Clinical Lactation Monograph: Tongue-Tie, Expert Roundtable

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Tongue-tie has become one of the most controversial topics in lactation. Unfortunately, mothers, babies, and the IBCLCs who want to help are caught in the crossfire. How should tongue-tie be identified and treated? Do posterior ties exist? Are there alternatives to surgery? These are some of the issues lactation consultants face, as well as Scope of Practice issues and what their role should be in identifying and treating tongue-tie.

This monograph features an expert roundtable answering these important questions. We assembled a panel of experts on tongue-tie who represented a wide range of disciplines including pediatrics, family medicine, dentistry, mental health, speech and language, and lactation. Members of this panel do not always agree, but the discourse is respectful and represents the state of the art in this field.


 -Carmela Baeza, MD, IBCLC, RLC

-Pamela Douglas, MBBS, FRACGP, IBCLC, RLC, PhD

-Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC, RLC

-Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, RLC

-Martin A. Kaplan

-Irene Queiroz Marchesan, PhD, SLP

-Roberta Lopes de Castro Martinelli, MS, SLP

-James G. MurphyMD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC, RLC

-Christina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, RLC, FABM




kkt-headshot-1-small.jpgKathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2016 Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division 56. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 410 articles or chapters, and  35 books, Her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015, Springer, with Lesia Ruglass) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014, Praeclarus, with Wendy Middlemiss). Her websites are,,, and  


marsha-walker.jpgMarsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, RLC, is a registered nurse and IBCLC. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990 to 1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a previous board member of the United States Lactation Consultant Association, USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker and an author of numerous publications, including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the United States, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.


cwgenna-2016-headshot.jpgCatherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC, RLC, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press, 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine has served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation since its inception.


Editors : Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Marsha Walker, Catherine Watson Genna

Copyright: 2018


Total Pages: 147





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