In this episode, Hallie talks with Sipporah Tracer, MS OTR/L, IBCLC about TOTs from the perspective of an Occupational Therapist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). They discuss Sipporah’s journey into the OT/IBCLC space and how the fusion of these two professions allows Sipporah to provide a comprehensive model of care for her patients. Highlighted in this episode is how to best support a mother-infant dyad based on mom’s feeding goals, including suggestions on how moms/caregivers can best advocate for themselves and their infants.
I enjoyed this episode very much! Im a bit confused though about the criticism regarding suck training, can you please clarify? ( from my personal experience as recommended by an ibclc it improved my breastfeeding tremendously; and from my professional experience with medically complex babies in feeding therapy)
Hi Dorit, I would have to go back to the episode and listen to fully grasp the comment you are referencing. I DO use suck training in my therapeutic interventions with infants; however, suck training alone is not generally a sufficient treatment for these infants. I am not sure if that was the point being made but often times we see it as the sole intra-oral support when more is required for oral development and successful feeds.