Breastfeeding A to Z

Two Months Old

Remember the following is true for most babies that are 2 months old.  If your baby was born prematurely or has been ill, these guidelines might not be true for them yet.  Babies grow and develop at different rates.

Mouth 

  • Crying–you can tell the difference between when the crying is because of hunger, pain, being tired, etc. (1)
  • Language–baby babbles and coos (1)
  • Your baby smiles in response to social interaction (1)
  • Extrusion reflex (pushing tongue forward when touched) disappears (1)
  • Your baby is only able to suck to obtain food (2)

Ear

  • Activity ceases if they hear something (1)

Stomach

  • Digestive enzymes are present for milk, very little intestinal amylase is present meaning they can’t digest starch yet. (2)

Hand

  • They will briefly hold something in their hand (1)

Body

  • In a sitting position their head sags (1)
  • If pulled to a sitting position head lags behind their body (3)
  • Your baby can raise their head when lying on their stomach (3)

 

References:

  1. Walker, M, Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, Sudbury, MA, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2002, pp 445-46
  2. Satter, E, Dykstal, V, Feeding your infant and toddler, Madison, WI, Jackson Clinic, 1978.
  3. Behrman, R, Liegman, R, Jenson, H, Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th edition, Philadelphia, PA, Saunders, 2004, p 34.