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Everything you wanted to know about feeding tubes but were afraid to ask

Originally published on Sept. 5, 2019. I'm squeaking in at the end of feeding tube awareness week with a post for anyone who has ever wondered why children would have feeding tubes. My special area of interest is in working with children and families who are tube-dependent (in fact, I'm...

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Weaning your premature baby: When is the right time?

Originally published on Nov. 11, 2018. It can be confusing working out whether your baby is at the right age for weaning. Should you go by corrected age, or uncorrected? What if your baby has developmental delays, or additional medical needs? The short answer to 'when do I wean my baby', is...

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Weaning your premature baby: what skills does your baby need to learn?

Originally published on Nov. 4, 2018. It can be confusing working out the best way to introduce solid foods to your premature baby. There is a lot of advice available, from Professionals and friends and family ,but the truth is that the research isn’t yet definitive. This means that advice...

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Feeding your premature baby: Pacing oral feeding

Originally published on Sept. 30, 2018. One of the skills that babies need to develop is their suck-swallow-breathe co-ordination. This skill is something that develops with maturity, and not practise, which is one reason why we have to chosoe our starting point for oral feeding very...

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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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