The Speech Language Pathologist’s Role in Breastfeeding

Presented by Kelcy Bonham M.S., CCC-SLP and Raynor Murphy M.S., CCC-SLP

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Course Description

This course is designed to help support clinicians working with breastfed infants. It will address the SLP’s scope of practice, assessment, benefits of breastfeeding, and the counseling aspect of supporting this population and their families.
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PediatricSLPBirth to 3Feeding and Swallowing

Meet Your Presenter

Kelcy earned her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Western Kentucky University and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from East Tennessee State University. Kelcy has experience with treating articulation and phonology disorders, receptive-expressive language disorders, and apraxia of speech. She also has experience working with Down syndrome and Autism populations. She specializes in the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders and is a certified lactation counselor (CLC). Kelcy has always had a passion for helping children especially with improving their oral motor and feeding skills with a specific focus on birth-12 months.This is why she continued her education by obtaining her certification in lactation counseling in order to better serve the infant population and their mothers. Raynor graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and New York University with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. While at NYU, Raynor was honored with an award in Research Excellence. Raynor has clinical experience in the school system, skilled nursing, and pediatric outpatient treating a variety of language disorders, phonological disorders, and feeding/swallowing disorders. She has worked with an array of different diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Autism, hearing loss, and rare genetic conditions. Raynor specializes in the treatment of oral motor disorders, dysphagia, and sensory feeding disorders. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and is passionate about bridging the gap between lactation and feeding support for both mothers and infants.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe an SLP’s scope of practice in breastfeeding according to ASHA.
  2. Contrast treatment of breastfeeding dyad vs. general infant feeding.
  3. List the benefits of breastfeeding.
  4. Identify the steps of assessment of a breastfeeding infant.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - ASHA, WHO, AAP, CDC, NIH stance on breastfeeding
  • 0:10 - Benefits of breastfeeding
  • 0:20 - SLP’s role in breastfeeding
  • 0:30 - Breastfeeding assessment
  • 0:40 - Counseling the breastfeeding dyad
  • 0:45 - Prevention of further swallowing or feeding disorders
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

SLPs who work with children.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

This course will be available for CEUs until August 19th, 2027.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenters are being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • We are members of the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice as Certified Lactation Counselors.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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