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Ruth Lucas, PhD, RNC, CLS

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2017
  • Country: USA

Ruth Lucas, PhD, RNC, CLS, is a maternal-infant health nurse researcher with a focus on infant breastfeeding behaviors. Dr. Lucas received her Bachelor of Nursing from George Mason University (1986) and spent 20 years at the bedside supporting mothers and infants initiate breastfeeding. She observed a lack of clinical knowledge regarding intervention and neurological implications for infants demonstrating dysregulated latch and sucking behaviors. To answer these questions, she attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for her Master (2009) and Doctor of Philosophy of Science (2011) degrees. Her published work describes infant feeding behaviors, including at what intraoral pressure are preterm infants are able to transfer milk, a concept paper of measures of neonatal neurobehavioral organization including infant feeding behavior, maternal recall of their children diagnosed with autism, newborn breastfeeding behaviors, and maternal self-report of different infant breastfeeding behaviors during the first month of life.

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Infant feeding behaviors as a measure of neurodevelopment
Infant feeding behavior is a complex neurodevelopment behavior. Infant feeding is compressed of infants’ latch and SuPPRT (sucking pressure pattern regulated over time) in both bottle and breastfeeding sessions. In preterm bottle feeding infants, the regulation of these two components is a measure of neurodevelopment. However, infants’ latch and SuPPRT in breastfeeding has not been explored. Dr. Lucas will review infants’ latch and SuPPRT during bottle and breastfeeding and explore how these differences make breastfeeding a more sensitive newborn neurodevelopmental measure. Finally, Dr. Lucas will propose why we should consider differences in infant latch and SuPPRT to be a neurodevelopmental infant measure.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation