Oral Assessment 101: Physical Considerations for Breastfeeding Success @ Santa Ana, CA
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


  • Describe the features of infant oral anatomy
  • Describe the function of anatomical features
  • Name known newborn feeding related reflexes and how to assess them
  • Understand the mechanics of sucking and swallowing
  • Describe the physiological latching sequence
  • Understand the positioning changes of oral structures required for latching
  • Recognize different types of oral restrictions
  • Name two assessment tools for tongue tie
  • Review the current scientific evidence related to tongue ties
  • List the steps to performing an oral assessment on an infant

Session description

We will discuss the anatomical and functional features to look for when performing an infant assessment of orofacial function related to breastfeeding. Newborn reflexes and oral anatomy must come together to make feeding possible. Variations in oral anatomy and/or infant feeding behavior may contribute to compromised development of orofacial structures, and can affect overall health and function through the lifetime. This is a foundation level training, appropriate for lactation educators, IBCLC candidates, new IBCLCs, registered nurses, physicians, social workers and other professionals working with breastfeeding infants.

Continuing Education Credits (offered at no additional charge)

RN: Provided by BreastfeedLA, an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 3 contact hour of continuing education. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

IBCLC: Provided by OC Lactation Consultant. OC Lactation Consultant is an approved Short Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #C188113. 3 L-CERP will be awarded.

RD: Maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate for CPEs for Professional Development Portfolio