Helping Infants Suck Correctly

Time-frame: 120 minutes
CERP: yes

This advanced practice presentation is intended for an audience of IBCLCs. Most infants suck correctly given normal anatomy, an optimal latch and normal milk flow. This presentation focuses on some strategies to assist infants who do not. It builds on the information given in Anatomical Contributions to Infant Sucking Skills. The function of each oral and pharyngeal structure in sucking is reviewed, potential issues with each structure are discussed, and strategies to help improve sucking function are presented. Clinical photographs and video illustrate the techniques taught.



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

Breastfeeding Infants with Congenital Torticollis

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