We know as feeding therapists, the most impactful thing a caregiver can do is to feed, nurture, and grow their children. This is a foundation for bonding and relationship building. When that relationship goes awry due to feeding issues or difficulties, it can become overwhelming, if not even traumatic. Supporting the infant from the very beginning at the breast is important for building this caregiver/baby relationship. In this course, participants will learn to critically evaluate different factors affecting feeding including the normal anatomy and physiology of the milk making process, barriers of milk production, co-morbidities involving feeding including pre-term birth, and gastrointestinal difficulties/anomalies. Participants will also be provided with information for the collection of objective data to evaluate the breastfeeding dyad and provide guidance or reassurance for the families they serve.
Key Learning Outcomes
As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to
Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the human milk making process.
Explain how to troubleshoot common problems a breastfeeding dyad may encounter.
List the positions and supportive measures a breastfeeding dyad may attempt and rationale for utilization.
Develop a plan of action and provide guidance for a breastfeeding dyad after having collected and evaluated the objective data.
Agenda and Duration
5 Mins – Introduction 10 Mins – CLC vs. IBCLC certifications, Role Differentiation 20 Mins – Anatomy and Physiology of Normal Breastfeeding 10 Mins – Skin to Skin, Benefits, Implications 10 Mins – GI implications and the Microbiome 20 Mins – Latch examples, Positioning 10 Mins – Troubleshooting the Problem 10 Mins – GI implications and the Microbiome 20 Mins – Baby Math 5 Mins – Conclusion/Questions
Duration: 2 Hours
Melanie is an ASHA certified Speech-Language pathologist of 8 years, and has worked in various settings including home health, outpatient, and presently the acute care setting within the NICU. She specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing and has also obtained certifications as a lactation counselor and neuromuscular electrical stimulation with Vitalstim. Melanie has a passion to educate colleagues at the local, state, and national level in regards to pediatric feeding and swallowing to enable them to practice at the highest levels of evidence-based care. She has also taken on the role of adjunct faculty with the new Speech-Language Pathology program through the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to educate students how to best support the development of healthy feeding relationships and the treatment of feeding disorders.
Financial: Melanie Van Noy is currently a full-time employee at University Health System, San Antonio, TX, which is unaffiliated with this presentation. Non-financial: None.
This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.
This presentation is not focused on any products and is not focused on any specific type of service delivery model.
Available CE Credits
On-demand participants will be presented with quiz questions to answer throughout the course. Participants must view the entire course and correctly answer all quiz questions to earn CEUs.
Partial credit will not be awarded.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.