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GOLD Learning Online Tongue-tie Symposium 2018

This symposium package is designed with a "start to finish" mindset, with the goal of providing a complete clinical picture from initial assessment, to suck rehabilitation after frenotomy and everything in-between. This symposium will leave you feeling more confident about your knowledge and understanding of the big picture of tongue-tie, and armed with clinical skills that you can put into practice right away to help the families in your care.

$95.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 5.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (5):
Duration: 72 mins
Lisa Urich Lahey, RN, IBCLC, OMT
Utilizing Myofunctional Methods and Lactation Therapy Pre & Post Frenectomy for Optimal Suck Rehabilitation
USA Lisa Urich Lahey, RN, IBCLC, OMT

Lisa Lahey RN, IBCLC, OMT has worked for 23 years in maternal child health as a nurse and lactation consultant in L/D, postpartum, newborn nursery, NICU, and perinatal education. Lisa is currently working on her master's degree for Family Nurse Practitioner. An IBCLC for 20 years, Lisa has a special interest and expertise in tethered oral tissues. Lisa’s private practice Advanced Breastfeeding Care provides home visits or office consults for complex feeding issues as well as joyful breastfeeding. Lisa also provides myofunctional therapy to babies, children, and adults in a functional orthodontic office. Lisa is a contributing author to the book Tongue Tied. Lisa enjoys teaching assessment fundamentals and oral exercises when she lectures at conferences and courses. Clinical photography and nature photos are also a favorite hobby. Most of all, she is a mom to five children (all were breastfed) who keep her busy and remind her daily of life’s joys and treasures traveling and hiking with her family to unplug from a busy pace in life.

Objective 1: Describe and define key aspects of myofunctional assessment as it relates to oral function and sucking pre and post frenectomy;

Objective 2: Discussion of checklists of normal and dysfunctional suck habits and related anatomy;

Objective 3: Details on which oral exercises to use for the lips, cheeks, tongue, jaw, palate;

Objective 4: Share what parents can do with massage and movement strategies to encourage better breastfeeding;

Objective 5: Describe feeding tools and lactation therapy techniques that are utilized for suck rehab.

USA Lisa Urich Lahey, RN, IBCLC, OMT

Are you hearing the buzz about myofunctional therapy and wonder what it is? This talk will explore and discuss the varied clinical presentations and compensations observed with tethered oral tissues in regards to infant oral functional anatomy and sucking. The IBCLC can develop comprehensive assessment strategies and begin to utilize myofunctional methods and lactation therapy techniques to optimize suck rehabilitation pre and post frenectomy.

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Duration: 60 mins
Breastfeeding Strategies for Tongue-tied Infants

Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years.

Objective 1: List two potential effects of tongue-tie on the mother and infant during breastfeeding;

Objective 2: Detail three strategies to help tongue-tied infants to breastfeed more effectively;

Objective 3: Design a simple sucking exercise to reduce tongue retraction.


Tongue tied infants may have difficulties with breastfeeding that impact maternal comfort and milk transfer. This presentation focuses on strategies to support breastfeeding whether or not frenotomy is elected or available.

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Duration: 70 mins
Dan Hanson, DC, BDS (Dentistry), MBIBH (Buteyko Institute)
The Tongue is for Life: Oral Restrictions and their Impact on Breastfeeding and Throughout the Lifetime
Australia Dan Hanson, DC, BDS (Dentistry), MBIBH (Buteyko Institute)

Dr Dan Hanson is a dentist (BDS) and Buteyko breathing educator (MBIBH) who since 2011 has limited his practice to early interceptive treatment of soft tissue dysfunction, breathing dysfunction and malocclusion. Since 2014 his focus has been laser frenectomy procedures to help infants and toddlers to sleep, breathe, feed and grow properly through correction of oral function. His treatments in his various locations include correction of tongue and lip restrictions for all ages including children and adults, as well as myofunctional orthodontics. 

Working in a team with a collaborative approach to maximize health gains is a key feature of his philosophy of care. 

Dr Dan has lectured to professional audiences on a regular basis since 2012, with locations including London, Lyon, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, and Auckland. His topics include Tongue Tie as well as craniofacial growth and development. 

Practicing from a variety of clinics including Gold Coast (Holistic Dental Care), Brisbane (Enhance Dentistry) and Melbourne (Myofocus), his mission is to make these vital treatments accessible to as many people as possible. To help with this goal he is co‐founder of The Tongue Tie Institute – an educational organization focused on sharing valuable information about diagnosis and management of oral restrictions.

Outside his career as a dentist and breathing educator, Dr Dan has a passion for self‐ awareness and is involved in "Men's Work". Co--‐facilitator of men's groups on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, he enjoys running workshops to help people connect and grow emotionally. He has been married to Rachel since 2007 and enjoys spending time in nature, including kite‐surfing and hiking.

Objective 1: Gain an insight into the tongue’s role beyond feeding in infancy;

Objective 2: Describe the links between malocclusion, snoring and sleep apnoea;

Objective 3: List what options there are for treatment of tongue and lip restrictions (ties).

