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Introduction to Cervical Auscultation

by Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU, 1 ACM CPD Hours
  • Learning Format: Online Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

Cervical Auscultation (listening with a stethoscope over the baby’s neck or chin during feeding) is a useful tool for lactation consultants in assessing suck:swallow:breathe rhythms and coordination. This presentation uses recorded sound files of cervical auscultation of breastfeeding infants to illustrate some uses of this technique for breastfeeding assessment, clinical problem solving, and identifying dyads who require referrals for speech/feeding therapy or medical care.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe how to perform cervical auscultation as part of a breastfeeding assessment.

2. Define the auditory characteristics of a normal swallow, a normal breath, and efficient suck:swallow patterning.

3. Explain how cervical auscultation can be used to guide feeding management in infants at risk of ineffective breastfeeding.

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