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Breastfeeding the Tongue Tied Infant Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

Access the latest clinical skills and research for Breastfeeding the Tongue Tied Infant for Tongue-tie, Lip Tie & Structure professional training. These Breastfeeding the Tongue Tied Infant online courses provide practice-changing skills and valuable perspectives from leading global experts. This Breastfeeding the Tongue Tied Infant education has been accredited for a variety of CEUs / CERPs and can be accessed on-demand, at your own pace.

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New Zealand Dr. Yvonne LeFort, MD, FCFP, FRNZCGP, FABM, IBCLC

Dr. Yvonne LeFort has been a family physician for over 25 years and is based in Auckland New Zealand. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School and University of Calgary Family Medicine in Canada. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 2013.

She has been involved in helping breastfeeding mothers and babies for 18 years. Her specific interest in tongue tie and its management was nurtured through her association with Dr. Evelyn Jain who was a true pioneer in the recognition of the importance of breastfeeding and the impact that untreated ankyloglossia can cause on the breastfeeding experience.

Dr. LeFort has established a private Breastfeeding Clinic in Auckland New Zealand providing comprehensive lactation care for mothers and their infants. Her service includes the management of tongue tie and involves a lactation consultant for parallel breastfeeding support.


New Zealand Dr. Yvonne LeFort, MD, FCFP, FRNZCGP, FABM, IBCLC
Abstract:

Great interest has resulted from discussions and blogs concerning tongue-tie which have not always appeared to be mindful the research and evidence of the past 20 years. Much of the basic clinical management of the tongue tied breastfeeding infant and mother has evaporated from these discussions quite inappropriately. I would like to bring us back to the basics of this issue and remind us of what evidence does and does not exist.

The management of any breastfeeding issue remains the realm of the lactation consultant and tongue tie is no exception. Unlike a true stand alone surgical condition, the management of tongue tie requires pre-operative assessment and post-operative strategies to primarily protect the breastfeeding relationship thereby optimizing outcomes. The key guiding factor must be “primum non nocere” – first do no harm – to the breastfeeding relationship. Case studies will be shared that demonstrate the approach taken by the clinician and lactation consultant. Appropriate management and outcomes will be discussed.


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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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U.S.A. Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

James G. Murphy, MD, is a private practice pediatrician specializing in Breastfeeding Medicine. He was formerly an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the F. Edward Hérbert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He served 25 years active duty as a physician with the US Navy, 12 years as a contract pediatrician with the US Navy and 6 years as a Government Service Medical Officer at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Vice President of the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, a member of ILCA and, since 2009, an IBCLC. Dr Murphy began performing lingual frenulotomies in Oct 2003 and has performed over 2800 of these procedures to date including posterior sub-mucosal fibrous bands and 300 Upper Lip Tie releases.

U.S.A. Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC
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The concept of Tongue Tie has changed as expertise in the recognition and management of this entity has expanded. Also the consequences of not recognizing and effectively managing this entity and the “Faux Ties” which mimic it are many and expanding as data is collected to document the relationship. Breastfeeding is the most obvious and most severely affected function in infancy. Additional problems become apparent as the infant grows and develops into an ever more complicated organism. This presentation will discuss the many variations of tongue anatomy which present as a Tongue Tie, how to recognize each of these and the consequences of not managing this problem effectively in early infancy.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6.0  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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United States Tamara Hawkins, RN, FNP, IBCLC, LCCE, CHHC

New moms come to Tamara Hawkins for a birthing and breastfeeding plan, but what they get is the permission to abandon beliefs about what the experience should be. What they get is the insight to define their own journeys to and through motherhood—one unpredictably beautiful step at a time. What they get is the confidence to toss the all parenting books aside and to trust their own yes. As the Director of Stork and Cradle, Inc., a passion-fueled prenatal education group specializing in childbirth classes and lactation consultation based in New York City, Tamara brings over twenty years expertise as a Maternity Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner to deliver classes and programs that blend holistic knowledge and clinical care for mothers and their babies. As instructors and consultants, Tamara and her team offer insight and advice that is data driven, educationally sound, but most importantly, empowerment focused. With Stork and Cradle, women soon realize that their success as moms is not determined by epidurals or pumped ounces, but rather by the power that comes with honing their intuition and simply flowing and flourishing with their babies. An impassioned advocate for birth and breastfeeding equity, she is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Her private practice as an IBCLC accepts several private insurances. Learn more about her work at www.storkandcradle.com.

