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A 53-year-old member asked:

Why does is my baby making clicking sounds while nursing?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Really don't know...: Truthfully, they do lots of weird stuff. Some flop around, some wave in the air. Mine used to make sounds like she needed to "be oiled". Clicking could be the tongue undergoing the natural up and down motion needed to nurse, or just air pockets forming under the tongue. It doesn't matter, it's a normal noise, and as long as feeding is going well, is ok.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
May be a latch issue: If feeding is working for the two of you it may just be a noisy baby. Clicking, is sometimes heard when a latch is not quite complete. A lactation consultant can observe your technique and offer suggestions for modifications if needed.
Last updated Sep 27, 2011


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