Presentation Information

Julie Matheney

Overcoming Challenges to Feeding: Supporting Parents with Physical, Mental or Socioemotional Differences - Part 1

  • Speaker: Julie Matheney , MS, CCC-SLP/IBCLC
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 90 Mins
  • Credits: 1.5 CERP, 1.5 Nursing CEU, 1.5 CME, 0.15 Midwifery CEU, 1.5 Dietetic CEU

For years we have learned how to support breastfeeding for the infant with differences and disabilities. There is a lack of education and support however for mothers/lactating parents who face these same challenges. Studies show parents with differences and disabilities are less likely to receive adequate prenatal care and breastfeeding assistance compared to those without disabilities. How do we support lactation for parents who have physical, mental, and emotional/social differences? Each type of difference or disability also has specific needs for adaptations, to the environment and to the tools we would use to facilitate position, latch, and lactation success. This session helps participants use critical thinking to ask the right questions, make adjustments to the environment, and create functional plans specific to the individual needs of the parent. The three domains we will be discussing are physical challenges, social/emotional challenges, and the neurodiverse.