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Beyond the Rooting Reflex: The Role of Primitive Reflexes in Lactation

by Gretchen Becker Crabb, MSE, LPC, OTR/L, CLC, IMH-E®
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

Primitive reflexes play an instrumental role in the birth process and lactation, motor, regulatory, and social emotional skill development. Reflexes not only serve to help us develop a sense of self, but they also assist to promote meaningful interactions with other people and the world around us. In this presentation, we explore how the integration of sensory processing and primitive reflexes support parents and infants in lactation. We will also look at how the function of these reflexes can impact learning, mental health and regulation skills in infants, children, and adults. Experiential activities will be used to enhance participants understanding of each reflex and experiment with supportive strategies to use with families.

Learning Objectives:

1. List the primitive reflexes that play a foundational role in lactation
2. Describe the function, developmental continuum, and non-integration patterns for each primitive reflex reviewed
3. Define 2 basic strategies to support reflex development in lactation for parents and infants

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