The Lactation OT Virtual Summit
June 21-25, 2021
Registration closed for free tickets!
We've found leaders across multiple disciplines that specialize in supporting breastfeeding families with the intent to promote and prolong the breastfeeding relationship. We know you'll enjoy each interview as much as we did 💛
Starting June 21st, the first half of two interviews will be available. These two interviews are only available for 24 hours. Each day, two new interviews will become available.
Over 4 hours of additional video!
Enjoy ONE YEAR access to FULL LENGTH interviews (over 8 hours total!)
Lite Form Bundle (Consent for Treatment, Singleton Intake, Singleton Initial Evaluation)
One month of LATCH Files
Monday, June 21st
Big Picture: Feeding Therapy and Oral Motor in the Breastfed Infant
with Kary Rappaport & Kimberly Grenawitzke
OTR/L, IBCLC, Owners of Feeders and Growers
Kimberly Grenawitzke and Kary Rappaport make up the feeding therapy team of Feeders and Growers. Kary and Kim are pediatric occupational therapists with 25 years of combined experience working with medically complex infants, children, and families who have eating and feeding difficulties. Both Kim and Kary’s specialties include breastfeeding, infants with cardiac defects, picky eating, Baby Led Feeding, and Modified Barium Swallow Studies (pretty much full spectrum pediatric feeding and swallowing!) Kary and Kim are passionate about making mealtime a practical, joyful, nurturing experience where families can bond and kids can learn!
Breastfeeding Infants with Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities
with Dr. Trillitye Paullin, PhD
Cellular & Molecular Biologist, Founder & CEO of Free to Feed
Dr. Trill is a Molecular Biologist and mother to two beautiful daughters who had severe infant food sensitivities and reactions to proteins transferred from from her diet to her breast milk. After processing the painful fact that she could inadvertently hurt her children through breastfeeding, she started researching how to produce breast milk they could properly digest. Dr. Trill discovered that many parents experience the same troubling situation. She wanted to create a place for parents to find answers to their questions about infant food sensitivities and empower them to continue their breastfeeding journey. This is how Free to Feed was born. Their team has started this mission by first creating an at-home test strip that will allow mothers to analyze their breast milk for allergens.
Tuesday, June 22nd
Holistic Sleep Support: Empowering Families on their Journey with Taylor Kulik
Sleep & Well-Being Specialist, OTR/L
Taylor is an occupational therapist and Sleep & Well-being Specialist who supports families holistically with their child's sleep without the use of separation-based sleep training techniques. She provides biologically-informed education about infant and toddler sleep patterns, and helps families to respectfully and responsively shift patterns that no longer work for them.
Treating Failure to Thrive in the Breastfed Infant with Jeanne Pichoff
LOTR, IBCLC, Owner of Flourish Pediatric Therapy and Lactation
Jeanne is an OT/IBCLC who runs a solo private practice (Flourish Pediatric Therapy and Lactation) in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has 17 years of experience as a pediatric OT in a variety of settings, from the NICU, early intervention, and outpatient pediatrics. After multiple experiences with breastfeeding clients along with a personal struggle to breastfeed her own son, Jeanne decided to pursue lactation credentials to be able to provide more comprehensive services to breastfeeding families. She became a CLC in 2018 and an IBCLC in 2020. Her private practice is largely devoted to infants with feeding difficulties, and she also serves children birth to three years of age with developmental concerns and feeding challenges. Jeanne is a voracious consumer of continuing education, and also teaches several courses for the Lactation OT platform for therapists interested in blending OT with lactation skill. She also serves as a board member for her local breastfeeding coalition.
Wednesday, June 23rd
Breastfeeding & Down Syndrome with Jill Rabin
M.S. CCC-SLP/L IBCLC
Jill Rabin is a pediatric Speech Pathologist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant based in the north suburbs of Chicago where she has a private practice working with young babies and their families with feeding and speech/language issues. Her areas of specialty include facilitating breastfeeding in at-risk populations such as preterm infants and babies with Down syndrome, using the modified baby-led weaning approach to transition babies with special needs to solids and using child-directed and responsive feeding approaches to improve feeding skills in infants and babies with feeding aversion. She contributed two chapters to the book Breastfeeding and Down syndrome, has written three posts about breastfeeding and Down syndrome on the Julia’s Way website and wrote an essay in the tenth anniversary edition of Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett’s Baby-Led Weaning book. She has been featured twice as a guest on the Untethered Podcast, episodes 31 and 82. Jill lectures nationally and internationally on facilitating breastfeeding in babies with special needs and the use of modified baby-led weaning with babies with feeding challenges.
