WEBINAR | Supporting Breastfeeding in Infants with Special Needs: IBCLC and SLP Collaboration [July 14, 2020] [12:00PM-02:00PM EASTERN]90417
Date: July 14, 2020
Location: Webinar (12:00PM-02:00PM EASTERN)
Presenter: Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC and Lori L. Overland MS CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC, FOM
According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding should be the exclusive source of nutrition for infants until 6 months of age. Breastfeeding is normal infant feeding (Genna, C., 2013) Pre-maturity, medical issues, structural issues, and tone/postural/biomechanical issues often put infants at risk for feeding difficulties. These may include difficulty coming to the breast, difficulty with latch, difficulty transferring milk, difficulty coordinating suck/swallow/breathe and ultimately failure to thrive. While IBCLCs, physicians and speech pathologists all play a role in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding they often are not successful in keeping these infants at the breast. Early feeding issues are red flags for developmental disabilities (Overland, L & Merkel-Walsh, R. 2013), and orofacial myofunctional disorders (Merkel-Walsh, R. & Overland, L., 2018).
This two hour seminar will provide a framework for understanding infant populations at risk for feeding disorders, review the benefits of breastfeeding, and more specifically the lifelong benefits for mother/infant dyads when a baby has special needs. Working with these infants requires a multidisciplinary team (Genna, C. 2013), and this seminar will provide a framework for IBCLCs and speech pathologists to collaborate to assess and prepare to treat these dyads.
- Participants will be able to identify at least five characteristics of babies at risk for breastfeeding challenges.
- Participants will be able to list at least five health outcomes of breastfeeding.
- Participants will be able to describe the role of the IBCLC and Speech Pathologist in the treatment of babies with special needs.
Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® OPT resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area)(see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)
TalkTools®️ is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 4782. This self-study course qualifies for 2 self-study contact hours or 0.2 CEUs in the Category of Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.
Schedule (12:00PM - 02:00PM Eastern)
- 15 minutes: The Importance of Breastfeeding
- 15 minutes: Populations at Risk for Feeding Difficulties
- 15 minutes: Challenges to the Breastfeeding dyad
- 20 minutes: The Dream Team: Complimentary Roles of the IBCLC and SLP
- 30 minutes: Collaborating on Assessment
- 15 minutes: Framework for Treatment
- 10 minutes: Q&A