Breastfeeding is a learned skill for both you and your baby. But it isn’t always easy and it can be really hard when breastfeeding doesn’t work out. We, at Southern Healthcare Specialists, understand how complex and overwhelmed breastfeeding difficulties can be. Because of these complexities, we believe it is important to look at the breastfeeding as a whole and to assess as many of the possible contributing factors in a feeding problem through the use of a mother and baby breastfeeding assessment.
Our Team is made up of a Developmental Paediatrician, Otolaryngologist and a Speech Pathologist that are committed to help you and your baby identify what is interfering with your breastfeeding and how to improve your baby’s growth and health.
INTRODUCTION TO THE INFANT ASSESSMENT OF ORAL MOTOR FUNCTION AND BREASTFEEDING
The Infant Assessment of Oral Motor Function and Breastfeeding is a detailed assessment of four “conditions” that could be involved with breastfeeding difficulties.
- First: baby’s oral and facial structures (lips, tongue - tongue-tie - cheeks, jaw), oral reflex, intra- and extra-oral sensibility and sucking bursts.
- Second: breasts, nipples and breastmilk flow.
*bottle feeding is also part of this assessment when it is in use at home.
- Third: breastfeeding position and behaviour of mother and baby.
- Fourth: baby’s ability to swallow.
The assessment component of the program makes sure that all the physical reasons for atypical breastfeeding are examined and appropriately treated medically. The treatment will be based on the results of this assessment with focus in one or more conditions and it can be individual or in small groups of mothers and babies facing the same issues.
In addition, we, at Southern Healthcare Specialists, will work to identify any nutritional deficits and to develop recommendations as appropriate to each individual situation and needs.