What about tongue tie research? Catherine Watson Genna IBCLC: Episode 339

In this episode, Lisa Paladino interviews one of her lactation heroes, Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC, about her research, mentorship, tongue tie and other conditions that prevent comfortable and effective milk transfer at the breast or bottle. 

Topics discussed:

  • Research showing quantitative changes in tongue movement in infants with tongue tie, on both breast and bottle, with improvements after release (see link below)
  • Overcoming research barriers
  • The influence of tight muscles in the neck on ability to breastfeed
  • Mentoring as a way to lift each other, learn ourselves, and enhance the profession

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More About Cathy:

Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is in private practice in New York City since 1992. She is particularly interested in dyads with medical challenges to breastfeeding. In addition to mentoring lactation interns, she uses her clinical photos and videos in presentations to healthcare professionals on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems around the world. Catherine participates in a research collaborative with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering, investigating biomechanics of the lactating nipple and aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2016) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2008, 2013, 2017, 2023), professional journal articles, and chapters in the Core Curriculum and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years.



Quantitative imaging of tongue kinematics during infant feeding and adult swallowing reveals highly conserved patterns.   https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.14814/phy2.14685  

Please do not consider anything discussed on this podcast, by myself or any guest of the podcast, to be medical advice. The information is provided for educational purposes only and does not take the place of your own medical or lactation provider.