Breastfeeding A to Z

Four Months Old

Mouth–puts everything in mouth, crying is reduced (1)  Beginning swallowing pattern where your baby can transfer food from tongue to back of mouth (2)

Eating–has some ability to wait for food (1)

Hands–begin to go to mouth (2) reaches for objects (3)

Overall-plays contentedly alone (1)


  1. Walker, M, Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, Sudbury, MA, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2002, p 446
  2. Satter, E, Dykstal, V, Feeding your infant and toddler, Madison, WI, Jackson Clinic, 1978.
  3. Wilson, WH, Lowdermilk, P, Maternal Child Nursing Care, 3rd edition, St Louis, MO, Mosby, 2006 p 1040.