Special guest: Mercedes Eustergerling (Infant course)


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 The Physiotherapy Assessment of Breastfeeding Related Conditions:

Infant 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: Maternal Factors


Mercedes Eustergerling BKin(Hon), MPT, MHM  

About the Professor:

Mercedes is a lifelong learner. 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.

Other professional development includes a certificate in acupuncture and advanced courses in pelvic health.

Mercedes has unique experience in physiotherapy for breastfeeding support. She completed the BreastEd series of courses and has done hundreds of hours of shadowing and volunteering at the Riley Park Breastfeeding Clinic. In 2018, Mercedes was invited to speak at the Pelvic Health Solutions Symposium in Toronto.

Course Description

This two-day course will teach participants to assess and manage lactation related conditions in the infant. It will combine principles of musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy such as neonatal reflexes.  Participants will learn about normal positioning and latch, infant suck mechanics, musculoskeletal conditions of the neck and jaw, handling techniques, clinical problem solving, and intervention options.

No previous experience in pediatrics is required and registration is open to all physiotherapists.

Course Objectives

  • -Learn the mechanics of infant latch and suck
  • -Develop clinical reasoning skills for the assessment of infant breastfeeding issues
  • -Understand conditions such as torticollis, plagiocephaly, tongue tie, lip tie, and palate anomalies
  • -Practice a physiotherapy evaluation of the breastfeeding infant
  • -Establish an evidence-based, individualized treatment plan
  • -Practice physiotherapy techniques for treating the breastfeeding infant
  • -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
  • -Suck mechanics and latch
  • -Neonatal reflexes, positioning, and handling
  • -Infant conditions that affect feeding

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

  • -Review of day 1
  • -Assessment – lecture
  • -Cases & clinical reasoning
  • -Interventions – lecture
  • -Cases & clinical reasoning
  • -Assessment & interventions – labs


Course calendar