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Your Baby’s Feeding Pattern?

Babies can show different types of Feeding patterns.  Yale University a while back put together 5 different fun ways of describing Feeding patterns of newborns.
Which pattern do you think your baby has?


They get right to the task. They latch onto the breast firmly and suck vigorously for about ten to twenty minutes. Over time, their enthusiasm tends to wane.

Excited Ineffectives

They get frantic when they see the breast. In a chaotic cycle, they latch on, lose grip, and cry out in frustration. These babies need to be soothed multiple times during feeding. To ensure they get enough nourishment, it’s best to feed them as soon as they wake up, before they become overly hungry. If milk tends to spray from the breast, expressing a few drops manually beforehand can help reduce the flow.

Gourmets or Mouthers

They like to play with the nipple, taste the milk, and smack their lips before they start nursing. Rushing or pushing them can lead to frustration and cries. The best approach is patience. After a few minutes of playing, they usually begin nursing effectively. Ensure their lips and gums are properly positioned on the areola, not just the nipple.


They show little interest in nursing until the milk supply has increased, a process known as “coming in.” These babies shouldn’t be given bottles of water or formula, as this can complicate breastfeeding. Keep offering the breast regularly whenever they seem alert or start making mouthing movements.

Reluctant Nursers

They may benefit from skin-to-skin contact by being placed naked on the mother’s bare chest and abdomen. They might instinctively move toward the breast or can be gently guided to it after some time. For babies who resist nursing initially, using an electric pump between feedings can help stimulate milk production. It’s important to persevere and seek assistance from a pediatrician or lactation specialist if needed.


They prefer to nurse for a few minutes, take a break, and then resume feeding. Some may fall asleep at the breast, nap for about half an hour, and then wake up ready for more. This can be perplexing, but these babies cannot be rushed. It’s best to allocate extra time for feedings and stay as flexible as possible.

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