Finding a way of getting nutrition is an instinct and skill that we are born with. This is why it is so common for babies to be given to the mother for breastfeeding almost immediately after birth. For most babies and mothers, this is a process that goes smoothly and easily. However, for some babies, and mothers, this does not go as smoothly as anticipated. There could be many reasons why a baby might have difficulty – and frequently, it is not due to a problem with the mother’s milk production. So, if this has happened to you, please don’t feel like this is your fault. All you need is the proper guidance and help to figure out what is going on. These problems are not just for breastfed babies – Babies who are bottle-fed also may experience difficulties. Again, there could be many reasons why a baby might have difficulty. There are some signs which can indicate that your baby might be struggling. We can help you figure it out.
Whether a baby has or hasn’t had problems with breast or bottle feeding, they can still sometimes struggle with feeding when it comes time to eat baby food/purees. However, feeding difficulties do not just affect babies! They can also affect toddlers, preschoolers, and any child through the teenage years. A common term that people are familiar with, is “Picky Eating”. While most people know some of the signs of a picky eater, they are not aware that the picky eating typically begins as a feeding difficulty (at any point in the child’s development). Figuring out the underlying cause of picky eating is essential in order to correct these issues. The professional who can help you make these determinations is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in feeding difficulties. That’s where we come in.
If you see any of these difficulties or picky eating taking place, or if you have concerns about your child’s feeding skills, contact us today to set up an appointment.