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Breastfeeding code

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Breastfeeding Codes
A Offered but not interested
B Interested but not latching
C Latching but on and off, or falling asleep
D Latches but uncoordinated sucking
E Latches, sucks and swallows but short feed
F Latches, sucks and swallows, long feed
Does the baby need a top up feed?
A, B or C Full top up feed
D or E Half top up feed.
If mum available for next feed, consider not topping up with view to feeding again at the breast when showing cues
F No top up feed

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  • Document type: Clinical Guideline
  • Services responsible: Neonatology
  • Owner: Newborn Services Clinical Practice Committee
  • Editor: Sarah Bellhouse