You want to breastfeed, but wait, I’m the SLP?!? Part 1

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Presenter: Abby Bishop, MA CCC-SLP, and Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP
Join Michelle as she interviews Abby Bishop, MA CCC-SLP CLC, for an episode where we traipse through the tangled intersection of Speech Therapy and Lactation Counseling. Sit back in awe as she clarifies the confusion and encourages peers to join her cause of “SLPs can become CLC’s too!”


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what a CLC does professionally that is different from the role of an SLP.
    Identify 2 benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding vs formula and bottle feeding.
  • Describe 3 components of a breastfeeding evaluation.

About Abby: Abby Bishop MA CCC-SLP, CLC graduated from Kent State University’s undergraduate and master’s program in speech language pathology in 2008. She began her career working with geriatrics in skilled nursing, but shortly after took a contract placement in Aiken, SC working with pediatrics in natural environment and outpatient clinic settings. After that placement, she relocated to Beaufort, SC and has worked outpatient pediatrics at the local non-profit hospital for the last 7 years. Just recently, she transitioned to home health to allow her more schedule flexibility since returning to work after the birth of her first baby. Abby’s primary interests are in late language emergence, motor-speech disorders in the under-3 population, and feeding/swallowing disorders in all populations. She pursued her certification in lactation counseling in 2015 after receiving several referrals for swallowing disorders in infants whose mothers reported early weaning due to supply issues. She is currently working toward growing her practice to serve more breastfed babies!

About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI.  She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Level)

Course Timeline:

10 mins: Introductions and Backgrounds

10 mins: Describing what CLC vs SLP roles/responsibilities

10 mins: Discussion of benefits of breast milk

15 mins: Discussion of components of breastfeeding evaluation

15 mins: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Abby Bishop:

Financial: Abby Bishop is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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