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right after birth is for them, because they need it or are hungry? Or do you think its mostly there for the mother to help expell the placenta?
 

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Babies just like to suck, IMO. Nitara was sucking her lip or tongue on her 20 and 32 week u/s.
When she was in the hospital for her feeding issues I was told by a couple of feeding specialists that before 3 mos. sucking is involuntary. After 3 mos. old babies can choose to suck or not, and that's why Nitara stopped eating at the 3 mo. mark and not before. She was always a poor eater but at around 3 mos. was when she was outright refusing to eat.

Both of my placentas came out within minutes of the births by themselves, no sucking required.

I would love to see other answers. Interesting question!
 

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I think it's a little of both... I think that within nature there are MANY checks and balances... systems set up to make things work right...

I think thing is that babies suck reflex is so that they *do* suck so they can eat, that's a reflux until they learn the idea behind it, but then I also think that if the placenta doesn't detach on it's own the suck reflex helps that along too kwim... I doubt babies are born hungry, since most women don't have much in the way colostrum.
 
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