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DO BABIES LEARN HOW TO SUCK MILK?

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Babies are born with a sucking instinct, and they have strong sucking muscles to help them do it, so they don't have to learn how to suck.

 

But nursing includes swallowing the milk the baby sucks in, and a baby has to learn how to swallow during its first few feedings.

 


At first the baby doesn't get milk from the breast, but a liquid called "colostrum." It is watery and yellowish, and contains food plus certain substances that help protect the baby from infections. Then, about three to five days after the birth of the baby, the mother's milk appears in her breasts.

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