Treating Infant Sucking Problems with Craniosacral Therapy

Time-frame: 75-180
CERP: no

It unfortunately has become commonplace for newborns to refuse to latch or have tremendous difficulty latching-to the breast. A non-latching baby or a baby with significant sucking issues presents a unique and frustrating challenge to the lactation consultant. Several studies have shown the benefit of craniosacral therapy as a treatment approach to correct disorganized and dysfunctional sucking. In this exciting presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker details the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system, linking it to the anatomy and physiology of infant suck. She describes the multiple structural and physiological deficits of newborn sucking caused by intrauterine and intrapartum influences. She explains and demonstrates craniosacral therapy, and presents case histories of actual clients whose situations responded well to this form of therapy. Along with the benefits, Dr. Hazelbaker suggests a clinical decision-making algorithm that aids the clinician to determine if a particular infant could be helped by craniosacral therapy. This session also covers indications for treating the breastfeeding mother with CST.


The sponsor may choose to have an infant model whose parents desire a craniosacral treatment as a live demonstration of this exciting and non-invasive form of therapy. Additionally, mothers who have had epidurals, spinals and/or cesarean sections can benefit from this modality. A demonstration may include treatment of a mother or member of the audience who experienced these interventions. Dr. Hazelbaker shows ample video footage of actual craniosacral treatments that depict the change in infant sucking during or directly after the treatment.

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