Perinatal , Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum Influences on the Infant’s Ability to Breastfeed

Time-frame: 75-180
CERP: no

From intrauterine lie and intra-partum narcotic pain-relief to circumcision, multiple factors influence the preservation of the Suck/Swallow/Breathe developmental reflex that sets the stage for optimal breastfeeding. In this presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker examines the ways in which infant suck can be undermined from a psychological and structural perspective. She discusses both intrauterine and intra-partum cranial molding and the influence of obstructions and interventions on the normal molding process. She discusses aversive behaviors and pre-birth and birth trauma as negative influences on breastfeeding. Dr. Hazelbaker presents treatment suggestions for both the psychological and physiological components with emphasis on body-mind and transpersonal therapies.


This presentation can be tailored to focus on physiological or psychological aspects depending on the needs of the sponsor and the audience.

Alison Hazelbaker Ph.D, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST