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Hold Your Baby During Feedings

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Parent Handouts and Info - Parent


Discusses importance of physical contact as a part of feeding young babies, as well as importance of finding comfortable positions for mother and baby.


All Ages

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Infancy (<1), Toddlerhood (1-3)

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Hold Your Baby During Feedings

Hold Your Baby During Feedings

Physical contact is an important part of feeding for your young baby. Holding your baby provides him with a feeling of safety. Hearing and feeling your heartbeat as you hold him will help your baby. It will help him to develop a pattern to his own swallowing and sucking. It can be hard to find a comfortable feeding position. Talk to your pediatric team if you would like help with this.

Adapted from Jellinek MS. Bright Futures in Practice, Mental Health (2002).

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