7 clues that your baby could have a feeding problem

If you’re finding breastfeeding tricky, every day can feel like a battle for a new mum.

Luckily, there’s a wealth of information and advice available out there. Nancy Nunn, consultant osteopath at the Osteopathic Centre for Children adds some practical clues to look out for.

  • Does your baby prefer feeding from one breast or sleep/lie with the head always turned to one side?
  • Does your baby appear to have tension in one shoulder, making it more difficult to get that arm into clothes?
  • Do you/your baby have difficulty getting the head into the right position to get the nipple into the mouth?
  • Does your baby struggle to open the mouth wide enough for the breast?
  • Does your baby ‘stop-start’ feed, or appear to ‘choke’ on milk flow?
  • Does your baby break seal during feeding: is there ‘clicking’ during a feed, nose congestion/snoring or noisy breathing? Does your baby appear to be swallowing air as well as milk (hiccups or big burps after a feed)?
  • Are you uncomfortable during or after feeding, is it worse on one side?

If you’re experiencing any of these problems when you’re breastfeeding, don’t worry, they could be helped by osteopathy.

Gentle treatments by a specialist paediatric osteopath can ease musculo-skeletal strains and tension, and can reduce stress levels in both mother and baby, which has a beneficial effect on the feeding relationship.

The Osteopathic Centre for Children (charity number 1003934) provides gentle, effective treatments for babies, children, new mums and mums-to-be, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Get in touch on 020 8875 5290, tweet @osteopathicCC, or visit www.occ.uk.com to find out more.

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Notes to Editors

The Osteopathic Centre for Children is part of the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy, a charity that provides specialist osteopathic treatments to improve children’s day-to-day lives. Since 1991, the charity has been working to ensure paediatric osteopathy is a treatment option for all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, by:

  • providing gentle, effective, specialist osteopathic treatments for children from birth to 18
  • training osteopaths to be competent and confident paediatric care professionals
  • carrying out research into paediatric osteopathy and champion its use worldwide