suckling reflex

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Noun1.suckling reflex - reflex behavior in newborn mammals; includes finding and grasping the nipple in the mouth and sucking on it and swallowing the milk
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Mr Patrick Namatsi, a community heath volunteer, said the babies had challenges suckling from their mother because they had been born without the suckling reflex. "The mother had to massage her breasts for the milk and then give it to the babies using a special spoon recommended by the doctors while they were in the nursery," said Mr Namatsi.
The fetus was dead as there was no suckling reflex so fetotomy was performed instead of cesarean section.
The child's suckling reflex is triggered on breastfeeding when a nipple with its surrounding areola is placed into the baby's mouth, or correspondingly--a pacifier if the baby is bottle-fed.