with regard to psychoanalytic theory, the most formative part of the oral phase of psychosexual growth, wherein the infant is encouraged to feel that they are taking in the mother's being in addition to the milk ingested. This stage is considered to lay the ground work for emotions of closeness and reliance, in addition to possessiveness, greed, and voraciousness.

ORAL-SUCKING PHASE: "The oral-sucking phase is another part of normal infant progression."
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