Bottle Feeding Skills

Refining Clinical Reasoning for Selection and Use

Identify infant’s needs, bottle differences, and common roadblocks to bottle feeding during this 7-hour, self-paced continuing education course


Providing Lactation Education (L-CERPs) and CEUs for Healthcare Professionals

IBLCE Long-Term Provider

7.0 L-CERPs

If you’re ready to make bottle feeding recommendations with confidence, then this course is for you!

Interested in what others have to say?

“I loved the practical information. I gained more information that has help me assess and help treat some of the children I work with. I was able to try a different approach for positioning and had a few different bottles to try with some of the babies."
“I loved all the video examples and moving through the case study at the end of the course. I also appreciated how the instructor address nipple shields - I have not had this in a course before. The demonstration of side lying feeds, paced feedings, and cup drinking were also helpful!"
“As an former school SLP who is interested in getting more into the feeding/medical arena this was such great orientation for feeling more competent going into new spaces. Really loved the side by side comparisons of different options, the specialized techniques for specific populations, and the real-life video examples. "
“The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and able to provide the information in a clean and concise manner; videos and pictures provided were very helpful. So much useful information was provided."

Bottle Feeding Course Learning Objectives


Participants will be able to:

  • Examine differences between normal and abnormal infant sucking and latching
  • Compare different bottle aspects and their appropriateness for a variety of infant populations
  • Analyze information from functional feeding assessment to determine the most appropriate bottle based on the individualized needs of the infant
  • Identify common roadblocks in bottle feeding human milk while protecting the breastfeeding relationship and consumption of human milk
  • Examine differences in sensory regulation and impact on bottle feeding infants

Timed Agenda

You won’t have to rush through this course. It’s self-paced, online continuing education for busy healthcare professionals. You can re-watch the modules as you expand your understanding of bottles and bottle feeding.

Course Information

1 minute

  • Introduction and disclaimer

Infant Anatomy & Bottle Overview

2 hr 6 minutes

  • Bottle Introduction - 17 min
  • Review of Anatomy and Physiology - 1 hour 8 min
  • Nipple Selection - 41 min

Bottle Feeding Foundation

1 hr 10 minutes

  • Positional Considerations - 32 min
  • Typical vs Atypical Bottle Feeding - 11 min
  • Responsive Bottle Feeding - 27 min

Bottle Feeding Interventions

2 hr 56 minutes

  • Compensation and Intervention - 60 min
  • Transitioning Between Bottle and Breast - 60 min
  • Deviations from Typical Bottle Feeding - 56 min

Bottle Alternatives & Application

52 minutes

  • Bottle Alternatives - 23 min
  • Case Studies - 29 min

CE Course Assessment & Feedback


  • Feedback survey
  • Multiple choice assessment

By the end of this course, you’ll understand how to identify bottles that are a good match for individual babies’ oral function and needs and how to implement interventions for bottle feeding.



Julie Matheney, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC, IBCLC

Julie is a licensed speech pathologist (CCC-SLP), certified location educator counselor (CLEC), and international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Julie works exclusively with mother-infant pairs prenatally and during the first year postpartum.

Prenatally, she educates and empowers her clients with evidence-based information about lactation, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding so they can understand normal/typical behaviors and when to ask for help.

Postpartum, she offers a holistic and integrated approach to lactation support and feeding therapy to help families reach their infant feeding goals.

AOTA Approved Provider, ASHA CE Approved Provider, IBLCE Long-Term Provider

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this bottle feeding course intended for?

This bottle feeding course is designed for Occupational Therapy practitioners (OT and COTA), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), Physical Therapy practitioners (PT and PTA), as well as other healthcare professionals such as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), Physicians (MD and DO), Nurses (RN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physician Assistants (PA), and more.


Are there prerequisites for this course?

There is no required coursework needed prior to enrolling in this course.


As a therapist, can I count this course toward my 90 hours of lactation-specific education?

Absolutely! This course is approved for 7 L-CERPs. To receive credit for completion, the course must be completed with 100% watch time and each participant will need to complete a post-assessment with a passing score of at least 80% to ensure all learning objectives are met.


Information about AOTA CEUs

This course is approved for 0.7 AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. Participants will be required to:

  • Complete the course in its entirety (100% of the course watched)
  • Complete a multiple-choice post-assessment with a passing score of at least 80% (untimed test)

Information about ASHA CEUs

This course is available for 0.7 ASHA CEUs for speech-language pathologistsTo receive ASHA CEUs, participants will be required to:

  •  Ensure you are eligible to receive ASHA CEUs! Click here for more information
  • Complete the course in its entirety (watch time is tracked by the learning management system) 
  • Complete the multiple-choice post-assessment with a passing score of at least 80% (untimed test, 3 retakes)
  • There is no option for partial credit

Information about CEUs for Physical Therapists

APTA does not approve individual companies and you will need to check with your individual state for online course requirements. To best prepare you can save the following:

  • The certificate of completion that will be provided
  • List of references
  • A copy of the assessment questions

How long will I have access to the course?

6 months from the purchase date. 


What is your refund/cancellation policy?

Refunds must be requested within 14 days of purchase by emailing [email protected]. A full refund is available if no modules have been started. A partial refund is available once ANY portion of the course has been viewed. The amount refunded is at the sole discretion of The Lactation OT LLC. There is no refund available after 14 days of purchase OR if module one has been completed. Recipients will receive acknowledgment of refund requests within 3 business days. If the request is valid per the terms listed above, the refund will be processed within 7 business days. If for any reason the course is canceled by The Lactation OT before the course is started, a full refund will be provided. 


How do I request special accommodation?

Please send us an email at [email protected] at least 14 days before starting the course with further details of your request.

The market is saturated with bottles claiming to be the best. When you understand an infant’s skills and bottle qualities, you can make informed, unbiased recommendations to support your clients. 


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  • Mixed Feeding: How to make Individualized, evidence-based recommendations to support families supplementing with infant formula
  • Bottle Feeding Skills: Refining Clinical Reasoning for Selection and Use

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The Lactation OT is proud to provide lactation-specific continuing education and resources to OT, SLP, PTs, IBCLCs, and healthcare professionals. Your clients depend on you, and we’re here to support you while you provide effective, evidence-informed care. 

Let’s continue to raise the level of care in lactation and infant feeding — together.

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