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Lori Cromer, OTR/L

Andrea Herron, RN, MN, CPNP, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2023
  • Country: United States

Andrea Herron, is one of the first and longest continuous certified pediatric nurse practitioners in the United States. After more than 40 years working with breastfeeding mothers and their babies and teaching parenting classes, she is among one of the most experienced consultant in the field of lactation. Regardless of the issue or concern, Andrea has guided thousands of mothers to meet their breastfeeding and early parenting goals through support groups, lactation consultations, and childrearing education. After receiving a Master's in pediatric nursing from UCLA, Andrea became an early pioneer in the back-to-breastfeeding movement, and educated health professionals as an instructor in the UCLA lactation educator course, all over the United States. Her private lactation practice, Growing with Baby in San Luis Obispo, California, was used as the national model for private practices by Women Infant and Children (WIC), the federally funded health and nutrition program. One of her favorite and most popular topics she teaches through her Growing with Baby parenting groups is, Understanding Your Infant’s Temperament. This topic and many of the other topics she teaches are included in her newly released book, Suckle, Sleep, Thrive: Breastfeeding Success Through Understanding Your Baby’s Cues. Co-written with Lisa Rizzo.
Andrea has been married to Larry Herron, an orthopedic spine surgeon, for over 35 years. They are the proud parents of a grown son, two Labradors, and a cat. The couple reside in Shell Beach, California.

Lori has worked with high-risk infants/children and their families for 30 years. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. In 1996, she became certified in Pediatric Neuro-developmental Treatment. In 2004, she acquired an Advance Practice Certification in Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing.
After graduation, she worked at Simi Valley Hospital, Child Development Center. In this setting, Lori provided occupational therapy services to children age birth to 16 years old with a variety of diagnoses and needs. For the past 17 years she has been providing occupational therapy services to high-risk babies/children in their home and community as a consultant for Tri-counties Regional Center and through her private practice. Her focus has been on feeding difficulties and treating infant developmental delays. In addition, she sees patients privately and jointly with Andrea Herron RN, MN, CPNP, IBCLC, in the Growing With Baby Center. Recently, Lori has joined the NICU team at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center as a feeding specialist. Lori lives with her teenage son and husband in beautiful Morro Bay California.

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Addressing Abnormal Sucking Patterns Through Teamwork and Collaboration
Oral motor coordination and sensory development are two of the most meaningful and critical developmental milestones of the infant. Sucking dysfunction is complicated and may be one of the first signs of abnormal neuro-motor development or other health comorbidities. Too frequently, without a complete assessment, if there are any challenges while feeding at the breast/chest, simple fixes are recommended or bottle feeding is implemented. left untreated these challenges disrupt breastfeeding, leading to weaning. Events during fetal development and birth may be contributing factors to faulty or dysfunctional Infant feeding. It is important to be able to identify one or more of those factors and develop a feeding plan. This may include seeking the insight and intervention of another allied health professional trained in infant feeding. Andrea Herron RN, MN, CPNP, IBCLC, and Lori Cromer OTR/L, SCFES, have developed a team approach to feeding problems and have worked together for over 15 years. Together they have assessed and treated patients often identifying infants needing ongoing oral motor and developmental interventions. Through power point lecture and case studies they will describe their team approach, emphasizing historical and physical findings that indicate the need for specialized assessment and treatment. Several cases studied will be presented including interviews with the mothers.
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits: 1  |  Viewing Time: 2 Weeks
Lectures by Profession, Product Focus
Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 29.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks