Special guest: Mercedes Eustergerling (Maternal course)


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 The Physiotherapy Assessment of Breastfeeding Related Conditions:

Maternal Factors

(course in English)

This is a 2 day course, registration is open to all physiotherapists

and can be taken in conjunction with the following course:

The Physiotherapy Assessment of Breastfeeding Related Conditions: Infant Factors

MercedesMercedes Eustergerling

BKin(Hon), MPT, MHM

  Some testimonials from the May 2019 course participants, in Montreal:

‘’In 10 years of pediatric practice, this was the best continuing education course I’ve ever taken! I wish I had signed up for the maternal component as well – I did not think it would be relevant to me but it definitely was!’’

‘’Loved, loved and loved! Every single pediatric and pelvic floor physiotherapist should take this course!’’

‘’I loved the fact that physiotherapists now can assist moms and babies that are struggling with breastfeeding.’’

‘’ I really enjoyed having moms come in with their babies – was such a great learning experience.’’

‘’Mercedes is an extremely good teacher who it is easy to trust the experienced knowledge and feedback, and make a day go by covering everything that needs to be covered in such   a way that it goes by very quickly and it is over already.’’


About the Professor:

Mercedes is a women’s health physiotherapist and the founder of Vida Health & Wellness in Calgary, Alberta. She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2008, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010, a post-graduate certificate in pain management from the University of Alberta in 2014, and a Master of Health Management from McMaster University in 2018.

Mercedes has unique experience in physiotherapy for breastfeeding support and is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She is passionate about bringing a physiotherapy approach to the lactation world and bringing lactation into the physiotherapy practice.

Course Description

This two-day course will teach participants to assess and manage lactation related conditions of the breast. Women’s health goes beyond the pelvis and physiotherapists can contribute a unique set of skills to this field.  Participants will learn about breast anatomy and physiology, stages of lactation, mechanical and chemical causes of inflammation, clinical problem solving, and intervention options.

No previous experience in breast health is required and registration is open to all physiotherapists. Labs include breast palpation and manual techniques.

Course Objectives

  • -Understand the importance of breastfeeding for women, children, and society
  • -Outline the physiotherapist’s role in breastfeeding support
  • -Learn the physiology and anatomy of the lactating breast
  • -Develop clinical reasoning skills for the assessment of breastfeeding issues
  • -Practice a physiotherapy evaluation of the lactating breast
  • -Review clinical guidelines for mastitis and breast pain
  • -Establish an evidence-based, individualized treatment plan for breast conditions
  • -Practice physiotherapy techniques for treating the lactating breast
  • -Learn to measure outcomes and when to refer to other healthcare providers
  • -Review hygiene, protection, and safety for handling bodily fluids


Course schedule

Day 1, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • -Registration
  • -Introduction
  • -Sociocultural impacts of breastfeeding
  • -The physiotherapist’s role and scope of practice
  • -Physiology & anatomy
  • -Etiology of lactating breast conditions
  • -Assessment – lecture & lab

Day 2, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm                                 

  • -Review of day 1
  • -Clinical guidelines for treatment
  • -Cases & clinical reasoning
  • -Interventions – lecture & lab
  • -Cases & outcome measures



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