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If you are a new nursing mother or just not sure if you are being used as a pacifier and want to know if the baby is really eating or not, listen for swallowing. The baby will not gulp but with each swallow, let out a soft sound similar to what you hear if you gently clear your ears. It might even sound as if the baby is whispering 'kuh.' You'll need to have quiet time and wait a few seconds to hear it as the baby doesn't swallow every time it sucks.