Disorganized sucking and fussiness in a subset of rapidly growing tongue-tied infants

Time-frame: 60-75 minutes
CERP: yes

Not all tongue-tied infants fail to thrive. A sub-set of infants with ankyloglossia gain rapidly and are fussy during or after feeding. Some display colicky behavior and begin refusing to feed by 12-16 weeks of age. Cervical auscultation revealed disorganized sucking in a series of these infants which improved or resolved within days of frenotomy. This presentation explores the research basis for using cervical auscultation to study suck:swallow rhythms and presents the results of this case series.



Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC


Phone number: 718-846-2323
Email: cwgenna@gmail.com
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Publications

Supporting Sucking Skills In Breastfeeding Infants">Supporting Sucking Skills in BF Infants 3rd edition

Third edition! Updated research based information on infant sucking and new strategies to assist infants with breastfeeding difficulties.

Physiologic Breastfeeding Initiation

Physiologic Breastfeeding: A Contemporary Approach to Breastfeeding Initiation
  1. Robyn Schafer CNM, MSN, RN, EdM, IBCLC,* and
  2. Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC            DOI: 10.1111/jmwh.12319
Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

Volume 60, Issue 5, pages 546–553, September/October 2015

Breastfeeding Infants with Congenital Torticollis

Infants with torticollis can be difficult to feed. This article describes positioning and supportive strategies  for affected infants.