Educational Workshop Series for Expectant Parents and Professionals

Why Can’t Our Babies Breastfeed? – Perinatal, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum Influences on the Infant’s Ability to Breastfeed

August 14, 10:00 a.m – Fee: $40.00 25 max – 120 minutes

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From intrauterine lie and intra-partum narcotic pain-relief to circumcision, multiple factors influence the preservation of the Suck/Swallow/Breathe developmental reflex that sets the stage for optimal breastfeeding. In this presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker examines the ways in which infant suck can be undermined from a psychological and structural perspective. She discusses both intrauterine and intra-partum cranial molding and the influence of obstructions and interventions on the normal molding process. She discusses aversive behaviors and pre-birth and birth trauma as negative influences on breastfeeding. Dr. Hazelbaker presents treatment suggestions for both the psychological and physiological components with emphasis on body-mind and transpersonal therapies.

Full Moon Birth and Family Wellness Center  – 701 Mission Street – Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Dr.-HazelbakerDr. Hazelbaker has been a therapist for nearly 30 years. She specializes in crossdisciplinary treatment and to that end has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, a Rhythmic Movement Training educator, a certified NOMAS assessor and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In 2010, she became a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA).