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How B.E.S.T. (Basic Evaluation of Structural Tension) Relates to Breast©

by Judy Terwilliger, RN, CMT, FBT
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

This lecture/course is intended to familiarize the medical and allied health community in the recognition of the often-overlooked muscle-related structural barriers to breastfeeding. It provides a discussion of clues to the predisposing factors of these barriers and explores their affect on infant "functional mobility" as it relates to the achievement of successful breastfeeding. It is intended to improve the clinician’s assessment skills as they work with the mother/infant dyad in resolving breastfeeding difficulties/dysfunctions by development of insight into these often hidden and profoundly destructive structural manifestations. Recognition of these barriers with an emphasis on self-help techniques and when/who to refer parents/caregivers to for help, together with how to best meet their teaching/training needs across cultural barriers, is discussed. The ultimate purpose is the achievement of insight to improve the clinician’s evaluation process, better enabling them to promote, enhance and even save the breastfeeding experience of the families served.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Identify the correlation between higher than normal muscle tension (tonus) and the often structurally related breastfeeding challenges in the mother/infant dyad
Objective 2: Identify at least three predisposing factors in a “normal” pregnancy/delivery that can be identified as hidden barriers to functional mobility, enabling them to develop a plan of care that is more successful
Objective 3: Assess for structural manifestations (how they present), enabling parents in the instruction of self-help techniques to assist in resolves of these noted breastfeeding barriers
Objective 4: Identify when and where to make referral to professional resources to assist in the resolve of related breastfeeding barriers, utilizing a more comprehensive approach in breastfeeding support through integration of community resources

Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks