Oral Motor Series
At MOBI Motherhood Intl we address extreme breastfeeding challenges. While we hope that you will never experience the situations described here, we also know that too many mothers stop breastfeeding because they don’t have the information they need to overcome the circumstances they face. By being informed and getting to the root of the problems behind breastfeeding difficulties, both the issues of the mother and her baby can be appropriately addressed. Read More...
MOBI stands for Mothers Overcoming Breastfeeding Issues. It was founded by and for mothers who grieved their unsuccessful breastfeeding relationships. They were surprised and comforted to find other mothers had similar experiences. Their mutual support enabled some mothers to find solutions or closure.
MOBI Motherhood Intl. is a non-profit organization committed to research, advocacy, education, and support for mothers with extraordinary circumstances that hinder or prevent the breastfeeding relationship. Its goal is to promote the support of mothers with extreme breastfeeding issues, with our online support groups, and with education and research. Read More...
Posted 15 May 2007
Breastfeeding and the Sensory World of the Baby, Part II
By Beverly Morgan, IBCLC, Caroline L. Bias, M.S., CCC-SLP, Susan Chick, & Hilary Jacobson, CH.HU.SI.
Many times, sensory integration differences show up as feeding challenges. The baby may have difficulties feeding, whether he is breastfed or bottle fed. In some cases, his distress signals are mild and easily missed when he is a newborn. His struggle to integrate sensory messages may go unnoticed because they do not cause problems at first. However, as the baby asserts his preferences, refusal to feed at the breast or at the bottle may result.
Of course, not all feeding problems are due to sensory related issues. The first step to take if you have any feeding related challenges with your breastfed baby is to see an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Your IBCLC can help you ascertain exactly what the problem or problem area entails: Perhaps the breastfeeding position triggers one of his sensory integration issues, or his difficulties might not be unrelated to sensory integration at all.
If you have a baby who is gagging and upset when he sees the breast, it is possible that he is uncomfortable with something that is happening during the feeding. Perhaps his swallow is not well coordinated and he sometimes feels as though he is choking. This baby may have oral motor issues that make it challenging to master feeding skills, and may require the guidance of a Feeding Therapist.Read Full Article...