Featured CE Course for National Breastfeeding Month

By Sue Ludwig

“The speaker was very knowledgeable and presented information that is rarely talked about when comparing bottle and breastfeeding. Very interesting!” – Allison Freccero, OTR/L, BCP, SWC, CNT, NTMTC

In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, this month’s featured course is Understanding Infant Feeding: Differences Between Sucking and Swallowing at Breast vs. Bottle presented by Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC.

This is a last chance offer, as the course will be retired 9/30/22.

Course Description: Infant anatomy and physiology are adapted for breastfeeding. The mechanics and physiological cost of feeding differ by method, with particular implications for preterm and ill infants. This presentation reviews differences in muscle activation, tongue kinematics, intraoral vacuum requirements, flow characteristics, energy expenditure, and coordination of swallowing and breathing during breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Methods to adapt breastfeeding and bottle feeding for special populations are addressed.

Speaker Bio: Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping families breastfeed despite medical challenges. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years and continues on the Editorial Review Board. Catherine gives back to the profession as a clinical mentor La Leche League Leader.

Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD and Neonatal professionals

Level: Intermediate

CE Credit: OT, SLP, PT, RN – 1 hour

Fee: $57 or Free for NANT Members


  1. Detail the ways infant anatomy and respiratory physiology are adapted for breastfeeding and the alterations required for bottle feeding.
  2. Describe 4 ways to modify breastfeeding to meet the needs of NICU patients.
  3. List considerations when modifying bottle feeding to support breastfeeding behaviors.

Instructional Method: Recorded webinar with electronic slides, clinical photos and videos and participation exercises. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

“Couldn’t take notes fast enough. The presentation was full of information! Thank you.” – Lois Holsinger OTR/L, NTMTC, CPST

Click here to learn more and/or take the course now.

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