Tongue movement and intra-oral vacuum in breastfeeding infants.

  title={Tongue movement and intra-oral vacuum in breastfeeding infants.},
  author={Donna Geddes and Jacqueline C. Kent and Leon R. Mitoulas and P. E. Hartmann},
  journal={Early human development},
  volume={84 7},
OBJECTIVE The mechanism by which the breastfeeding infant removes milk from the breast is still controversial. It is unclear whether the infant uses predominantly intra-oral vacuum or a peristaltic action of the tongue to remove milk from the breast. The aim of this study was to use ultrasound to observe movements of the tongue during breastfeeding and relate these movements to both milk flow and simultaneous measurements of intra-oral vacuum. METHODS Submental ultrasound scans of the oral… CONTINUE READING
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