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Breastfeeding Essentials for Infants with Orofacial Clefting

Speakers (Click for bio)

  • Raquel Garcia
    Raquel Garcia

    Raquel Garcia is a trained craniofacial and feeding specialist who has worked in infant critical care units and craniofacial teams for over 12 years. She has lectured at the national and state level on cleft palate and pediatric feeding disorders.

  • Kristen Deluca
    Kristen Deluca

    Kristen Deluca is the lead speech-language pathologist on the Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital cleft and craniofacial center. She has been working in the field of cleft and craniofacial disorders for over 15 years, where she has specialized in maximizing developmental outcomes in children with cleft and craniofacial differences. She has lectured at the international, national, and state level on resonance disorders, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and cleft and craniofacial differences. Her clinical interests include assessment and treatment of velopharyngeal dysfunction, compensatory misarticulation, breastfeeding dyad, and apraxia of speech.

Originally presented: July 27, 2023

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Raquel Garcia:
Financial – Salary as an Assistant Professor Nova Southeastern University, Hourly
PRN SLP, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Honorarium from Dr. Brown’s Medical.

Nonfinancial Disclosures – FLASHA Executive Board Member, Hispanic Caucus, SIG 13 Coordinating Committee, Feeding Matters Committee, NANT Peer Reviewer, Dysphagia Research Society Social Media Committee

Kristen Deluca:
No Financial or Nonfinancial Disclosures


In recognition of Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month, this one-hour webinar will provide attendees an overview on orofacial clefts and the importance of prenatal counseling for families to optimize postnatal feeding success for these infants. The role of breastfeeding will be discussed and how it relates to infants with orofacial clefts. Strategies to support mother and baby for optimal feeding and growth in the presence of cleft palate +/- cleft lip will be reviewed and demonstrated through video and case examples. The information provided is intended to increase the confidence of medical professionals in assisting families and infants with this common congenital anomaly.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Examine the role of prenatal counseling for expectant families of neonates with orofacial clefts
  2. Determine at least one barrier for breastfeeding infants with cleft palate +/-cleft lip
  3. Propose at least two strategies to support breastfeeding mothers of infants with cleft palate +/- cleft lip

Timed Agenda
  • 1:00 – 1:05 Introductions
  • 1:05 – 1:15 Discuss embryologic and fetal periods of development of orofacial clefts and known etiologies
  • 1:15 – 1:30 Discuss the role of prenatal counseling and topics to be included in counseling.
  • 1:30 – 1:55 Discuss feeding support from birth to home transition, including prognosis and strategies for support. Will include 1-2 video case studies.
  • 1:55 – 2:00 Summary and Question/Answer session

Instruction Method

Live webinar includes lecture, PowerPoint slides, handouts, question and answer session, learning assessment and course evaluation. On-demand webinar includes lecture, PowerPoint slides, handouts, recorded question and answer session, learning assessment and course evaluation.

Course Completion Requirements

The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation, and complete the post-webinar learning assessment to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.

Learners must complete the entire course to receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit awarded. ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

ASHA CEUs available for the live webinar on July 27, 2023 only.

Nursing: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16677 for 1 Contact Hour. Participant required to attend 80% of the activity to receive CE.

Dr. Brown’s Medical is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# (7378). This webinar is offered at 0.1 CEUs, educational level, Intermediate. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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