Supporting Breastfeeding Dyads: The Speech Pathologist’s Role 

Presented by: Ramya Kumar M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT, NTMTC

February 25th, 2021

8:30 PM EST / 7:30 PM CST / 6:30 PM MST / 5:30 PM PST

After this webinar, you will be able to…

  • List three breastfeeding recommendations provided by the World Health Organization
  • Describe three strategies that can support breastfeeding in infants with aspiration risk
  • List three maternal factors that can impact breastfeeding success
  • Identify three way that breastfeeding can be supported through bottle selection



  • 8:30 PM -8:40 PM: Introduction
  • 8:40 PM- 8:50 PM: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) breastfeeding recommendations, factors impacting breastfeeding outcomes
  • 8:50 PM – 9:20 PM: Anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, stages of milk production and maintenance
  • 9:20 PM – 9:40 PM: Factors impacting latch and milk extraction, and treatment considerations for this
  • 9:40 PM – 9:55 PM: Bottle feeding strategies that support breastfeeding
  • 9:55 PM – 10:10 PM: Considerations when conducting instrumental evaluations for breastfeeding infants
  • 10:10 PM – 10:15 PM: Pathways to gain more lactation specific education
  • 10:15 PM – 10:30 PM: Q&A

Speaker Information

Ramya Kumar is a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in infant and pediatric feeding difficulties. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient rehab and acute care settings. She currently works in a Level III NICU and a local pediatrician's office in Arizona. Ramya is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), a Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has also received the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist designation by the National Association for Neonatal Nurses and is certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage.

Ramya has presented at the local, state and national level on topics related to pediatric feeding disorders and neurodevelopmental care practices.

Ramya’s patient care philosophy is deeply rooted in the belief that every patient – no matter how small – has a voice; and that families should be empowered to be active participants in their care plan.


Ramya Kumar will receive an honorarium for this webinar from the Medical SLP Collective.  Ramya receives a salary from Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and Agave Pediatrics.  She also receives a consulting and speaking fee from Feed the Peds.
Ramya Kumar serves as a board member for Neonatal Therapy Certification Board.  She serves as a chair of the communications committee for International Association for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing and the PR Committee for American Board for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Additional Info and FAQ:

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?  

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you. Once completed, we will email you a certificate of completion within 48 hours.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation, we can report your completion to ASHA. ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the ASHA CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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