Sucking is a natural instinct for babies.
As infants, the first contact a baby usually has with sucking is at their mother’s breast to drink breast milk. Milk contains a protein that is converted into serotonin in the brain and creates a sleepy, tired, relaxed feeling.
And children who become attached to sucking as they get older still get a physiological payoff every time they do it.
Prolonged and vigorous sucking results in decreased neurotransmissions in the brain and the chemicals serotonin and dopamine are released – the body’s very own natural opiate…..#chillout
There are very few ways to mimic this amazing sensation. Many parents say that when they get upset or try to discipline their child over their sucking, ironically, the sucking worsens.
By the time parents have reached me, they usually have tried every trick in the book to stop the sucking.
Don’t blame the parents. Trust me, they are doing the very best they can……..