The newborn rat ingests fluids through a surrogate nipple: a new technique for the study of early suckling behavior

Physiol Behav. 1997 Nov;62(5):1155-8. doi: 10.1016/s0031-9384(97)00310-7.


In this report we describe an apparatus and procedure that permits a newborn rat pup to ingest test fluids including milk through a surrogate nipple. The surrogate nipple represents a new testing situation for the experimental study of sensory and neurochemical controls of suckling behavior immediately after birth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn / physiology*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Nipples
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychophysiology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Sucking Behavior / physiology*
  • Taste / physiology