United States Tamara Hawkins, RN, FNP, IBCLC, LCCE, CHHC
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Trending in lactation consultants’ conversations are concerns of parents choosing not to release tethered oral tissues, declining structural realignment work, choosing frenotomy providers that are not on preferred consult lists, and experiencing less than desired outcomes or breastfeeding cessation. How can IBCLCs support families that might otherwise be ambivalent to body work, releasing restrictions, and follow up to ensure continuity of care and breastfeeding success? In this talk, we will explore the journey of holistic lactation care starting from a functional feeding assessment to helping parents reach a self-imposed goal of breastfeeding success with babies that have tethered oral tissues.

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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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U.S.A Karese Laguerre, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist

Karese, like many parents, suffered in silence while her children struggled with the symptoms of undiagnosed sleep and breathing issues. One visit to a pediatric dentist changed the trajectory of their lives. Already a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Karese, trained with Sandra Holtzman, Lois Laynee and Sarah Hornsby to establish her orofacial myology knowledge. With this initial training and numerous others, in a few short years she has not only resolved all her children's issues, but helped hundreds of patients, children and adults alike, discover how great life can be functioning on full. Her private practice, The Myo Spot is now a leader in the quest for myofunctional therapy awareness and public education. Her latest published book, Accomplished, delves into how to sleep better, eliminate burnout, and execute goals. Karese's mission is to transform and positively impact as many households as possible through dynamic breath, brain and body work.

U.S.A Karese Laguerre, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist
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Anticipatory care plays an essential role in achieving desirable outcomes after the revision of tethered oral tissues. Tethered oral tissues are a common and underdiagnosed problem that impacts potentially 10% of the United States population. Lack of a universally accepted approach to diagnosis, treatment, and management creates confusion for the public and prohibits optimal care. This lecture dissects current research, trends, and information to present a deeper connection between oral function and anatomy during breastfeeding and tethered oral tissue revision management. Discover the interdisciplinary approach to restoring a functional and healthy breastfeeding relationship to the dyad and the critical importance of setting families up for success by providing adequate anticipatory care and guidance prior to revision.

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Presentations: 11  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Bobby Ghaheri, MD is a board certified ear, nose and throat specialist with The Oregon Clinic in Portland, OR. His interest in treating children with tongue and lip-tie stems from his ardent support of breastfeeding and was furthered by his personal experiences, as his youngest child benefited from treatment for it. He enjoys working with children and has an interest in traditional and non-traditional approaches to pediatric pain control. To communicate with him, feel free to email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @DrGhaheri.

Abstract:Numerous symptoms may arise which prevent mother-infant dyads from maintaining desired breastfeeding intervals. Investigations into treatments which positively influence breastfeeding outcomes allow for improved patient counseling for treatment decisions to optimize breastfeeding quality.

Surgical release of tongue/lip-tie results in significant improvement in breastfeeding outcomes. Improvements occur early (1-week postoperatively) and continue to improve through 1-month postoperatively. Improvements were demonstrated in both infants with classic anterior tongue-tie and less obvious posterior tongue-tie. This study identifies a previously under-recognized patient population that may benefit from surgical intervention if abnormal breastfeeding symptoms exist.
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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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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.

Abstract:

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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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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Meg is the mother of three breastfed boys and lives with her husband and children in QLD, Australia. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and works with parents to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. She has a degree in psychology and her prior work was is in counselling and sexual health. She was a La Leche League Leader (breastfeeding counsellor) for seven years before becoming an IBCLC. Meg is the author of two books including, "Boobin' All Day...Boobin' All Night. A Gentle Approach To Sleep For Breastfeeding Families". She has published articles in numerous parenting magazines and websites. She was also filmed for a short documentary, "Lactaboobiephobia", based on one of her blog posts which was released in 2016.

Abstract:

Breastfeeding a child with a tongue can be very straightforward with no challenges for mother or baby, or can bring numerous challenges and problems. There are circumstances when a tongue tie procedure is not possible or the parents choose to avoid having the procedure, yet want to continue to breastfeed if possible. There are ways that we can help! This presentation involves practical tips and suggestions for health care professionals on how to best support families in this situation including how to best cover different possible outcomes, forming plans and working through challenges.

