•The mother may have pressed the baby’s face, not the cheek, against her breast. This will cause the child to turn away from the mother.
•Brushing the infant’s cheek with a nipple stimulates the newborn’s rooting reflex. The baby will then turn toward the breast.
•Tonic neck reflex is elicited through turning the newborn’s head to the side. The arm on that side will extend while the opposite arm wll contract. This prepares the infant for voluntary reaching and may be a precursor to hand/eye coordination.
•Extrusion reflex is not associated with feeding. A newborn will extrude any substance that is placed on the anterior portion of the tongue. This protective reflex prevents the swallowing of inedible substances.