WEBINAR - Disparities in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Lactation

Disparities in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Lactation

This presentation will describe the history of infant feeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and how culture is changing. We will learn how speech-language pathologist (SLP) have been pioneering safe and efficient swallow practices in the NICU while needing the support and knowledge of lactation consultants to help guide milk production and breastfeeding/chestfeeding. We will explore current breastfeeding/chestfeeding disparities and how this gap may be closed with the teamwork of lactation consultants and SLPs.

Credit: 1.25 L CERPs and 1.25 Contact Hours

Source: ILCA Webinar 24 May 2019 

Presented by: Lillian Scott, M.S., CCC-SLP, IBCLC

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the speech-language pathologist in feeding and swallowing.
  • List 3 ways NICU culture is shifting to support breast/chestfeeding.
  • Describe bottle feeding techniques that support infant feeding and breastfeeding/chestfeeding.

Learning Level: Intermediate

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.

Lillian Scott


Lillian Scott, M.S., CCC-SLP, IBCLC is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) with five years experience with adults and pediatrics in the area of swallowing and dysphagia. While completing her master’s degree at Gallaudet University she discovered a passion for swallowing and dysphagia in the pediatric population. Curiosity regarding infant feeding practices in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), bias towards breastfeeding, and wonderful mentors led her to pursue knowledge and skills in lactation. She enjoys working with families in the inpatient and outpatient setting, and completing modified barium swallow studies (MBS) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examinations of Swallowing (FEES). She views success as when families meet their infant feeding goals. Lillian strives to foster collaboration between the fields of SLP and IBCLCs through professional education, and interdisciplinary discussions. She is employed by UNC Health Care and serves on the board for the Appalachian Breastfeeding Network.


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1.25 L CERPs credits  |  Certificate available
1.25 L CERPs credits  |  Certificate available