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Although even the nipple is often something that has to be learned. There are a lot of lactation specialists that help new mothers and babies latch and feed. And a surprising number of babies that have trouble finding the nipple.

This is especially common with slightly premature babies. My son was born a day shy of 36 weeks (normal is 40 weeks; 38 is considered "full term") and needed a lot of training.

He knew how to suck and he knew how to swallow, but couldn't put them together.


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