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What is rooting (the rooting reflex)?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Assists with feeding

The rooting reflex is a primitive reflex that is present at birth that helps your baby breastfeed.
When your baby's cheek is stroked s/he will turn towards that side and open their mouth, searching for the object. This helps with breastfeeding. This reflex generally goes away around 4 months of age.

In brief: Assists with feeding

The rooting reflex is a primitive reflex that is present at birth that helps your baby breastfeed.
When your baby's cheek is stroked s/he will turn towards that side and open their mouth, searching for the object. This helps with breastfeeding. This reflex generally goes away around 4 months of age.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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2 doctors agree

In brief: You stroke the cheek

You stroke the baby's cheek, the baby turns toward that side and tries to catch your finger with her lips.
It's the cutest thing to watch, and it's more pronounced in a hungry baby. The reflex helps them find the nipple to feed on.

In brief: You stroke the cheek

You stroke the baby's cheek, the baby turns toward that side and tries to catch your finger with her lips.
It's the cutest thing to watch, and it's more pronounced in a hungry baby. The reflex helps them find the nipple to feed on.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rooting reflex

The rooting reflex helps to ensure successful breastfeeding.

In brief: Rooting reflex

The rooting reflex helps to ensure successful breastfeeding.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Head turn

Rooting is when babies turn their head and move their mouths to find a source of food.

In brief: Head turn

Rooting is when babies turn their head and move their mouths to find a source of food.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Breast feeding

Typically it is the newborns natural search for the nipple in order to nurse.

In brief: Breast feeding

Typically it is the newborns natural search for the nipple in order to nurse.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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