A child who gets reassurance is more self-confident, he will discover independence by himself without experiencing any fear of abandonment.
During his first months, the infant needs to be in close contact with his parents. Soon enough, he will find comfort and open to the world in his own way.
Listen to him, and listen to yourself.
An infant doesn't get cravings or urges, he has needs, and the idea of manipulative tantrums is neither here nor there.
People are surprisingly fast to forget that an infant doesn't have the same social behavior as a 4 year-old, or that his nerve endings and brain development aren't sophisticated enough to «manipulate» people or engage in power struggles.
The attachment bond is an essential condition to the development of the baby and the human being.
«Only when your thirst is quenched can you walk away from the spring»