Breastfeeding is often thought of as one of those things that happens naturally for a new mother and her baby, but the reality is that it can be much more challenging at times.
DENA FREEDMAN-MUCHNICK, MS,CCC-SLP, CLC
PEDIATRIC SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
CERTIFIED BREASTFEEDING/LACTATION CONSULTANT
Dena Freedman-Muchnick is the founder of Lactation Spot, a private Lactation Consulting Practice based in South Florida. She earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. Prior to that, she earned a Dual Bachelors Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Florida in 1997.
Dena has worked as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist in the areas of speech, language, voice, feeding & swallowing for over 20 years. Dena practiced in various clinical settings including Miami Children’s Hospital, Outpatient Clinics, Private Practice and she has extensive experience with various populations and medical complexities.
In the areas of adults and pediatrics, Dena has experience with clinical swallowing evaluations, Modified Barium Swallow Studies and pediatric feeding/oral-motor evaluations.
Dena utilizes her 20+ years of clinical experience to provide skilled Lactation support to families. She considers it a privilege to support each and every family who invites her along on their breastfeeding journey. 🤱🏻
Areas of Specialty
At Lactation Spot, we treat even the smallest members of the family! From infancy to toddlers, we’re here for continued lactation support throughout your breastfeeding journey. Twins/multiples, birth trauma, returning to work, weaning, relactation, slow weight gain, poor latch, milk supply issues, jaundice, tongue tie, pumping issues, engorgement, introducing solid food, nursing an older baby, sore nipples, prematurity, food sensitivities, sleep issues, and more. We are here for all of your Lactation needs during every stage of breastfeeding.
Dena is a member of the following Professional Organizations:
• United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)
• International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
• Florida Lactation Consultant Association (FLCA)
• International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM)
• International Consortium for Oral Anklyofrenula Professionals (ICAP).
Other areas of expertise are issues relating to speech production, feeding problems, oral motor/sensory, myofunctional therapy, orofacial therapy, lip/tongue function assessment, tongue thrust, swallowing disorders, voice disorders, accent reduction, fluency/stuttering, language delays, cognition and hearing.
Dena holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a member of the International Association of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing (IAPFS).
Dena constantly strives for continued education and professional growth so as to best serve her clients. She is recently completed additional training to become a Certified Tethered Oral Tissue Specialist (TOTS) and is also working towards her IAOM Certification in becoming a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM).
Sometimes there are obstacles that make it difficult to come into a medical office, but help is still available. We can meet you over a secure HIPAA compliant Telehealth video portal. We can also be available for text/phone/email lactation support as needed around the clock for those difficult newborn times. We offer various levels of support/education & consultation packages available for every need.