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Grit and Grace and the Goal to Breastfeed

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  • Elisa Doherty
    Elisa Doherty

    Elisa is a licensed occupational therapist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with nineteen years of experience in infant care. She is currently employed at Missouri Baptist Medical Center of BJC Healthcare where she is recognized at the highest level for professional development. Her primary area of interest and expertise has been the development of an interdisciplinary feeding initiative at her hospital with the Infant Feeding Clinic, an outpatient therapy program to achieve long term infant feeding goals with breast and bottle. Her focus is on Late Preterm Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit follow up. Elisa has a special passion for babies, best practice, and a great understanding of the parent role development that emerges with the birth of a new infant.

Originally presented: October 28, 2022

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Elisa has no financial or nonfinancial disclosures.


The concept of infant feeding and the ease in which expectant parents predict this process to go is often a very different reality for the NICU baby. In this course, the NICU professional will gain knowledge for assessment and intervention to increase success in breastfeeding. This course will focus on infant feeding development in relation to both bottle and breastfeeding; as well as attributes of the mother’s role in her medical history, maternal anatomy, milk supply, and how that impacts the breastfeeding journey. The learner will gain improved knowledge for evaluation and intervention to provide the infant AND the mother, as a dyad, with developmentally appropriate goals, modifiers for improved bottle to breast transitioning, and latch strategies for improved milk transfer and reduced stress in an individualized feeding approach.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. List at least two criteria of infant feeding development that impact the long- term success of breastfeeding and offer predictability of goal achievement.
  2. Differentiate from maternal descriptors at least two attributes that enhance the Mother’s ability to breastfeed.
  3. Identify three challenges that predict potential barriers to success of achieving the long-term goal of breastfeeding for the NICU infant.
  4. Relate at least two interventions for specific deficits to improve infant’s latch for effective milk transfer and reduced maternal pain during breastfeeding.

Timed Agenda
  • 1:00 – 1:05 Introduction to topic
  • 1:05 – 1:15 Know the Goal – Developmental progression to a healthy, thriving baby
  • 1:15 – 1:30 Give Grace – Modifications, support and understanding of infant feeding
  • 1:30 – 1:45 Grit and Perseverance – Building habits; Latch strategies
  • 1:45 – 1:50 Summary – Checklist to successful breastfeeding
  • 1:50 – 2:00 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.

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#(pending). 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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ASHA CEUs available for the live webinar on August 24, 2022 only.