When you have watched a breastfeed and classified any problems the infant is experiencing, you need to help the mother by giving her clear advice on how to improve feeding. You also need to give her information about caring for the infant if there are problems such as thrush, or if the baby is underweight.
You can compare an infant's signs with those listed in Table 10.2. This sets out the appropriate classifications and the recommended advice that you should give to the mother.
Table 10.2 Classifying feeding in a young infant
|If any one of the following signs:|
FEEDING PROBLEM OR LOW WEIGHT
|Advise the mother to breastfeed as often and for as long as the infant wants, day and night.|
Not low weight for age and no other signs of inadequate feeding
|NO FEEDING PROBLEM|
Advise the mother to give home care for the young infant.
Praise the mother for feeding the infant well.