newborn, it is only practice that it complicates.1 In the theoretical realm, any contribution must be either wrong (in which case it leaves the problem untouched), or else has an element of truth in it, in which case it simplifies in the way that truth always does simplify.
The newborn and the mother -- the Nursing Couple is rather a wide subject, and yet I would not like the task of describing what is known about the newborn solo. It is psychology that is under discussion, and I like to assume that if we see a baby, we also see environmental provision, and behind this, we see the mother.
If I say "the mother" more often than "the father," I hope fathers will understand.____________________