Why Johnny Can’t Suck: Perinatal Influences on Normal Term Infants’ Ability to Suck and Strategies to Prevent and Correct Sucking Problems

Time-frame: 150-180
CERP: no

Originally a day-long workshop presented by Lact-Ed, Inc. and Lact-Ed, LLC, this presentation focuses on the most dramatic presentation of breastfeeding problems: the baby who has significant sucking problems associated with US childbirth management. Dr. Hazelbaker covers all the potential pitfalls of childbirth as business and the possible negative impact this approach has on infant sucking. She covers the differential lactation diagnosis process, the decision tree for choosing level and type of intervention, and the various treatment modalities used to correct sucking problems both in and out of hospital. Dr. Hazelbaker takes the participants on a journey through the normal physiological sucking process to aid participants in their understanding of normal vs. abnormal thereby enhancing the assessment skills of the audience. She also suggests ways to “stack the deck in the baby’s favor” to prevent sucking problems from developing. This workshop touches on but does not cover assessing and treating sucking problems that are associated with structural abnormalities or neurological causes.


A clinical component can be added to this workshop by adding an extra half-or full day. Case histories, models and DVD presentation of babies with sucking issues presented in this portion can deepen and broaden the clinical skills of participants. This session is actually listed at 360 minutes.

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

Email: sohclasses@gmail.com
Site: http://www.alisonhazelbaker.com