Suck-Swallow-Breathe: The Origins of Advanced Motor Control
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The pharynx is the shared anatomic pathway for both swallowing and breathing; however, these two activities are mutually exclusive. Suck-swallow-breathe coordination is one of the first motor control benchmarks for a young child. The muscles required for suck-swallow-breathe aid mature posture and movement. These muscles develop in concert with other senses too, but their origins live with maturation and coordination in the nervous system. Looking, reaching, uprighting , and nearly all reflex movement patterns rely on the suck-swallow-breathe musculature.
Feeding Assessment Checklist Note state before, during and after feeding. Can infant be brought into appropriate state for feeding? What works? How much assistance is needed? Does infant exhibit stress before, during, or after feeding?
Give your preemie extra time to learn to breastfeed and let your baby set the pace. The feeding experience should be a pleasurable one, with the least amount of stress as possible. Learning to breastfeed can be a slow process and may take several weeks for your premature baby to achieve this milestone. Your baby will be able to smell and taste your milk without getting overwhelmed by an accidental bolus of milk during let-down.