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Milk flow and sucking rates during breast-feeding.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7141119     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined sucking patterns during breast-feeding in order to investigate the supposed 'nutritive' and 'non-nutritive' sucking dichotomy. The intervals between sucks were determined: they indicated that there is no bimodal distribution corresponding to 'nutritive' and 'non-nutritive' rates of sucking, but rather a complete gradation between the two. In a further experiment in which milk flow was assessed by test-weighing the baby at three-minute intervals during feeding, there was a linear relationship between milk flow and sucking rate: the higher the milk flow, the lower the sucking rate. These results were further substantiated by testing the sucking rate on an empty and full breast, and the sucking pattern of an infant with a non-lactating mother. The study shows that there is no dichotomy between two sucking rates, but rather a continuous variation in response to milk-flow rate.
A Bowen-Jones; C Thompson; R F Drewett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental medicine and child neurology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0012-1622     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Publication Date:  1982 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-01-19     Completed Date:  1983-01-19     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006761     Medline TA:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  626-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding*
Infant, Newborn
Sucking Behavior / physiology

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