Australia Dan Hanson, DC, BDS (Dentistry), MBIBH (Buteyko Institute)

It is widely accepted that the teeth and jaws are at the mercy of the muscles of the lips, cheeks, and tongue, and that soft tissue dysfunction, or aberrant swallowing (and breathing) patterns are the major cause of malocclusion. Therefore, any factor leading to either soft tissue dysfunction or breathing dysfunction may therefore lead to malocclusion. Tongue Tie is just one of those factors. Essentially, the introduction of anything leading to aberrant swallowing patterns, poor posture, or dysfunctional breathing such as mouth breathing which also affects tongue posture will impact upon the incidence of malocclusion. This has implications for breastfeeding as well as throughout the lifetime due to the variety of compensations that may occur, either by the mother, or the infant, or both. Infant muscular compensations will have a knock-on effect throughout life. This presentation will look at how the tongue shapes oral and maxillofacial development and how tongue dysfunction not only affects breastfeeding, but also contributes to many challenges beyond infancy.

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Duration: 63 mins
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Post Frenotomy Care: Examining Exercises, Therapy, and Support for the Breastfeeding Dyad Post Release
       Stevanie Bahnerth, DC

Dr. Cara graduated from Arizona State University of with Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner in addition to having her IBCLC certification. Dr. Cara is also a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, specializing in “Oral Surgery in Infants, Toddler, and Adults.” Dr. Cara very much enjoys helping families to reach their breastfeeding goals.

Dr. Stevanie Bahnerth is a family chiropractor with over 14 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and then went on the attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Having breastfeed her three own children, she developed a passion for helping breastfeeding families. She is an active La Leche League Leader. In her free time, Dr. Stevanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, and traveling.

Objective 1: Discuss the biomechanics of breastfeeding including joints, bones, muscles, and cranial nerves and how Tethered Oral Tissue (TOT) affects this process;

Objective 2: Discuss the relationship between structure and function as it relates to TOT and Breastfeeding;

Objective 3: Discuss the necessity for a multidisciplinary approach in caring for the breastfeeding dyad;

Objective 4: Provide information on post-frenotomy after care including both structural work, exercises, and support for the breastfeeding dyad.

       Stevanie Bahnerth, DC

It is well known that tethered oral tissue (TOT) contributes to difficulty in breastfeeding. TOTs cause an alteration in ability of the infant to latch to the breast and coordinate a proper suck to allow for appropriate transfer of milk. While only medical and dental providers can perform TOT releases on infants, care for the mother/baby dyad after releases requires the work of multiple disciplines to optimize breastfeeding and support the dyad, and it’s important to understand everyone role. Understanding the biomechanics of breastfeeding including joints, bones, muscles, and cranial nerves and how TOT affects this process is necessary to understanding appropriate aftercare for infants who are released. This talk focuses on the necessary aftercare including support of the family of infants receiving release of TOT. Appropriate exercises, the role of body work, and additional consideration related to birth trauma are discussed in this talk. This talk utilizes the experiences of both a provider performing releases with additional IBCLC education and an infant chiropractor.

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Duration: 57 mins
Canada Anjana Srinivasan, MDCM, CCFP, IBCLC

Dr. Anjana Srinivasan is a family doctor and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is the medical co-director of a hospital-based referral breastfeeding clinic since 2008. She is active in teaching and has developed courses in lactation for medical students, residents, practicing physicians and other health care professionals. She is a faculty lecturer in the Family Medicine department of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. One of her areas of interest is tongue-ties and breastfeeding. She gives lectures on this topic and has conducted research projects at the breastfeeding clinic. Dr. Srinivasan also has a family practice which concentrates on maternal child health.

Objective 1: Understand the assessment of tongue-ties and upper labial ties among breastfeeding infants who present with breastfeeding problems;

Objective 2: Identify cases of tongue-ties and/or upper labial ties among breastfeeding infants which may need treatment with frenotomy;

Objective 3: Manage breastfeeding-related problems which may be caused by infant tongue-ties and/or upper labial ties;

Objective 4: Discuss the research and evidence surrounding tongue-ties and upper labial ties, including studies done at the Herzl-Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic.

Canada Anjana Srinivasan, MDCM, CCFP, IBCLC

The approach to tongue-ties and upper labial ties in the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad remains controversial. The definition and assessment of tongue-ties and upper labial ties will be reviewed, as well as their presentation in the breastfeeding mother and infant. Diagnostic tools will be discussed, as well as indication for frenotomy. The research and evidence for treatment with frenotomy will be outlined. This presentation will include photos, videos, case studies, and studies conducted at the Herzl-Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic, a hospital-based referral center for complex breastfeeding issues.

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CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. This program has been approved for 5 CERPs (5 L-CERPs).

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Tags / Categories

Breastfeeding the Tongue Tied Infant, Differential Diagnosis & Management, Pre & Post Care

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