Infant Feeding Specialists
At Pregma, we aim to take away any added stress that may come with feeding, including colic, infant reflux, tongue-tie and pain in breastfeeding. Our specialists are on hand to expertly guide you through this.,
Infant Feeding Problems
Pregma understands that trouble with breastfeeding can be troubling and stressful for a new mother, sometimes causing feelings of anxiety and worry.
We have a network of expert infant feeding specialists that can offer guidance and support to ensure that mums can breastfeed successfully, even in complex cases.
If you are having continual issues and problems with breastfeeding, a Lactation Consultant can offer advanced support and assistance.
Most postnatal problems can be easy to overcome, from pain when feeding, to a baby that never seems full. Some of the things we can help with include:
- Painful feeding
- Colic and reflux
- Sore, cracked, damaged nipples
- Thrush, blocked ducts, mastitis
- Breastfeeding multitudes
- Low milk supply
- Slow weight gain for baby
- Returning to work whilst breastfeeding
- Introducing bottles, cups or other breast substitutes.
The list is not exhaustive, so please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your personal situation.
Baby reflux can be a debilitating, exhausting and confusing time, for both baby and parents. To see your baby suffering and feel helpless to improve the situation is frustrating and upsetting for all concerned.
Reflux is common, but it is not normal, and the best approach to resolving it is to understand the underlying cause.
Baby reflux can be caused by a number of issues such as taking in air when feeding, traumatic birth, vaccinations and allergies. Our baby reflux specialist will go through a thorough history of your pregnancy, your delivery, and your infant feeding choices or techniques to deliver a unique, tailor-made solution for your baby.
Reflux is not “just a stage” in your baby’s development. But it can soon be solved: let us restore peace and harmony to feeding time.
A tongue tie occurs when the strip of skin connecting the baby’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual. In some cases, the baby is not at all bothered by it, whereas others struggle due to the restriction of the tongues movement. This can make breastfeeding difficult.
In order to breastfeed, the baby needs to latch on to both the breast tissue and nipple, and their tongue needs to cover the lower gum to protect the nipple from damage. Some clear signs that your baby may be having difficulty with breastfeeding include:
- Not staying attached for a full feed
- Not gaining weight as quickly as they should
- Seeming unsettled or hungry all the time
- Making a ‘clicking’ sound as they feed – this can also be a sign that you need some support with the positioning and attachment of your baby at the breast
If a baby is having trouble feeding, they may need a tongue-tie division, a simple procedure that cuts the short, tight piece of skin connecting the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. It is a quick, simple and almost painless procedure that usually improves feeding straight away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Infant Feeding Specialists.
The lactation consultant will speak with you in private, listening empathetically and getting an understanding of your feeding attempts. They will let you know everything they are going to do during the examination.
The lactation consultant will observe your baby’s appearance and behaviour, examining your breasts and nipples. They will help you to adjust your breastfeeding position if you need too, making sure that they have latched on properly.
The sessions can often be around 45 – 50 minutes long and happen daily or weekly for around a month. This gives enough time to ensure the baby is consistently drinking well and getting enough food.
Pregma’s lactation consultants can accommodate your schedule, coming to the comfort and privacy of your home, ensuring you are relaxed and at ease.
Often the procedure is done to very young babies, who are only a few days old.
The procedure is normally done without anaesthetic, as it does not seem to hurt babies, due to the very few nerve endings at the bottom of the mouth.
Most babies sleep through the procedure, while others may cry a little.
When babies are a little bit older, they tend to need a general anaesthetic and recover immediately so they can feed happily.
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After an initial call to our Enquiries team, we will arrange a free ten minute “mini consultation” with a specialist. This gives you the chance to speak with a relevant practitioner about your individual needs before deciding on your care.
Whether you have a question about our services or just want to find out more about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.