chapter  12
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Attachment resources in CRM

Mammalian young need to attach to survive. This imperative is therefore hardwired into infant brains, just as the neurobiology of their mothers disposes them to care for and nurture their young. The infant needs food and the mother has the supply of nutrition that will ensure survival; in optimal circumstances the provision perfectly complements the need. Neural systems and the hormonal infl uences on them are structured to ensure maximal opportunity for living and growing, surviving to independence and the procreation of another generation. The infant seeks the nipple and is provided with the nourishment that starts the journey of development towards the realisation of the infant’s potential. The immature organism needs food and care, safety and protection, to permit the massive maturational growth of its nervous and other systems.