I don't think spaying her will diffuse her maternal instincts. The kitten's eyes are still blue, so she's quite young. Mother cat will lie down on her tummy when she doesn't want the baby to nurse. Of course, if they weren't caged, and were loose in a home, mother cat would be teaching the baby to be a cat, through play, using the litter box, etc. As long as the kitten is being socialized, I would like to see them stay together for a while. If they were pets, I would want them to be together (with litter mates and mom) for 12 weeks. However, the public likes kittens very young--too young in my opinion, so that wouldn't be wise. I'd still wait a while..perhaps two weeks.
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A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem. ~Jean Burden