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An infant bottle-feeding aversion is one of the most complex, stressful, and confusing situations parents could face.
Baby becomes distressed at feeding times and refuses to feed or eats very little despite obvious hunger. Others may only willingly eat while drowsy or asleep.
In Your Baby’s Bottle-feeding Aversion, Rowena Bennett describes the various reasons babies display aversive feeding behavior, explains how the reader can identify the cause, and describes effective solutions. Learn step-by-step instructions on how to resolve a behavioral feeding aversion that occurs as a result of being repeatedly pressured to feed - the most common of all reasons for babies to become averse to feeding. Your Baby’s Bottle-feeding Aversion provides practical professional feeding advice that not only makes good sense, it works!
Rowena Bennett is an Australian nurse who holds professional qualifications in various nursing fields including pediatrics, midwifery, child health, mental health and lactation consultant. She has over 20 years experience advising parents how to resolve infant feeding and sleeping problems. Rowena has helped 1000's of babies get over their aversion to bottle-feeding and enjoy feeding once again. Parents claim the relief is life changing.
We have tried everything to fix Jacob’s feeding problem. We have seen a pediatrician, GI specialist, ENT specialist, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, tried three medications, four baby formulas and every different bottle and nipple we could find, but nothing has worked. Because Jacob looks healthy and his weight is okay, his doctor said, “Keep doing what you’re doing.” I went home and burst into tears. I am at breaking point. I don’t know how much longer I can go on.
Jacob’s feeding rules our lives. We can’t leave the house because I don’t want to miss the chance to feed him. He screams when I put him into a feeding position. Every feed is a battle that ends with both of us in tears. He’s not sleeping well because I have to try to feed him in his sleep if he doesn’t drink enough while awake. He often wakes up while I am trying to feed him. I feel like I am in a constant state of anxiety. Even when he’s not feeding I am thinking about his last feed and whether or not he will eat next feed. I’m not sleeping because I wake up in the night and worry what the next day will be like. I worry about him getting dehydrated or sick if I can’t get enough milk into him. I count every ounce, and how many more opportunities there will be to squeeze in another feed before bedtime. I worry how the stress is affecting our relationship. I fear he will learn to hate me. I don’t know how I am going to go back to work because he won’t eat for anyone else but me. If I don’t work, we won’t be able to pay the mortgage. My mood swings depending on whether Jacob has had a good feeding day or not. I have been diagnosed with depression, but I honestly think if Jacob was feeding better, I would feel fine.
Knowledge is the key to resolving your baby's feeding aversion.
Thorough explanation of behavioral and physical causes of feeding aversions.
Understand why each baby is unique and simply don't follow typical growth patterns. Learn why health professionals don't always get it right.
Five steps to success - includes feeding rules and recommendations to support you and your baby to enjoy feeding again.
I was a registered nurse and midwife before having children of my own. Like many parents, I suffered from chronic sleep deprivation and postpartum depression as a result of the stress associated with caring for crying, sleepless babies. Thankfully, not infant feeding problems.The challenges I experienced in caring for my babies influenced my professional career. After my youngest started school, I trained as a mental health nurse and later undertook further studies to become a child health nurse and lactation consultant (IBCLC). From 1995 to 2015 I was employed as a child health nurse to assist parents to resolve infant feeding and sleeping problems and provide parenting advice at an Early Parenting Education Center in Australia. There, I worked side by side with parents and their babies for 8 hours a day for 4 to 5 days in a row. Working so closely with families provided countless opportunities to observe first-hand a diverse range of feeding and sleeping problems that trouble healthy babies and toddlers. My years working at the center provided opportunities to learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the care of physically well babies. And how to adapt infant feeding and settling strategies to meet the needs of individual babies and their families.
Having witnessed the devastation that an unresolved infant feeding aversion causes families compelled me to write this book. I realized that I could help more families through a book than I could through individual consultations.