Study shows new mums are 'hooked' on the smell of babies like drug addicts

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If you've ever wondered why new mums can't stop smelling their newborn babies, it's probably because it's making them high. No, seriously.

According to a new study, a newborn's scent creates a kind of chemical communication channel between mum and baby, which stimulates the same reward circuits as eating amazing food, sex and drug addiction.

Dr Johannes Frasnelli at Montreal University, said, "The odour activates the neurological reward circuits. The circuit may especially be activated when you eat while very hungry, but also in an addict receiving his drug. It is the sating of desire."

The boffins at the university scanned the brains of 30 women while they were sniffing baby scented pyjamas. 15 of the women who had had a baby within six weeks of the test experienced a rise in the level of pleasure-inducing dopamine in their brains - even though the scent they were whiffing didn't come from their own baby!

The doctors believe hormones cause changes in the pleasure circuit resulting in the feeling of being 'hooked'.

We think it's safe to say the same doesn't apply to a dirty nappy smell...

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