Featured Special Topic Course: Breastfeeding And Infants With Oral Restrictions

By Sue Ludwig

In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

“Straight forward and informational, great images to help in identifying. Will definitely be able to implement and demonstrate a more skilled evaluation.” – Jacquelyn Molina, MS CCC-SLP

Topic: Breastfeeding and Infants with Oral Restrictions

Speaker: Amber Valentine Forston, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT

Release Date: Available now on-demand

Course Description: Feeding is the most complex task we ask of infants, even full-term healthy infants. There are often many hurdles that mother-baby dyads encounter when learning to successfully breast and/or bottle feed. This talk will discuss the increase in diagnosis of lip and/or tongue tie, the classifications of each, as well as the implications and treatment for successful feeding.

Speaker Bio: Amber Valentine Forston, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the University of Kentucky with her MS in Communication Disorders. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Neonatal Therapist. She worked for Baptist Health Systems, Inc for 8 years before moving to Florida where she worked for Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital and Mayo Florida. She is now back in Kentucky working for Baptist Health Lexington. She has experience in adults and pediatrics with feeding and swallowing difficulties including: bedside swallow evaluations, Modified Barium Swallow studies, FEES, and pediatric feeding evaluations including NICU. She has provided guest lectures for the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville on feeding and swallowing topics. She has presented at the hospital level, local, state, national, and international levels on pediatric feeding/swallowing and breastfeeding.

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

CE Credit: 1 hour of CE Credit for OT, SLP, PT

Level: Intermediate

Fee: $57 or Free for NANT Members


  1. Define characteristics of lip and tongue ties.
  2. Identify levels of lip and tongue ties in infants.
  3. Describe difficulties associated with lip and tongue ties in breastfed infants.
  4. Compare treatment options and outcomes for lip and tongue ties.

Instructional Method: Recorded webinar with handouts. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

“Currently a hot topic in our NICU. Thank you for this wonderful presentation. I will definitely carry this knowledge back to our unit.” – Lois Holsinger OTR/L, NTMTC, CPST

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