Event Details

Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc., &

The Southern Tier Breastfeeding Coalition and are proud to present…

Unlocking the

Mystery of Tongue Tie:

A Day with Dr. Alison Hazelbaker

Conference Agenda April 26, 2018

Registration- 7:15a - 7:45a

Welcome- 7:45a - 8:00a

8:00a - 10:00a

Assessing and Treating Infant Sucking Problems

In this presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker examines the different types of sucking problems and their various causes. She presents a conceptual framework for assessing and working with these problems that includes a detailed assessment protocol; guidelines for making a differential lactation diagnosis; and a decision tree for determining the clinical intervention pathway to meet the specific needs of the breastfeeding dyad. She covers some strategies for treatment that are easy to learn and apply upon leaving the presentation.

Break- 10:00a - 10:15a

10:15a - 12:00p

Failure to Launch: Working with the Baby who has Difficulty Latching, Latches but Won’t Suck or Who Won’t Latch at All.

Guiding principles of treatment follow profiles of dysfunctionally sucking babies in this presentation. Dr. Hazelbaker presents and discusses the various treatment approaches to address this specific form of infant sucking dysfunction including ways to maintain the milk supply and support the mother while the suck problem is being addressed. She further examines selection criteria for these various treatment approaches while framing the breastfeeding goals for babies who have anomalies like tongue-tie, clefts and syndromes. At the end of this presentation, the participant will be better able to assist the breastfeeding mother whose baby cannot or will not latch for whatever reason.

Lunch(see menu below)- 12:00p - 1:00p

1:00p - 2:30p


For decades, assessing and treating tongue-tie has been a controversial subject. Although lactation consultants have a keen appreciation for the need to treat this relatively uncommon structural abnormality, other health care providers do not share their level of concern. Parents often get caught or trapped between the recommendations of their LC and their primary health care provider. Added to this is the tendency to ignore the evidence and over-diagnose based on opinion-based information found on social media sites. In this presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker presents the most up-to-date research on definition, assessment, treatment, and treatment outcome. She examines the on-going controversy and provides research based guidelines for the clinical decision-making process. She covers the faux tie concept and the lack of evidence for maxillary lip “tie.” She also suggests ideas for cultivating a supportive team approach in communities where the practitioners remain ignorant of the pertinent research.

Break- 2:30p - 2:45p

2:45p - 3:45p

Two Ears and One Mouth: Effective Communication Skills for Breastfeeding Counselors and Lactation Consultants

The therapeutic relationship between the breastfeeding mother and her helper depends upon the establishment of a positive rapport through the use of effective communication strategies. Application of these skills in clinical practice enhances the relationship between the helper and her client. These same skills can be used to establish trust and rapport in professional relationships increasing the ability for lactation consultants to make positive change in their work environments.

This presentation focuses on the set of skills necessary to get mothers talking and keep them talking about the joys and challenges they face in their breastfeeding relationship. From active listening to negotiation and conflict resolution, this session will provide information on the conceptual basis underlying good communication and teaches the proper way to establish rapport and trust in therapeutic relationships using various proven communication strategies.

3:45p - 4:05p

Q and A

4:05p - 4:30p

Giveaways and Evaluations

Morning Break

sliced fresh fruits, yogurt and granola parfaits, cereal bars, juices, coffee,

decaffeinated coffee, and hot tea

Hot Lunch Buffett

Soup Du Jour

Spring greens with shredded Romano and toasted sesame-lemon dressing


Penne pasta, smoked tomatoes, spinach, roasted garlic, feta cheese

Grilled flank steak, sautéed mushrooms, tamarind glaze

Chicken Milanese

Served with chefs choice vegetable and starch, freshly baked rolls/butter, coffee, decaffeinated coffee, hot tea

Afternoon Break

Assorted cookies


decaffeinated coffee, and hot tea

  • When: Thu Apr. 26
    7:15 am - 4:30 pm

  • Address: 225 Water Street
    Binghamton NY,US 13901

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