Successful breastfeeding is an interplay between mother and baby. In order to understand and manage infant sucking issues, it is firstly important to establish an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of lactation and milk removal. Medela, along with leading experts from The University of Western Australia, examined the anatomy of the lactating breast (Ramsay et al. 2005). This groundbreaking research challenged previous understandings and led to many text books being rewritten. This new knowledge was then applied to how the infant removes milk from the breast.
- Vacuum plays a key role in milk removal
- The tongue does not move in a marked peristaltic motion
- There is no marked indentation of the nipple
- The tip of the nipple does not reach the junction of the hard and soft palate
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