NONNUTRITIVE SUCKING

the sucking by newborns and young babies of items which do not render milk, in order, for instance, to elicit calm or aid sleep. The sucking reflex hence plays a role in the growth of emotional control and individual-regulation. Nonnutritive sucking has been utilized in research analyses as a way of deducing infant inclinations, by viewing variations in sucking rate as infants are presented with varied stimulants.

NONNUTRITIVE SUCKING: "Babies will often engage in nonnurtitive sucking while still inutero."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "NONNUTRITIVE SUCKING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/nonnutritive-sucking/ (accessed December 3, 2019).
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