Using Supportive Techniques for Biomechanical Sucking Challenges

Time-frame: 90-120 minutes
CERP: yes

Misalignment of oral structures, poor strength and coordination due to neurological problems and other biomechanical challenges can reduce sucking effectiveness. This presentation introduces the basics of biomechanics that are applicable to breastfeeding and then details specific techniques using compensatory support (touch pressure) that can improve sucking effectiveness in infants with anatomically or neurologically based feeding difficulties.



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.