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Neuroanatomy and Biomechanics: Breastfeeding as a First Movement Milestone

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

Knowledge of neuroanatomy, reflexes, and biomechanics as related to breastfeeding/chestfeeding is essential to IBCLC competency. This presentation will define breastfeeding/chestfeeding in terms of posture, movement, and reflexive function. Examples of neuromuscular dysfunction that impair breastfeeding will be provided. Strategies for treating neuromuscular dysfunction that impedes movement essential to breastfeeding/chestfeeding success will be reviewed along with new research on how participation in infant movement group classes facilitated maternal confidence in breastfeeding/chestfeeding. Presented by an IBCLC who is also a physical therapist, this presentation explores how breastfeeding/chestfeeding should be considered a first movement milestone fostered through interactive tummy time at the most basic and often effective level, and in need of more definition as such across the healthcare continuum. While alerting other healthcare professionals to this definition can help improve support for it, IBCLCs should be the clinical expert in its assessment and treatment as a foundation to collaboratively solving more complex movement impairments that challenge breastfeeding success.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe breastfeeding/chestfeeding as a movement milestone associated with better motor outcomes into adolescence
2.Define reflexive, active, and postural movements necessary for functional breastfeeding/chestfeeding
3.Explain neuromuscular dysfunction that can interfere with breastfeeding
4. List practical parent and caregiver activities that can improve the neuromuscular function and movement necessary for breastfeeding function

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks