June 17, 2022 - 9:00 am

WEBINAR – Dysphagia Support for the Breastfeeding Dyad

*This is a CLOSED training for THERAPY 2000 / GAT employees only

Audience: ST/OT Feeding Therapists

CEU Hours: 3 Hours to be approved by TSHA and TOTA

Time: 9:00am-12:15pm

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Location: Webinar

Facilitators: Lisa Sperry MS, CCC-SLP (CLC Candidate) & Melanie Van Noy MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT


We know as feeding therapists, the most impactful thing a caregiver can do is to feed, nurture, and grow their children. This is a foundation for bonding and relationship building. When that relationship goes awry due to feeding issues or difficulties, it can become overwhelming, if not even traumatic. Supporting the infant from the very beginning at the breast is important for building this caregiver/baby relationship.

In this course, participants will learn to critically evaluate different factors affecting feeding including the normal anatomy and physiology of the milk making process, barriers of milk production, co-morbidities involving feeding including pre-term birth, and gastrointestinal difficulties/anomalies. Participants will be provided with information for the collection of objective data to evaluate the breastfeeding dyad and provide guidance or reassurance for the families they serve. The presentation will also cover strategies to implement with the breastfeeding dyad when the child presents with feeding difficulties.


  1. Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the human milk making process.
  2. Describe the troubleshooting process of common problems a breastfeeding dyad may encounter.
  3. List the positions and supportive measures a breastfeeding dyad may attempt and rationale for utilization.
  4. Develop a plan of action and provide guidance for a breastfeeding dyad after having collected and evaluated the objective data.

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