Support for a Healthy Start
Whether your baby needs ongoing feeding assistance after leaving the hospital or you are experiencing new feeding issues once you return home, our experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) are here as a resource and support for you and your baby.
What can therapy do for my baby?
- Assist infants in the coordination of feeding (suck-swallow-breathe pattern)
- Increase success with feeding (bottle or breast)
- Provide bottle nipple recommendations that are appropriate to the infants abilities
- Educate parents on feeding techniques and positioning options
- Provide environmental change recommendations and calming techniques for infant
Signs that your baby may benefit for OT:
- Infant takes longer than 30 minutes to feed
- Caregiver needs to offer chin or cheek support continuously during the feeding to achieve necessary volume (Example: You feel like you are working harder than your baby)
- Infant is a "sloppy" feeder
- Infant has difficulty with overall coordination of feeding-either bottle or breast
Our Outpatient Occupational Therapists draw upon their extensive knowledge and training to assist your baby with oral-motor skill development, positioning, environmental modifications, and reflex development that is crucial to successful feeding. As Certified Lactation Counselors, they are also extremely knowledgeable in both bottle and breastfeeding techniques to ensure that your baby is receiving the nourishment he or she need to grow and develop.
How do I get a referral to the infant feeding clinic?
If you have concerns, ask your pediatrician for an occupational therapy evaluation and treatment referral.
For more information on the Infant Feeding Clinic at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, call 314-996-3500.