The ‘Lazy’ Feeder

Every baby’s feeding duration/frequency/length of baby’s feeds is different and there are many variations of normal.  Many baby’s are described as ‘lazy feeders’ – when this is associated with unmanageable (sleepy/long/frequent) feeding or slow weight gain, it’s well worth looking into. There are many reasons why a baby’s feeding pattern may appear to be lazy.  The reasons are many and varied, but they all need a very thorough assessment by someone who has the time to take a full history and WATCH a full feed – from start to finish even if it takes an hour.  As an LC, this is what I do.  I listen to the mum and what she is seeing and feeling, I look at the baby and the pattern of weight gain, I listen and assess for swallowing and watch for tiny clues to tell me what is going on. When I’m assessing a mum and her bubba who is ‘lazy’, here’s some of the things I consider Is there a medical condition which is making this bubba lethargic – this could be severe jaundice or under-nutrition, a cardiac condition etc.  If this is a possibility, it’s time to seek medical attention while putting in a plan to support feeding Is this bubba having short feeds because he is getting a lot of milk in a short amount of time Is this bubba waiting patiently for his mum’s let-down which is inhibited – such as those effected by breast reduction Is this bubba premature and just not strong enough to do full breastfeeding yet Is this bubba falling asleep at the breast and taking a long time to feed because the milk is flowing really slowly or supply is low The lazy feeder is fine if mum and bub are happy, healthy and bubba is gaining weight – if this isn’t the case, they need to be assessed properly and a close eye kept on them. If you are concerned about your baby’s feeding, pattern of weight gain or finding breastfeeding unmanageable, please consider a consultation for a thorough assessment.     Photo...
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Cancellation Policy

Very occasionally, after someone has booked a consultation with me, they may need to change or cancel their booking.  If this is the case, my cancellation policy is as follows If a booking is cancelled more than 24hrs prior to the scheduled time, there is no charge payable. If a booking is cancelled less than 24hrs prior to the scheduled time, 50% of the consultation fee is payable I am happy to reschedule consultations when needed, but will only reschedule once.  There is no fee for this. If a consultation has been rescheduled by you and you are unable to have the consultation at the (second) scheduled time, this will be considered a cancellation.  See above for cancellation fees. When a consultation is cancelled at short notice, it can be difficult to fill for another mother who needed help but may have been turned away because of lack of availability.  The effect this may have on their breastfeeding journey may be quite detrimental. These policies are completely at my discretion, and may not be asserted depending on...
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