FEEDING

We provide feeding therapy for infants that are struggling with breastfeeding, bottle feeding or experiencing poor weight gain. Connections offers a unique and complementary multifaceted approach to treating babies and infants with feeding and movement challenges, as well as specific tethered oral issues (tongue, lip, and cheeks ties). We work closely with pediatric dentistry and lactation specialists for a team approach to tethered oral issues affecting feeding, movement, and structural dysfunction. We also see children of all ages who are “picky eaters”, failure to thrive or have had traumatic eating experiences and stop eating. Our approach is child centered, focusing on what they need to feel safe in their relationship with food. 

Mother Breastfeeding Baby

Mother Breastfeeding Baby

Baby Girl with Soother

Baby Girl with Soother

Asking for Pacifier

Asking for Pacifier

Baby Eating Food

Baby Eating Food

Young family

Young family

Mother Hand Feeding

Mother Hand Feeding

Nursing Newborn

Nursing Newborn

Feeding the Baby

Feeding the Baby

We treat babies with signs/symptoms such as..

  • Persistent weight gain, or little to no weight gain

  • Continuous messiness in sucking and swallowing

  • Persistent fussiness

  • Prolonged gagging, choking, or difficulty transitioning to solid foods

  • Delays in eating abilities

Feeding Development Stages

  • Birth to 4 months- liquids fed by breast or bottle

  • 4 to 7 months- Eats baby cereals and pureed foods

  • 7 to 9 months- Eats ground and mashed foods

  • 9 to 12 months- Introduction to liquids by cup

  • 10 to 12 months- Eats some finger foods

  • 12 months- Eats a lot of easy to chew table foods

  • 15 months- Drinks from cup

  • 15 to 18 months- Eats from spoon