Seating and Positioning

Consideration of seating and positioning may be relevant as a management strategy in response to concerns regarding feeding safety, adequacy, feeding as a positive experience, development, and efficiency.

KEY MESSAGES

  • In infants, stability-mobility patterns play an important role in the coordination of the suck-swallow-breathe synergy.
  • Positioning of the feet, legs, and hips influences the trunk which influences the head, neck, and upper limb control and function.
  • Appropriate positioning of the child is essential for effective, efficient, and safe feeding.┬áThis may be facilitated by commercially available or specialized equipment.