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Breastfeeding as Movement: Case Studies on Posture, Movement and Reflexive Function in Complex Feeding Challenges

by Allyson Wessells, PT, MPT, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

Knowledge of neuroanatomy, reflexes, and biomechanics as related to breastfeeding is essential to IBCLC competency. This presentation will define breastfeeding in terms of posture, movement, and reflexive function. Examples of neuromuscular dysfunction that impair breastfeeding will be provided through a series of case studies with emphasis on dissipating stress while empowering families with strategies to optimize movement essential to breastfeeding success. The presentation will build on the definition of breastfeeding as a first movement milestone strengthened through interactive tummy time at a most basic level, and through ongoing movement related assessment and treatment as necessary for complex feeding challenges. Also addressed will be some new research on pressure to breastfeed. Awareness of how IBCLC care might be perceived is important for establishing trust among families seeking it and the healthcare community referring to it.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain perceptions of pressure to breastfeed new mothers are experiencing according to recent study.
2. Define 3 types of movement associated with infant feeding and how fostering understanding of movement can empower parents.
3. Explain how the maternal lactogenic timeline interfaces with infant movement progression and strength.
4. Demonstrate activities that can empower families to improve movement and posture for better breastfeeding function.

Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks