Contact Melissa for breastfeeding support with a lactation consultant
online or in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and North Idaho.
Situations may arise where breastfeeding at the breast may not be a possibility. This could be due to medical problems for the mother or baby, sucking issues in the infant, or short-term separation of mother and baby. In these situations, finger feeding is a viable option. Finger feeding also helps a baby who might be struggling with latching on to the breast learn how to do so.
Finger feeding prevents issues that may confound the nursing baby. Artificial bottle nipples could present risks to the breastfeeding relationship by way of nipple confusion or flow preference. To “milk” a bottle, babies use different muscles than they do when at the breast; milk also flows differently through a bottle versus a breast. Using a finger feeder, babies experience a more “breast-like” nursing session, as the shape and skin of the finger encourages proper infant sucking (as compared to some other feeding devices) and finger feeders allow the baby to pace the flow of the milk.
With soft, flexible tubing and a baby-controlled flow rate, breastfeeding and the Hazelbaker fingerfeeder is an effective and durable tool for finger feeding a baby who cannot nurse at the breast for various reasons.
Please note that when the Hazelbaker Fingerfeeder is being used as a “training” tool to help baby learn the appropriate mouth movements to nurse at the breast, only use the feeder until the ravenous baby is calmed by having a sip of milk; then try putting the baby to the breast.
Disassemble and wash and rinse the HazelbakerTM with hot, soapy water. It can be sanitized in a dishwasher or microwave and can be boiled or autoclaved to sterilize.
Cost: Under $40
Melissa can work with your healthcare provider to
support your milk supply and healthy lactation.
Contact her here or by calling (509) 228-8710.