Sucking Dysfunction & the Role of Bodywork for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
"Bodywork to Support Infant Feeding". Everything in the body is connected. Learn how bodywork can be integrated into collaborative health care to support infant feeding skills. Topics will include oral motor patterns and reflexes, an embryologic view of tongue-tie, the vagus nerve and its impact on the infant airway, swallowing and coordination of suck, how structural issues located in parts of the body other than the mouth can cause issues with feeding and much more.
Elissa is a passionate osteopath, business owner and mentor.Elissa has worked as an Osteopath in private practice in Melbourne since graduating in 1998.
She started her own multidisciplinary clinic in 2002, combining osteopathy with, massage, naturopathy, kinesiology and counselling. In 2015 Elissa merged her business with a local podiatrist and started The Balwyn Health Hub.
She is well known for her treatment of children and pregnant women although her patient base also includes a strong focus for; the family unit, the elderly, performers, athletes and the chronically ill. Her special interest in osteopathic diagnostic reasoning often helps patients understand why chronic dysfunctions are not healing.
Elissa’s passion for working with pregnant women, babies and children allows close professional relationships with lactation consultants, midwives and doulas which has led to her guest lecturing at a number of multidisciplinary conferences.
The stresses faced by each new mother will reflect her unique experience of conception, pregnancy and birth and these stresses can significantly influence the mother-baby bond. Even the most well researched birth plan can be subject to variations and complications that will inevitably put additional stress on the mother. Difficulty breastfeeding is often one of the first signs of stress on the mother-baby unit; it’s success or failure can drastically influence the early bonds made between the dyad. The neuroendocrine system has many ways of responding to these stresses and knowledgable manual therapists have an opportunity to support both the mother and baby towards optimal physiology.
Michelle Emanuel has over 19 years experience as a neonatal / pediatric occupational therapist, which includes neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric critical care, outpatient and a private practice, with a specialty in using soft tissue manual therapy assessment and treatment. Michelle has a wide variety of skills including newborn/infant development, pre and perinatal psychology, Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Resiliency, infant sensory processing, baby massage, craniosacral therapy and other forms of bodywork. She specializes in bodywork for babies with torticollis, plagiocephaly and tethered oral tissues. Michelle is licensed and registered as an Occupational therapist, a national board certified Reflexologist and 200hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She is also certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Divine Sleep™ Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Baby's First Massage, Butterfly Touch Massage, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Infant Behavioral Assessment. In addition to developing the TummyTime! method and a BabyYoga curriculum, she teaches both parents and professionals in the essentials of baby development and care.
Topic: TummyTime!™ : A Therapeutic Strategy for Parents and Babies - [View Abstract]
Babies with tongue/oral restrictions and Cranial Nerve Dysfunction (CND) present with clinical indicators of decreased airway patency which interrupt latch and breastfeeding skills, airway development and Autonomic Nervous System regulation. These difficulties are noted clinically by mouth breathing, open mouth posture, stridor, snoring and other noisy breathing, suboptimal breathing patterns, decreased suck/swallow/breathe coordination and poor tongue and jaw posture / movement during activity and rest. Many of us are familiar with the Vagus nerve and the vital role it plays as our body’s sensory/afferent relayer of information to the central nervous system, as well, the Vagus serves as the primary parasympathetic influence on most of our viscera, including our heart, which helps us regulate. However, what we often gloss over is the motor input to the skeletal muscles of the soft palate, pharynx, larynx and tongue which directly impact breathing. This lecture will delve into this fascinating topic and provide clinical applications.
Dr. Hazelbaker has 30 years of experience specializing in cross-disciplinary treatments using specialized training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Earning her Master’s Degree in Human Development specializing in Human Lactation from Pacific Oaks College, Dr. Hazelbaker received her doctorate in Psychology from The Union Institute and University. Her original research on tongue-tie, in 1993, has changed clinical practice both in the USA and abroad. She authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) which remains the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months. Recently, Dr. Hazelbaker revised her Master’s thesis on tongue-tie into a comprehensive book on the condition titled: Tongue-tie: Morphogenesis, Impact, Assessment and Treatment published by Aidan and Eva Press. More information can be found at www.aidanandevapress.com.
