Women: Have you ever snuggled a baby in your arms and had an overwhelming urge to actually eat it? As soon as you catch a whiff of that sweet newborn skin you feel compelled to put your mouth on it? A team of researchers have found that this feeling is entirely normal. Itâ€™s part of the maternal instinctâ€”and explains why we often find ourselves describing babies as â€śdeliciousâ€ť and â€śyummyâ€ť and saying things like, â€śYouâ€™re so cute! I could gobble you up!â€ť
Scientists at the University of Montreal found that a newbornâ€™s scent triggers the reward circuit in womenâ€™s brains, causing the release of dopamine and activating the same part of the brain that craves certain foods. The researchers found that women had the same feeling even when they were holding a baby who wasnâ€™t their own.
You know some enterprising niche house will introduce a perfume with baby scent in it :) Ha, just kidding, just thought you would all find this interesting. Very small study, but interesting and scent-related