VIDEO: Watch The Mesmerising Tongue of a Breastfed Baby

This is a short clip of a breastfed baby’s tongue movement. This is what it looks like when your baby breastfeeds! Isn’t it fabulous? The tongue undulates from the front towards the back of the tongue, gently massaging the milk out of the milk ducts around the areola.


The reason why many mothers don’t feel this movement when breastfeeding is because the nipple and much of the breast is drawn into the mouth, towards the back of the baby’s throat, away from the hard palate. The end of the nipple itself (the most sensitive part) doesn’t touch the soft palate or the tongue as milk is drawn out.

If you’re getting any pain or discomfort when breastfeeding, please see some face to face support at a breastfeeding support group. They can help you with positioning and attachment to make breastfeeding as comfortable as possible.

Edited to add: The 14 month old baby in the video has a 75% anterior tongue tie but good tongue mobility.





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  1. Grace December 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    that baby looks like it has thrush! But cool video!

    • canibreastfeedinit December 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      No, not thrush. It’s likely to be milk tongue possibly down to his tie. Had a ‘milky tongue’ since birth! 🙂

      • Sarah December 9, 2015 at 4:33 am

        My son was the same way. 🙂

  2. goingpostnatal December 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Cool! Anyone know how the video was made?

    • canibreastfeedinit December 8, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      It’s my son. He fell asleep in my arms after a feed and happened to have his mouth open! Luckily my phone was to hand so caught the footage! Luckily the bright light from my phone’s flash light didn’t rouse him!

      • goingpostnatal December 8, 2015 at 9:19 pm

        That’s absolutely amazing. I’ve seen my two sucking their tongues while sleeping but never doing this – very cool video. Thanks for sharing it.

      • cheli December 10, 2015 at 7:21 am

        oh wow!!! i wondered the same thing. amazing!!! thank you so much for sharing!

      • Deb December 10, 2015 at 11:12 am

        Thank you for sharing ?

  3. Angel Earl December 8, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I love this!!! Very educational. As a mother of 2 breastfed babies it’s very interesting to see what it looks like. And I love the little tooth at the top:)

  4. Helen December 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Amazing video cherish it!! I’ve never noticed this but def going to look closer now it’s amazing thanks for sharing x

  5. Tbird December 9, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Amazing! I breastfed four and never saw them do this with thier mouths open after nursing. Remarkable!

  6. Maria December 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Awww that is so cute, I love watching my little one when I breastfeed. So precious!! 🙂

  7. Angela December 9, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    That’s pretty neat! I have bf all three of my kids, still am my youngest.

  8. Sandra December 10, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Great! thank you for sharing! gracias!

  9. Mallory December 10, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Towards the end of the video you see the tongue flutter, which I’m guessing would be to get the breast to letdown. This is really cool!

    • Tracey December 10, 2015 at 10:40 am

      The tongue flutters to draw the full fat milk at the end of the feed

  10. Beka December 10, 2015 at 2:05 am

    That was so neat, thank you for sharing!! I’m currently breastfeeding my 12 month old and I’ve seen him moving his mouth sometimes but never his tongue. Breastfeeding is amazing and I love learning cool things like this! Congratulations on still breastfeeding btw, good job!!

  11. Julia Southorn December 10, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Cool! My nine-year-old ex-breastfed son still sucks his tongue in his sleep sometimes! But I’d never seen it from this angle.

  12. Amy December 28, 2015 at 5:49 am

    I have been wondering about links between successful breastfeeding and the ability to roll your tongue (there seems to be no evolutionary reason for it). Your video has reinforced this- my eldest probably had prosperia tongue tie and is now unable to roll his tongue.

  13. Brittany January 4, 2016 at 12:06 am

    No, rolling your tongue is purely genetic luck. I was breastfed and can’t roll my tongue. A simple google search will explain the genetics.

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