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Feeding Difficulties: A Look at High Risk Populations

by Amber Valentine, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT by Lillian Scott, MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, CLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation

Feeding is the most complex task of infancy, even in term babies with no complications. There are many diagnoses, conditions, syndromes, and co-morbidities that can impact feeding in neonates and infants. This talk will briefly highlight many of those, but we will focus on three specific populations of interest –Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Infants of Diabetic Mothers, and Downs Syndrome. We will discuss the specific implications these conditions can have on feeding, why these infants may have difficulty, and the classic symptoms one could expect to see. The differences between delayed and disordered feeding will also be addressed. Strategies and adaptions for breast feeding will be discussed. Positioning and external strategies will be explained. Case studies will be shared at the end of the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: The participant will identify at least three populations at risk for feeding difficulty;

Objective 2: The participant will be able to explain at least two commonly seen characteristics in each of these populations that may adversely impact feeding;

Objective 3: The participant will be able to list at least two strategies for each of the populations to enhance feeding success at the breast.

Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 26  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks