Our Speaker in December is:
Cathy Watson Genna B.S., IBCLC
Catherine has been an IBCLC in private practice in NYC since 1992. She has a special interest in the anatomical, genetic and neurological influences on infant sucking skills, and writes and speaks on these topics. She is co-researcher in a study utilizing ultrasound to examine tongue movements during breastfeeding in infants with ankyloglossia and other sucking problems. Her clinical photographs have been published in both lay and scholarly venues. She is the author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011) and Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools (Hale Publishing, 2009). In addition to speaking (on four continents so far) and writing, Catherine maintains a busy private lactation consulting practice. An LLL Leader for 19 years and IBCLC for 21, she believes that clinical expertise must go hand in hand with empathy and compassion for breastfeeding dyads.
December Topics Are:
Breastfeeding Babies with Torticollis Many infants with unilateral breast refusal and asymmetrical tongue movements have a tight neck muscle from their intrauterine position. This presentation discusses torticollis and related craniofacial asymmetries and their effect on breastfeeding, as well as creative ways to position babies at the breast and support normal feeding. *Bring your dolls so we can practice positioning.
Preventing Failure to Thrive in Breastfeeding Infants.
Case studies of dyads affected by failure to thrive due to breastfeeding mismanagement or unrecognized risk factors provide the context for identifying gaps in health professional education. Recent research on how lactation works and the impact of various maternal and infant conditions is presented to allow physicians, NPs and PAs, nurses, midwives and lactation consultants to give safe consistent information to breastfeeding mothers. (Perhaps good to invite colleagues)
Is it the Tongue or the Breast?
Teasing out the etiology of Breastfeeding Problems
Breastfeeding difficulties can be rooted in maternal and/or infant pathology or management. It is often difficult to determine the cause of some problems. This presentation reviews maternal conditions associated with low milk production and infant structural issues that interfere with breastfeeding initiation as well as interventions to optimize outcomes. It will also include information on how to recognize the less obvious tongue-ties.