Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Confusing signals

Most people don't understand that a baby sucks for pleasure, not simply as a sign of hunger. The high concentration of pleasure sensors on the lips assures that baby will latch and learn to feed, after a pregnancy where they did not.
Do not feel obligated to offer supplements or feed again just because they are sucking.If they are gaining well, they are getting enough.

In brief: Confusing signals

Most people don't understand that a baby sucks for pleasure, not simply as a sign of hunger. The high concentration of pleasure sensors on the lips assures that baby will latch and learn to feed, after a pregnancy where they did not.
Do not feel obligated to offer supplements or feed again just because they are sucking.If they are gaining well, they are getting enough.
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