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Chesney C. Willis, MHS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Neonatal 2021
  • Country: U.S.A
Biography:

Chesney Willis, MHS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC is a certified speech language pathologist and lactation consultant from the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s hospital. She earned her master of health sciences degree from the University of Missouri in 2008 and obtained her IBCLC in 2017. Chesney has over 13 years of experience working across outpatient rehabilitation, home-health, inpatient care for pediatrics and neonates in level II and III NICU settings. Clinical expertise includes evaluation and treatment of disordered swallowing and feeding in special neonate populations. Experience includes the development and dissemination of education for best feeding practices for late preterm and preterm infants to families and inter-disciplinary health care providers. She is passionate about supporting mother-baby breastfeeding dyads with special feeding considerations from hospitalization through the transition to home.

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Supportive Breastfeeding Practices for Infants With Swallowing Challenges in the NICU
In this session, learners will explore the transition from gavage to breastfeeding in the NICU from the perspective of a premature infant. Babies born prematurely or with special needs typically develop safe feeding and swallowing at a slower rate. Early coordination of the swallow may be appreciated between 32 and 34 weeks gestation, with variability depending on degree of prematurity and underlying health conditions. Early breastfeeding success depends on identifying stress cues during feeding, teaching modifications, and keeping a flexible, developmentally sensitive care plan. Participants will learn to recognize bedside clinical signs of aspiration with special discussion of cough maturation and its long-term clinical implications. Providers will be encouraged to support families from early antepartum with imminent preterm delivery, postpartum during the “golden hour” for an exclusively pumping mom, and introduction to Mother’s milk with early swallowing at bedside in the NICU. Working closely with lactation and therapy services ensures appropriate education and successful developmental expectations for the individualized NICU infant. Lastly, as families prepare for home, the importance of an inter-disciplinary team approach with appropriate discharge recommendations and community supports will be highlighted.
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