Collaboration, Case Management & the Sensory System with Christine Nguyen
OTD, OTR/L, Owner of One Child Specialized Occupational Therapy
Dr. Christine Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L is a board-certified occupational therapist. She received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2010. Dr. Nguyen currently works in private practice in Arcadia, CA, where she serves as the Director and Founder of One Child Specialized Occupational Therapy, with a satellite location in Calabasas, CA. She specializes in infant development that may include diagnoses such as tongue/lip-tie, feeding difficulty, failure to thrive, torticollis, plagiocephaly, and any related developmental concerns. Dr. Nguyen is dedicated to teaching and doing in-services for schools, private practices, Mommy and Me groups, and various specialty forums relating to infant development. Dr. Nguyen’s approach is transdisciplinary; she takes pride in her thorough evaluations, communication with team members, and collaboration with her families. She recently opened a dance and fitness studio primarily for mothers as her campaign for “beyond the baby” and supporting mothers’ mental health and well-being in a supportive, safe, and fun environment.
Thursday, June 24th
IBCLC Pathways and Subspecialties with Laura Moritz
RN, BSN, CLC, IBCLC, Owner Latch + Attach
Laura is a registered nurse (RN) and international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) who owns and operates Latch + Attach, a private practice based in Long Island, NY. Her practice highlights comprehensive care by offering prenatal classes, weekly lactation support groups, as well as individualized consultation for families. For the past 5 years, Laura has also volunteered her time as one of two admins for one of the largest virtual tongue tie support groups that connects parents to resources, peer support, and professional support.
Osteopathy and The Breastfed Infant with Dr. Beth Blum, DO
Physician board certified in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
Beth Blum, DO is a fully licensed physician and board certified specialist in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a three year residency in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she performed over 2,000 osteopathic treatments, including treatment of nearly 200 newborns. She is a member of the Cranial Academy and has over 200 hours of training in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Before medical school, she trained as a homebirth doula, worked with autistic and neurodiverse young people, and organized for transformative justice and community-based responses to sexual violence. These experiences, combined with her deep dissatisfaction with the profit- and pharmaceutical-driven medical system, inspired her to go into medicine and build a practice founded on the principles of accessibility and patient self-determination.
Friday, June 25th
Therapeutic Ultrasound as a Treatment for Plugged Milk Ducts with Rachel Parrotta
DPT, Owner Parrotta Physical Therapy
Rachel Parotta is a pelvic health physical therapist who has been working in this area of specialization for about 12 years. She has a passion for treating women in the prenatal and postpartum stage of life as well as supporting people in pelvic health throughout their lifespan. In addition to her focus on pelvic health and core concerns, Rachel also commonly addresses issues associated with lactation such as plugged ducts and mastitis.
Functional Holistic Nutrition for the Breastfeeding Dyad with Amy Spindel
Functional Holistic Nutritionist, MSHN, MSSW, BCHN, AFMC
Amy is a functional holistic nutritionist with a mission: to help moms and kids feel happier, calmer, and more energetic by getting at the root causes of their symptoms. When Amy’s son was an infant, he was diagnosed with failure to thrive, multiple food allergies, reflux, insomnia, and TOTs, and was unable to get the help he needed. Frustrated, Amy formally left her prior careers in behavioral health and a professional kitchen to enroll in nutrition and functional medicine programs to help him. Now she applies a multidisciplinary approach to her work, piecing together seemingly disparate details of a case to help clients figure out why they are not feeling their best, and providing practical recommendations to help them move forward with their health goals. Amy practices virtually as well as sees clients in Plano, TX.
Meet Your Hosts
Dairian Roberts, Co-Founder
MS, OTR/L, IBCLC, NCS
Owner, humbled by motherhood
Dairian is an Occupation Therapist, Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Dairian started her career as an OT within the specialty of hand therapy followed by hospital based acute care and ICU. After becoming a mom, Dairian shifted gears into early intervention and postpartum care. She currently owns and operates a private practice that specializes in infant feeding and development as well as holistic perinatal care. She supports families through community workshops, in-home consultations, low-cost clinics, and community events. Dairian is dedicated to providing access to specialized services for BIPOC families and underserved populations with the Greater Los Angeles area.
Marissa Yahil, Co-Founder
MSOT, OTR/L, CBS, IBCLC
Marissa Yahil is a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L), Certified Breastfeeding Specialist™ (CBS™), and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Marissa works exclusively with mother-infant pairs prenatally and during the first 9 months postpartum. Prenatally, she educates and empowers her clients with evidence-based information about lactation, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding so that they can go into their birth as prepared as possible. Postpartum, Marissa offers a holistic and integrated approach to lactation support and feeding therapy in order to help her clients achieve their individual goals.