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Alison K. Hazelbaker

Cranial Nerves: A Critical Component of the Process of Breastfeeding

  • Speaker: Alison K. Hazelbaker , PhD, IBCLC, RLC, LMT, CST, RCST, PPNE
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

This presentation covers the role of the cranial nerves in coordinating suck-swallow-breathe, a critical component of the process of breastfeeding. In this presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker identifies the main nuclei of these cranial nerves, how the oral and oro-pharyngeal areas are innervated, and presents the pathways and functions of each relevant cranial nerve with special emphasis on the trigeminal and vagal nerves and their nuclei, describing how each impacts the actions needed for effective breastfeeding.