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Facilitating Infant Competence: Hand Use During Latch

by Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

Those baby hands are always in the way! Or are they? Infants use their hands in predictable and helpful ways during breast searching and breastfeeding. This presentation explores these behaviors and ways to work with rather than against them, including ways to protect sore nipples without frustrating the infant.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe positioning modifications that improve the infant’s ability to deliberately use their hands to facilitate latch.

Objective 2: Detail how the infants’ hands and perioral areas interact during searching for the breast.

Objective 3: Explain how to limit tactile searching to protect sore nipples