We're diving into a topic that might have you scratching your head - that peculiar clicking sound your baby makes during feeding. If you've been wondering about it, you're definitely not the only one in this boat. Let's unpack what this sound means, why it happens, and how we can smoothen your feeding journey. And remember, it's always a great move to get personalized advice when it comes to breastfeeding.
What's with the Clicking During Feeding?
Ever heard that little click while your baby is breastfeeding? It's actually a sign that your little one might not be latching on just right. Getting that perfect latch is key – it makes sure your baby feeds well and keeps you comfortable too.
Why the Clicking?
There are a few reasons why your baby might be sounding like a tiny musician at mealtime:
Latch Matters: The main culprit is usually the latch. If your baby’s only got the nipple and not enough of the areola, they might lose suction, and that's where the clicking comes in.
Tongue-Tie Tango: Sometimes, a tongue-tie can limit how well your baby latches.
Milk Flow Frenzy: If your milk flow is like a rushing river, some babies click trying to keep up.
Unique Mouths: And then, there are those special little ones with high palates or other unique features that might make latching a bit tricky.
Repositioning Rumba: Make sure your baby's mouth is not just on the nipple. Try different positions to see what works best.
Breast Support Boogie: A little support from your hand in a 'C' shape might do wonders.
Pace the Beat: If it's a fast-flow issue, try paced feeding techniques or express a bit of milk first.
Tongue-Tie Check: If you suspect a tongue-tie, a well-versed lactation consultant or infant feeding therapist can help.
When to Call for Backup
If you're noticing:
Persistent clicking and your baby’s not gaining weight well.
Pain during feeding.
Any stress or uncertainty about feeding.
That's your cue to reach out. As your friend and lactation consultant, right here in Columbus, I offer both virtual and local support to tackle these feeding challenges. Remember, each mom-baby duo is unique, and getting advice tailored to you can make all the difference.
While the clicking might seem worrying, it's often something we can fix with a few tweaks. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Together, we'll work towards making your breastfeeding experience comfortable and joyful for both you and your little one.
About the author: Kellie Green is a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), who specializes in infant feeding. She operates a private practice in Columbus, OH, Green Living & Wellness.
This blog is meant for informational purposes and should not be taken as medical guidance.