Updated: Mar 8
Feeding specialists are able to quickly determine if an infant is experiencing difficulty with feeding. They are able to provide quick recommendations to support improved feeding experience for better progress.
It is common for infants who are born prematurely or with a complex medical condition to have feeding difficulty upon discharge from hospital. Infants with prolonged NICU or hospital stays are at higher risk for feeding difficulty. Continued feeding difficulty without proper intervention can lead to feeding aversion and challenges later on, as well as, put your infant at risk for difficulty to gain weight, respiratory illness, and an endless cycle of difficult feeds.
EARLY SIGNS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO SEEK EXTRA HELP
-feed is lasting over 30 minutes
-infant is fussy during feed
-infant makes faces at you (with eyebrows) during feed
-infant averts eye gaze during feed
-increased work of breathing
-playing with nipple or pushing it out
-milk spilling out during feed
-not rooting to nipple, not accepting nipple
An infant should be calm and happy while eating. Happy feeds = increased progress in the future.
EARLY INTERVENTION AND CONSULTATION IS BEST
A feeding specialist, specifically an SLP, can monitor the infants subtle attempts at communication of a stressful or difficult feed. This can increase safety of swallow and keep your infant healthy.
-determine if flow rate needs to be adjusted
-suggest pacing to improve
-teach caregivers to identify and respond to cues for 'infant driven feeding'
-monitor progress to support adequate hydration and nutrition.
Our staff has extensive experience in infant feeding, both NICU based and outpatient. Don't hesitate to reach out if you feel your child is displaying any of the aforementioned signs of feeding difficulty. We can provide you with a free consultation and recommend the best steps for follow up.
Contact information on website, www.simplespeech.net