Feeding your premature baby-Getting started with oral feeding- Positioning for feeding

Originally published on Sept. 23, 2018. There are a few ways that we can influence how successful our baby is likely to be when orally feeding. It is important to note that we cannot make a baby feed successfully. Only your baby can tell us when the right time for them will be. What we can...

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Feeding your premature baby: Breastmilk as medicine

Originally published on Sept. 9, 2018. I am deviating slightly from my planned post as I was on a course this week to brush up my knowledge and skills around breastfeeding. I am pleased to say that more and more of the premature babies are coming to me and still breastfeeding, or trying to. ...

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Feeding your premature baby: Getting Started with Oral Feeding- Stress Cues

Originally published on Sept. 2, 2018. When a baby is learning how to feed, it is important not only that we respect their feeding cues, but also that we understand when they are telling us that they need a break. Feeding is a complex set of skills that require a high level of coordination. ...

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Feeding your premature baby: Ready to get going, now what? Feeding cues

Originally published on Aug. 26, 2018. In previous posts we've talked about ways that we can understand whether your premature baby is ready for oral feeding, and how to support them if they are not. Now we're going to focus on the next stage, when we start to offer your baby oral feeding...

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Feeding your premature baby: Pre-feeding skills - Skin-to-skin contact

Originally published on Aug. 19, 2018. In previous posts, we've been talking about understanding when premature babies are ready to start oral feeding. When they're not ready yet, there are still things you can do to support their feeding development. Many of these interventions are designed...

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Feeding your premature baby: Pre-feeding skills - Non-Nutritive sucking

Originally published on Aug. 12, 2018. If your baby is not yet ready to start oral feeds, it can be a frustrating time. Learning to feed orally is a barrier to being discharged in some units, though not all. This post looks at one of the things you can do with your baby to support their path...

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Feeding your premature baby: Time is a relative concept

Originally published on Aug. 5, 2018. Time is a funny thing. I work in the community, mostly, and often work with children and families over months and years. When I first started working in an acute hospital setting, one of the things that struck me was that time is experienced very...

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Feeding your premature baby: When waiting is the intervention

Originally published on July 29, 2018. One of the things that I have learned working in children's feeding is that the interventions we offer often seem very simple. The hard bit is usually persuading everyone to keep doing them, and stopping everyone rushing around trying to add more...

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"Have you tried....?" and other frustrations when your child has feeding difficulties

Originally published on July 22, 2018. I have been thinking about this lately, as it is something I have been talking a lot about with a family I am working with. This post is by way of solidarity from your Speech and Language Therapist. I can't tell you how much time I spend talking to...

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Feeding your premature baby: Feeding is a complex skill

Originally published on July 16, 2018. Feeding is a very complex skill that is made up of several components: Suck Swallow Breathe Healthy term babies do a pretty good job of co-ordinating these skills, but it can take a while for them to hit their stride. So it is not wonder that...

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