Special Topic Course: Out of Focus: Using Your Neonatal Therapy Lens to Empower Breastfeeding.
Speakers: Kristin Taylor, OT, CNT
Dr. Erin Hamilton Spence, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
Topic: Out of Focus: Using Your Neonatal Therapy Lens to Empower Breastfeeding.
Course Description: The evidence base for benefits of breastmilk feeding for the NICU population continues to grow. Despite the added complexity of providing breastmilk and feeding at the breast, improved short-term and long-term outcomes fuel the drive to support NICU families desiring to do so. NICU clinicians operate in a world of objective day-to-day nutritive intake volumes based on assumptions about optimal growth. Because feeding at the breast introduces uncertain intake volumes, this route of feeding is often not supported or encouraged with complex feeders. Additionally, the functional differences between breastfeeding and bottle feeding have been under appreciated. Ultrasound imaging of feeding at the breast has elucidated the wider latch required, as well as the unique mechanics of the tongue for effective breastfeeding compared to bottle feeding. Because neonatal therapists focus on neurodevelopment, we are in a unique position to support breastfeeding families throughout their NICU stay. By combining a family-centered framework with individual assessment of the infant, neonatal therapists can provide each mother-infant dyad with appropriate expectations for breastfeeding milestones, identify progressions to the next stage, and troubleshoot breastfeeding challenges. Multidisciplinary collaboration among infants, parents, therapists, clinicians, dietitians, lactation consultants, and nursing is essential to optimal breastfeeding support.
Speaker Bio: Kristin Taylor, OTR, CNT, CLC has been an Occupational Therapist for 15 plus years at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth. She has been a Neonatal Therapist for over 12 years. During that time, she has become a Certified Neonatal Therapist, Certified Lactation Consultant, has trained in both NTMTC and CIMI, serves as a mentor to new NICU therapists, and is working with her other NICU therapists to develop a FEES program in her hospital. One of her primary passions is supporting mothers in learning to breastfeed their infants. She enjoys taking the time to understand Moms’ goals in regards to the feeding plan and helping to shape an experience that lays the foundation for positive and hopefully successful breastfeeding experiences for both the infant and mother.
Dr. Erin Hamilton Spence, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP is a neonatologist in Fort Worth, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth and Cook Children’s Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. Dr. Hamilton Spence completed a Pediatric Internship, Residency and a Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics as well as Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She has been in practice for 13 years. She is also a passionate breastfeeding advocate and volunteers as the President of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.
0-5 min: Introduction to topic
5-25 min: Literature review
25-56 min: Discuss breastfeeding intervention strategies
56-60 min: Learning assessment
Kristin Taylor, OTR, CNT, CLC
Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Nonfinancial disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Erin Hamilton Spence, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures.
Nonfinancial disclosures: Volunteer Medical Director of the Mothers’ Milk Band of Texas.
Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.
Continuing Education Information
AOTA CEUs: This course is offered for 0.1 AOTA CEUs (Intermediate level, Category 1: Domain of OT: Client Factors, Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process: Outcomes, Category 3: Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends). National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This activity has been reviewed and approved for 0.1 CEUs for occupational therapists. Approved Provider #7085. “The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.”
ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). Learners must complete the entire course in order to receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit awarded.
ASHA CE Registry users: NANT will submit your ASHA CEU credit to ASHA on your behalf. ASHA CEUs may take up to 100 days to appear on your ASHA Transcript.
Non-ASHA CE Registry users: Maintain your course records and please keep your registry status current in your NANT account. Update your NANT account with your ASHA number if your registry status changes. NANT is not responsible for tracking your registry usage.
PT CEUs: This course is approved for 1.0 contact hour from the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) for continuing education in Ohio.
NANT is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.
Nursing Contact Hours: This continuing nursing education activity was approved by The Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) Activity # 22603. Contact Hours: 1.0. Approval valid through 10/01/2021.
Questions regarding CE credit should be directed to the National Association of Neonatal Therapists at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 999-5524.