Babies2Boomers

Through craniosacral therapy, primitive reflex work, oral motor suck training, and lactation support, I approach infant feeding challenges with multiple modalities.  
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Connect, Feed, Function

Hello! Let me introduce myself. I am Katie Connealy--a speech and feeding therapist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I primarily help caregivers and babies on their feeding journeys, with challenges often resulting from tongue, lip, and/or buccal ties. I recently moved back to KC from Denver, to be closer to family. Family is so important to me, and helping yours thrive from the beginning has become my passion. I graduated with my masters in Speech-language Pathology from the University of Kansas in 2010. I began learning about primitive reflex work and how this impacts all areas of development, specifically suck, swallow, breathe (feeding)! As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I saw the need for more immediate body work for those tight little bodies and mouths. I have studied through the Upledger Institute, and now use CranioSacral Therapy as a primary modality to help babies and families function at their best. I would love to help you and your little ones have a successful start! Here's a little bit about the work! CranioSacral Therapy It’s a pretty tight space to hang out in mama’s womb for 9 months. Sometimes, during their stay and on their way into this world, babies can get into some precarious positions! CranioSacral Therapy is a very light touch therapy that invites the tissues of the body to find good space and find their natural rhythms again. Nerves, blood vessels, craniosacral fluid, and bones all need good space to function. The communication between brain and muscles can suffer when important structures don’t have room to do their jobs. This causes our little ones to feel stuck and tight. We want our nerves firing and our body’s systems primed for optimal functioning.    Pre and Post Revisions Let’s get our nervous systems calmed down first! The mouth is where we breathe and eat, which helps us feel safe and allows us to bond. If our nervous system is stressed, it’s hard to learn new skills, absorb nutrients to thrive, and connect with people. Babies use their whole body to breastfeed. Tight hips lead to tight lips. Clenched hands carry tensions from other parts of our bodies. Heads and necks stuck in a position make it difficult to protect our airway when eating. If it doesn’t feel safe, comfortable, or easy, we don’t want to eat. Little clues throughout their body guide us to help them find relief from tension. Post release, we have to learn how to use our new range of motion. Together, we can help your baby connect their new skills to their brain to create efficient and effective sucking habits. What's the deal with reflexes? Many reflexes should be present at birth to help babies root, latch, suck, swallow, and breathe. Movement, from inside our mouths, down to our toes, helps grow our brains and meet developmental milestones. There are a variety of reasons why reflexes might not be present at birth. Don’t worry; there are simple movements we can do to bring these reflexes in and get babies back on course. Before a tongue tie release, I want babies to show me they have their sucking reflex turned on. Gumming, thrusting their tongue, and licking are not effective sucking patterns AND they often cause mom a lot of pain. Reflex work combined with suck training help improve sucking patterns to possibly avoid a release or to set you up for better outcomes after an oral tether (tongue, lip, buccal) release. Suck Training and Lactation Support The family is a big part of our work together. I will teach you exercises to do with your baby at home to help retrain their suck. A tongue needs versatility to go back and forth between breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Development in their first several months helps set up their oral-motor skills for starting solids, cup drinking, and speech! Breastfeeding should be enjoyable and pain free. It isn’t all about baby. I’m here to help moms as well. Worrying about milk supply and having damaged nipples adds so much stress to an already stressful situation. As an IBCLC, I can support you with tracking your baby’s weight, weighted feeds, and discussing strategies for low milk supply, oversupply, sore or damaged nipples, pumping, getting baby back to breast, and so much more. To check to see if you are ELIGIBLE for INSURANCE COVERED lactation consultations with me, please visit The Lactation Network: https://go.lactationnetwork.com/Babies2Boomers We’re a team and it takes a village!
Katie Connealy
MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, CIMI
Services
  • Baby Feeding Evaluation
  • Baby Feeding Multi-modality Follow-Up
  • Infant Massage Instruction
  • Lactation Consultation

Approaches

  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Primitive Reflex Work/Integration
  • Suck Training
  • Lactation Support

Insurance Accepted

  • Potential insurance coverage
  • for Lactation Consultations:
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Provider Network of America
  • *PPO plans for insurances listed above
  • *Check eligibility for insurance
  • covered lactation consultations
  • through "The Lactation Network"
  • Email or call Katie for instructions.

Fees

  • Initial Evaluation: $150
  • Follow Up sessions: $75 - $100
  • Infant Massage 2 Class Series: $40
  • Lactation Consultation-insurance covered: $0
Testimonials

“We were referred to Katie for our daughter’s ties. After months of triple feeding, poor weight gain, and countless blocked ducts, our little one is successfully breastfeeding, gaining weight, and the blocked ducts are no more! I cannot recommend her enough!”

Rachel L

“Katie was always going above and beyond, from using scale to track her weight, to communicating with the ped dentist, to guiding me to transition from bottle supplementation at every feed to just breastfeeding. She always saw the big picture: her whole body.”

Previous Client

“We were hesitant at first to pursue a tongue tie release. Katie didn’t push but gave good info and allowed us to decide. She helped us get ready for the procedure and after, helped our daughter's suck to be able to take a bottle.”

Lisa J
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14071 S Mullen St
Olathe, KS 660626131

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