Promoting Normal Feeding in Cleft-Affected Infants

Time-frame: 75-90 minutes
CERP: yes

Infants with orofacial clefts are challenging to feed. Babies with cleft palate may be unable to create negative pressure to remove milk from the breast. In-utero motor patterning of tongue movements and swallowing is often altered. Lactation consultants can help mothers protect milk production and assist the infant in being as active a participant in feeding as possible. Some families may choose special bottles, others may use modified supplementers to feed their infant at breast to promote normal breastfeeding after repair. This presentation reviews strategies and tools to promote normal tongue and swallowing function in infants with clefts.



Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC


Phone number: 718-846-2323
Email: cwgenna@gmail.com
Site: http://www.cwgenna.com

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

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