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Breastfeeding Babies with Cardiorespiratory Issues

Presenter: Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

Date: 3 April 2018

Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT USA  (Click HERE to see your local time)

Credits: 1.5 L-CERPs


Learning Level: Intermediate


Breastfeeding is aerobic exercise. Infants with cardiorespiratory challenges have lowered aerobic capacity that impacts their feeding abilities. This presentation explores common infant cardiorespiratory problems, and strategies to improve breastfeeding safety and effectiveness.


About the Presenter: 

Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is in private practice in New York City since 1992. She is particularly interested in dyads with medical challenges to breastfeeding. In addition to mentoring lactation interns, she uses her clinical photos and videos in presentations to healthcare professionals on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Catherine participates in a research collaborative with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering, investigating biomechanics of the lactating nipple and aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Hale 2009, Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2008, 2013, 2017), professional journal articles, and chapters in the Core Curriculum 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.

Learner Objectives: 

    • List 3 signs of increased respiratory effort in infants
    • Detail the risk of aspiration in infants with tachypnea
    • Design a care plan for breastfeeding an infant with laryngomalacia


ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).


ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.


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