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Shifting the Baby’s Paradigm 2013; A Different and New Approach to Breast Refusal and Inability to Latch

by Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, NBCI
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation Conference 2013

This talk differentiates between the baby who cannot latch and the baby who refuses to latch. Through an informal chart review done at our clinic we examined the various approaches we have to these two different kinds of non-latchers and our success with latching them. I present here a rationale for why these babies might either not be able to latch or why they might refuse, and my approaches to getting them latched. On the surface these approaches may seem fairly typical; however there are nuances and subtleties that set them apart from others I am aware of. These differences involve understanding any “pavlovian-type” responses that have formed, knowing how and when to push the “refresh” button or knowing when to resort to “resetting”. In the past 2 years I have made many new observations and revisions to my approach, which was developed over the last 10 years.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Identify risk factors that lead to a baby not being able to take the breast
Objective 2: Identify various approaches to latching the baby who refuses to take the breast
Objective 3:Identify approaches to latching the baby who cannot take the breast