CONF 2019 Tongue or the Breast? Teasing Out the Etiology of Breastfeeding Problems

Recorded On: 07/25/2019

Tongue or the Breast? Teasing Out the Etiology of Breastfeeding Problems

In this session, Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC presents on how breastfeeding difficulties can be rooted in maternal and/or infant pathology or management. This presentation reviews maternal conditions and suboptimal early breastfeeding management associated with low milk production and infant structural issues that interfere with breastfeeding initiation.

Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

Source: ILCA Conference July, 2019 - Atlanta, Georgia, US

Presented by: Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

List four maternal issues that might negatively impact breastfeeding initiation.

Describe three conditions that impact infant tongue mobility, strength or respiratory reserve.

Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval Number ILCA-P0286. Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Catherine Watson Genna


Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years. She is still a La Leche League Leader.


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1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available