Breastfeeding Knowledge and Clinical Management among Speech-Language Pathologists Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Blake, Adara Nicole
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • As healthcare professionals with training in dysphagia, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are potentially valuable team members in the management of breastfeeding issues. This survey aimed to describe the clinical breastfeeding knowledge, skills, and experiences of SLPs who provide pediatric swallowing and/or feeding services. Knowledge of breastfeeding information was variable among participants. The majority indicated that they frequently encounter breastfeeding issues in their practice, but many felt that they did not have adequate knowledge and skills to address these issues. SLPs expressed interest in increasing their breastfeeding competence, but indicated a lack of resources for education including limited professional development opportunities offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Responses indicate a need and desire for professional development in breastfeeding management among SLPs. Recognition of the importance of breastfeeding competence from ASHA would establish a precedent for the availability of pre-service and continuing education.
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  • McComish, Cara
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2014

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