Expert Strategies for Infant Feeding

Babies drink milk from a bottle on white bed. Expert Strategies for Infant Feeding from Red Door Pediatric Therapy

Feeding a newborn is often perceived as a natural process, but many parents face challenges that can be overwhelming. Issues like difficulty latching, keeping the baby aroused enough for feeding, and concerns about adequate nutrition are common in the first critical weeks after birth.

The Role of Healthcare Professionals 

Trained professionals, such as pediatricians and lactation consultants, are often the first points of contact for feeding difficulties. They provide strategies like trying different feeding positions or altering bottle and nipple types. When these initial steps are insufficient, it’s time for specialized intervention.

Speech-Language Pathologists at Red Door 

At Red Door Pediatric Therapy, with locations in Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, and Beulah, North Dakota, our speech-language pathologists, experts in oral facial myofunctional disorders and infant feeding, play a vital role in addressing feeding challenges. Our approach includes:

  • Comprehensive Evaluations: We conduct detailed assessments, considering the infant’s lip and cheek structure and mouth posture, and observing a feeding session.
  • Tailored Strategies: We offer immediate treatment strategies, focusing on structural issues like tongue-ties and providing support to improve latch and feeding.

Addressing Tethered Oral Tissues 

A common structural issue impacting feeding is a tongue tie, where restricted tissue under the tongue limits movement. At Red Door, we guide parents through tongue-tie release and provide post-procedure therapy to establish effective feeding patterns.

When to Seek Help 

Parents are encouraged to seek help early. Trust your instincts – if feeding is challenging or concerns about weight gain arise, professional consultation is crucial. Early intervention is key to effective solutions.

Collaborative Approach for Holistic Care 

Our Red Door Pediatric Therapy team collaborates with other healthcare providers to offer comprehensive care. We focus not just on immediate feeding issues but also on long-term developmental impacts.


Feeding challenges in infants, while complex, can be effectively managed with the right support and intervention. Our team at Red Door Pediatric Therapy is dedicated to helping infants and parents navigate these early challenges, setting a foundation for healthy development.