Topic: The Faux Tie: When is a "Tongue-tie" NOT a Tongue-tie? - [View Abstract]
Topic: The Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function - [View Abstract]
Topic: The Impact of Bodywork on Infant Breastfeeding - [View Abstract]
Topic: The Impact of Infant Trauma on Breastfeeding - [View Abstract]
Topic: What Does Torticollis Have to do with Breastfeeding? - [View Abstract]
This session addresses the types of breastfeeding problems that respond to bodywork. Dr. Hazelbaker presents examples of structurally related sucking dysfunction that indicates the need for bodywork. She discusses the three major release areas that must be addressed to resolve the sucking issue.
Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children’s hospitals, and in private practice. In 2004, Ms. Gatto became the co-owner of a private practice in Northwest Houston and began her journey in treating children with pediatric feeding disorders. After years of searching for answers in traditional feeding approaches, she underwent training in the field of Orofacial Myology and became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston in 2011. Ms. Gatto is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has two offices in the greater Houston area and employs 21 speech-language pathologists with various specialties.
For the past ten years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing- related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and early childhood intervention.
Ms. Gatto is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology & Audiology (AAPPSPA), Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA), and Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD). Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for the IAOM and AAPPSPA and the Community Advisory Board for the University of Houston.
Babies are born with lips, tongues, jaws, cheeks and reflexes that were designed for natural acquisition of skills in feeding, drinking, facial expression and, in speech. Oral motor patterns are the functioning of these structures, whereas, the reflexes are the infant’s mode of survival. These skills occur naturally when the oral structure is intact. When abnormality to the anatomy occurs, maladaptive movements are created and compensatory strategies are learned. The infant, child, or adult modifies their muscle functioning to eat, drink, and speak that directly affects the appropriate integration of higher skills during these feeding milestones. This session will address the normal and abnormal oral motor patterns, feeding milestones and the natural integration of the reflexes.
Carol has been a therapeutic bodyworker in Portland, Oregon for over 26 years. She is a retired home birth midwife. She specializes in infant and maternal Craniosacral Therapy.
Carol is convinced that if women are appropriately supported in growing, birthing and nurturing their babies, their lives will improve. When women's lives improve their children's health improves. Healthy children grow up to be healthier adults who create healthier communities and a saner, more peaceful world. Carol believes that when things are out of balance even the smallest intervention can bring about great healing. Our need for it is so great. Carol is passionate about using her CST skills to gently make space in maternal bodies so babies can assume ideal positions for gestation and birth. She is currently developing specialized prenatal yoga classes to support and enhance the maternal bodywork techniques she practices and teaches.
Carol will explain how the sources of tongue and oral dysfunction aren’t always in the mouth. Sometimes the gold is buried elsewhere. She will discuss torques and twists in the body that extend into the floor of the mouth and express themselves as a lack of tongue mobility. She will discuss how fetal lie and restricted fetal mobility cause babies to grow in ways that negatively impact their breastfeeding. These things may masquerade as and/or exacerbate tongue mobility issues disguised as short frenula. Carol will also explain the CST treatment approach for these babies.
Dr. Valérie Lavigne graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1998. In July 2005, she became an IBCLC, the first chiropractor in Quebec with the title. She has her fellowship in pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and has graduated in November 2014 with a Master of Science in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Health from the Anglo-European Chiropractic College. She is working in private practice in her chiropractic clinic in Kirkland, Quebec.
How comfortable are you at identifying neuromusculoskeletal issues in babies. This lecture will explore the triad aspect of breastfeeding – neurological, muscular and skeletal. A review of the causes, main conditions combined with tips to help you recognize neuromusculoskeletal issues will provide you with a more astute eye during your evaluation. Treatment options will be reviewed in addition to a review of the chiropractic and lactation literature. This lecture should create awareness amongst health professionals about the importance of treating neuromusculoskeletal issues in baby to optimize breastfeeding!
This program has been approved for 6.0 CERPs (6 L). GOLD Learning is an approved Long Term Provider of CERPs by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Approval #CLT114-07. If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive credits for this program a second time. Please sent us an email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
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