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January 23, 2024 – WALC Quarterly Meeting Webinar via Zoom – Sessions and General Meeting 10:00 am to 12:30 pm


10:00 am – 12:00 pm Evaluating Oral Restrictions: A Collaborative Approach – Molly Peterson, BS, IBCLC and Julia Shannon, OTR/L, GCFP

Molly Peterson, BS, IBCLC  Ever since I can remember, I have loved babies and now I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by them everyday! I found my passion for breastfeeding support shortly after graduating college with a degree in speech pathology. It was then that I discovered you can help feed babies for a living and I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do. I sat for my board exam in 2016 and have been working in private practice ever since, currently Wisco Lactation (formerly Peterson Lactation Services). I love supporting families with infant feeding, and I’m so excited to be a part of your journey. 

Julia Shannon, OTR/L, GCFP   I have always had a passion for helping moms, babies, and families. As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist since 2005, I have enjoyed working with babies and children in a variety of settings. I found my love of movement with the Feldenkrais Method® in 2007, which is a gentle, hands-on somatic approach. Through a variety of neuromotor and manual therapy techniques, I address movement, sensory, and overall function at the core of the nervous system. My personal breastfeeding journey led me to the world of tongue ties and myofunctional therapy. I use a holistic, whole-body approach to swallowing, eating/feeding, and oral motor coordination.

Session Description:

In this presentation, we will review the role of the IBCLC when working with a baby who has oral restrictions and how to work collaboratively to increase optimal outcomes pre and post release. We will examine what a restriction is, how to assess function in an oral assessment, what to look for when evaluating a feeding at the breast and bottle, working with body workers and release providers before and after the release, creating a realistic timeline before and after the release, and “graduating” the dyad when appropriate. Additionally, we will hear from the Occupational Therapist on our team to get her perspective on collaborative care with the IBCLC.

Objectives – Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify their role as the IBCLC in assessing oral function. 
  2. Understand what an ideal short and long term timeline might be for an infant who may need a frenectomy.
  3. Learn why it’s important to work with other providers, like bodyworkers and learn their role to ensure optimal function, reduce tension, and increase mobility. 
  4. Learn how to work with the entire care team to create optimal outcomes before, during, and after the release.

12:00 pm – General Meeting – All are welcome to attend

Register Here. Link to the Zoom event will be sent via email several days before the event.


Cost – No fee for WALC Members

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SAVE THE DATE: March 7 & 8, 2024, WALC Conference, Oshkosh, WI – to download a conference brochure, return to the Home page.

Questions or if you’d like to submit suggestions for topic and speaker, please contact Diane Oakland, WALC Program Chair,