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What is It? Your baby is born with the instinctive ability to root around for milk. She responds to being touched by turning toward the source of the touch. For example, when she’s placed on your chest, expect your baby to move her head and sometimes open and close her mouth, demonstrating this reflex. If you place a finger on her cheek, she will turn toward your finger and open her mouth. Rooting is helpful becuase it is an early sign of hunger, so if you see your baby rooting, try to feed her as soon as possible. Having skin to skin contact is a great way to stimulate your baby’s rooting and sucking reflexes.
How Long Does it Last? After about three weeks your baby will stop turning her head from side to side whenever she feels a touch. She will simply turn her head into the right position to suck.