There are various signs of breast and bottle feeding difficulties. Signs to look for in your baby include:
- Having difficulty with attachment to the breast or bottle.
- Making a clicking noise while feeding.
- Spilling milk out of the front of their mouth during feeding.
- Taking a very long time to feed or complete a bottle.
- Falling asleep before taking an adequate volume.
- Not taking sufficient volume at feeds due to refusing to feed or getting tired while feeding.
- Only feeding while they are asleep or in a drowsy state.
- Constantly crying or become distressed during or after feeds.
- Having poor weight gain.
- Coughing during feeds.
- Sounding wheezy, rattly or wet sounding cry during or after feeds.
As a parent/carer it is recommended to get assistance if you are:
- Experiencing pain during breast feeding and mastitis.
- Finding it stressful and difficult to feed your baby.
- Spending extended periods of time feeding.
- Concerned about your baby’s behaviours around feeding time and after feeding.
- Worried about your baby’s intake and volume.
- Concerned about your baby’s weight gain.
- Concerned about how distressed your baby is at feed times.
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