The term “feeding latch” is the most common term used to describe how babies’ stomachs and intestines work when they are eating.
You don’t need a doctor to know if a baby is feeding, or is digesting food.
The term is also used to identify when your baby needs a bottle or feeding.
This is a crucial part of the newborn’s care.
Here are five common ways to check for when a baby’s feeding is happening.
You can see how fast they are moving their lips or tongue.
A baby will always move his mouth forward and then back in the same direction every time he opens his mouth.
If you don’t see a pattern of movement in his mouth or tongue, you might want to get a physical exam to confirm he is feeding.
You can hear his heartbeat or how he is feeling.
It’s also important to hear his breathing.
You can tell if he is breathing if he has a high-pitched or rapid heartbeat or if his heart rate jumps rapidly during his feed.
If you can feel his stomach, you can ask if he’s swallowing or chewing.
He should definitely be eating.
Your baby might have a cold.
Your baby’s temperature may also change during a feeding.
If your baby’s stomach is warm and his temperature is low, he may not be chewing.
Check for his eyes, lips, or teeth.
Eye movements and teeth movements are a sign of how fast the baby is moving his mouth and tongue.
If they are fast or slow, you may want to take your baby to the doctor to have an x-ray to rule out an infection.