Having a baby that takes a long time to feed and leaves little time between feeds can leave you feeling tired and isolated.
Your baby may be a ‘windy’ feeder, tongue-tied or unable to suck efficiently. Feeding is a complex task and can be difficult and tiring due to mechanical stresses through the head, face, jaw and throat. Also, the nerves to the tongue and face muscles may have been irritated either inter-uterine or during birth, making sucking difficult.
What can you do?
- Ask a professional if your baby is tongue-tied.
- Ensure that your baby is gaining weight.
- Space your babies feeds evenly even if you need to use a dummy or finger.
- Remember, it is normal to feed your baby as often as every 2-4 hours.
- Ask an osteopath to check your baby’s neck and it’s sucking mechanism.
- An osteopath can also check your babies diaphragm and abdomen for signs of reflux and wind.
- Also check our feeding posture post to ensure you are relaxed and avoid neck or back pain.