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Sucking and Swallowing

When breastfeeding, babies take shallow, quick sucks at the beginning. When the mother's milk lets down (starts to flow more quickly), the sucks will become strong, and slower with a slight pause when baby's mouth opens wide (a suck, suck, suck, pause pattern). When baby pauses, he/she is swallowing and this may sound like a quiet "kaakaakaa." Another indication is that while baby is sucking, his/her ears and temple may move.

To learn more about feeding baby, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888 and speak with a Family Health Nurse.