Breastfeeding is a dynamic process which requires highly synchronised orchestration of movements and functions. Under optimal circumstances, the infant is able to achieve this with little effort. This lecture will briefly present common circumstances of low global/oral muscle tone, asymmetry and oral restrictions which impact on breastfeeding effort and outcome. Infants can be successfully supported to achieve optimal breastfeeding functional outcomes by applying appropriate myofunctional strategies while they develop competence in each area of development.
1) Summarize biomechanical activities of optimal breastfeeding.
2) Identify breastfeeding challenges which are assisted by myofunctional support.
3) Describe myofunctional support strategies to assist the infant with breastfeeding challenges.