Lactation Therapy

Lactation Occupational Therapy

Our lactation informed Occupational therapist at Dymond provides a support system that offers reassurance, education, and practical techniques, reducing stress and enhancing confidence in feeding & lactation practices. Our Certified Lactation Consultants have experience helping infants & families with:

Typical breastfeeding imitation & progression

Common breastfeeding problems, such as pain when nursing, oversupply, & lack of supply

Common infant difficulties, such as latching & weight gain

Support for complex medical needs

Support for complex medical needs

Difficulties starting or progressing with weaning

Infant is irritable or lethargic with feedings.

Baby not ending feedings with feelings of satiation.
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How do I know if my child may benefit from feeding therapy?

Common concerns include:

Refusing food or liquid

Failure to accept different food textures

Coughing or gagging during meals

Difficulty chewing

Excessive drooling while feeding

Gurgling, hoarse, or breathy voice during feeding

Frequent spitting or vomiting

Recurring pneumonia or respiratory infections

Less than normal weight gain or growth

Sensory processing difficulties

Delayed developmental milestones

What is the role of an occupational therapist in lactation?

Through evidence-based practice, OTs are able to provide a holistic approach to breastfeeding through a unique perspective as developmental specialist with significant training in anatomy, physiology, and sensory processing. Through this whole-body approach, OTs can educate and empower parents while supporting infants with & without developmental disorders in the natural progression of feeding by addressing internal and external factors, such as positioning, state regulation, oral motor skills, and more.

What is the role of a speech therapist in lactation?

Speech-language pathologists are trained in the mechanisms of the swallow, oral motor development, and the management of dysphagia. SLP’s play a critical role in the management of feeding for those with complex medical needs while assisting parents in chairing their goals. SLP’s provide support to parents and infants by addressing pre-feeding skills, the physiology of the swallow, and how these factors may impact their ability to safely and adequately consume an age-appropriate diet.

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