New Shaker Publication – “You Got This Mom” – in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Leader
Feeding is Communication. When we help NICU caregivers interpret what their preemie is telling them during feeding, we support the parent-infant relationship.
Excerpt: ” What builds confidence is shifting the focus to feeding quality and their relationship with their infant. We get there by helping parents conceptualize feeding as a “conversation” with their infant. Our role as feeding specialists in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is to guide parents to develop this “co-regulation” with their infant—this line of communication that drives feeding, and, ultimately, the parent-infant relationship itself. With our ongoing support, parents can begin to see their relationship with their infant as the foundation for feeding. Intake is then viewed as the byproduct of a quality feeding interaction, not the feeding’s only goal. And so, the parent-infant-relationship begins, through infant-guided feeding.”
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Follow the link below to the full article on the ASHA Website.