Upcoming Meeting

Our June speaker is:

Cathy Watson-Genna, BS IBCLC

In addition to speaking (on 4 continents so far) conducting research and writing, Cathy maintains a busy private lactation consulting practice. An LLL Leader for 26 years and IBCLC for 25, she believes that clinical expertise must go hand in hand with empathy and compassion for breastfeeding dyads. Her teaching grew out of a strong desire to understand the science underlying breastfeeding and lactation in an effort to find solutions to her clients’ difficulties. She has a special interest in the anatomical, genetic and neurological influences on infant sucking skills, and writes and speaks on these topics. Her research includes using ultrasound and cervical auscultation to study sucking and suck : swallow coordination in infants with ankyloglossia as well as biomechanical aspects of breastfeeding. She is an avid clinical photographer and the author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2016, 2013 and 2008) and Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools (Hale Publishing, 2009).

Our June Topics will be: 

Synthesizing Sucking Research

Do babies use suction or expression during breastfeeding? This presentation shares the various imaging studies on sucking in breastfeeding infants to build a coherent picture of how the tongue and oral structures work in normal sucking.

Tongue-tie Update

Many practitioners are concerned that tongue-tie is being over-diagnosed and overtreated. This talk discusses what we know and don’t know about lingual and labial frenula, and how to distinguish between a consistent clinical picture that requires referral for further evaluation and the more ambiguous constellation of symptoms that might point to other reasons for an infant’s sucking difficulties

Assessing the Breastfeeding Dyad

This interactive workshop illustrates global assessment of breastfeeding mothers and infants as well as specific clinical breastfeeding evaluation. Case examples from clinical photos and videos are used for group practice in applying the strategies taught. Attendees are encouraged to develop a systematic assessment to expose potential breastfeeding strengths and problems.

5 L-CERPS will be awarded for the conference.