Rooting reflex in a breastfeeding baby

Rooting reflex in a breastfeeding baby

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Rooting reflex in a breastfeeding baby. Image 1 of 2. The rooting reflex is an action in which any touch on the side of a baby's face compels it to move its mouth towards the touch. This allows the baby to locate a nipple for feeding purposes, although the touching object does not have to be a nipple to activate the reflex. See image M831/271 for this baby having moved its head so as to engage the nipple.

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Keywords: baby, breast, breastfeeding, caucasian, cheek, child care, child nutrition, feeding, female, human, infant, milk, mother, mothering, nipple, parent, parental, rooting reflex, sequence, series, touching, white

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