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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Jenn Bio - International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Birth Doula, Founder and Owner of Feed the Babes, LLC offers in-home and clinic-based, skilled breastfeeding support and birth doula services www.feedthebabes.com. Jennifer also serves as a Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) Project Manager and as Co-Founder of the Southeast Michigan IBCLC's of Color. The married mother of two happy, healthy, breastfed children has made it her life mission to disrupt the broken system that plagues the families that are impacted by systemic racism. She's committed to showing up in the community, daily, and, by mentoring aspiring Black IBCLC’s, supporting equipping and empowering future trailblazers to change the world. She is a dual Canadian and American citizen, leader, public speaker, consultant, clinician, advocate, and educator. Collectively as a family, she, her husband and two children enjoy growing their own food, photography, videography and serving their community. They reside in Metro-Detroit, Michigan.

Abstract:

During this presentation, we will discuss how best practices in early referral of skilled lactation support can improve feeding outcomes. Centering Black and Indigenous families by collaboratively working together with early assessment, community referrals and continuum of care across care teams can prevent improper diagnoses of ankyloglossia which can be harmful for families seeking to reach their individual feeding goals.

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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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U.S.A. Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC

Renee is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice. She has been working in the field of lactation since the birth of her first child in 1990--as a La Leche League Leader, postpartum doula and IBCLC. She draws from her background in education and child development every time she works with a breastfeeding dyad. Since becoming certified in 1997, Renee has supported moms through home, hospital and clinic visits, drop-in groups in the Seattle area and phone and Skype consultations internationally. She has the great fortune to work closely with several local Drs. who do excellent frenotomy. Renee is thankful to live in breastfeeding-friendly Seattle, close to her 2 grown daughters.

U.S.A. Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC
Abstract:

The diagnosis of tongue tie can send parents reeling. Especially true when they receive conflicting information from the pediatrician, various lactation consultants, nurses and other parents. In this age of instant information and social marketing, everyone seems to be an expert. What is a parent to do? Who does a mother trust? What is the right course of action? Using case studies from over 20 years in the field, Renee takes us through the tongue tie journey from the evaluation through the myriad possible steps to successful breastfeeding. Assessment, revision, body work, maintaining milk supply and keeping mothers “in the game” until baby can breastfeed all present challenges to the practitioner. This is especially true since each dyad needs it's own individualized plan that may morph frequently as treatment progresses. Join Renee as she takes you through the process of identification through resolution from the experience of her clients. She will also explore some cultural/regional differences and the challenges working with families through the tongue tie roller coaster.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6.0  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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United States Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE

Christine Staricka is an IBCLC and certified childbirth educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Her work in Bakersfield, CA area hospitals has encompassed inpatient and outpatient clinical consultation, ongoing staff education, and work toward Baby-Friendly certification. She is an experienced NICU, postpartum, and outpatient lactation consultant. In 2013, Christine co-founded a professional lactation education group called California Advanced Lactation Institute which has trained more than 100 individuals in basic breastfeeding management and preparation for the IBCLC exam. In 2014, Christine and 2 other IBCLCs opened California’s first licensed Baby Cafe location. Baby Cafe provides free breastfeeding support and IBCLC care in a welcoming and non-medical environment; it is a non-profit service which operates on in-kind donations and Christine and the IBCLC team volunteer their clinical services. Baby Cafe also provides the only venue in Kern County which allows individuals to obtain supervised clinical hours toward the IBCLC exam in a non-employment setting. In 2013 she and her local colleagues created Central Valley Lactation Association (CVLA), a chapter of USLCA, to coordinate efforts to support lactation professionals in California’s Central Valley. Christine met her husband of over 20 years while both were serving in the US Navy and they are the proud parents of 3 amazing daughters.

United States Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE
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A growing body of work supports the lactation care provider in assessing, referring, and infant feeding after a revision of oral restrictions; far less has been said regarding ongoing lactation care when revision is not part of the plan in the short- or long-term. Whether because revision services are unavailable, inaccessible, or not desired by parents, the dyad that includes a baby with non-revised oral restrictions will require a customized plan to avoid problems of lactation related to infants with oral restrictions. This presentation will equip the lactation care provider with tools to support the identified population of dyads where the infant has or is suspected to have oral restrictions. (These tools shall include: a review of situations which might lead a dyad to be considered part of this specific population; a comprehensive understanding of the categories of potential problems of lactation associated with this population; and the creation of a lactation care plan with clinical skills specifically designed to consider and address the needs of a dyad in this population along the entire spectrum of normal lactation.) Lactation care providers in any setting and with any level of training will benefit from this review of the issue as it offers a deeper understanding of why particular tools, techniques, and routines might be required for this population as compared with other populations of dyads.

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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.