Our Hip Dysplasia Journey- Feeding and Tummy Time

One week since our turnaround appointment and day three of harness free daylight hours!

If you missed it, you can catch up on what’s been happening here or if you follow me on Instagram I’m waffling in about it in my highlights. But a massive thank you for all of your supportive messages, it’s good to hear so many agree with following mummy instinct and doing what you thinks best!

Anyway, I had lots of hip dysplasia posts drafting away in my head before our pavlik journey was abruptly cut short (or so we hope) so I’ll be continuing sharing what I’ve found worked for the foreseeable.

Finding your feet with feeding

If you have read our feeding journey post, you’ll know I exclusively bottle feed Ace after a rather difficult start on the boob.

I’ll admit for weeks I was pretty devastated that breast feeding just didn’t happen for us, but now I really don’t know if I would of coped. I found finding a good position hard enough without the harness! The mums who manage to continue to breast feed throughout harness wearing are absolute superhero’s and I salute them.

Bottle feeding hasn’t been a walk in the park either, but we’ve found what works after some trial and error.

The biggest thing to consider is not pushing your little ones legs together, so aim for a position that keeps them spread and frog like.

For this reason, we opted for feeding Ace facing us, propped up in a feeding cushion on our lap, which works like a dream. His leg position isn’t compromised and he’s fully supported with no pressure on the shoulder straps.

Tummy Time

And that feeding pillow will also come in handy for tummy time.

Our consultant doesn’t recommend tummy time in a harness, but after speaking to other parents who have been told to go ahead, we decided to keep incorporating it into our day. With extra tummy time during his harness free half hour.

But to stop any pressure on the chest piece, we rest Aces chest on the feeding pillow with his legs wide in the U shape, with lots of toys in front of him to keep him entertained.

The harness does mean he’s less able to try and ‘crawl’ like he used to, and he definitely struggles to lift his head up but it’s helping to keep tummy time in his daily routine.

Anyway, I’ll sign off for now. I hope these tips that we found useful work for you too. I’m going to feature some adapted items that proved useful to us in my next post, but now I’m off to the sling library just to ensure I’m carrying Ace in the optimum position for when we go completely harness free.

Sian x

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