Introduction to Breastfeeding

for the Lactation-Informed Therapist

An introduction to blending lactation counseling and therapy in aĀ 4.5-hour, self-paced continuing education course


Providing Lactation Education (L-CERPs) and CEUs for Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Physical Therapists

IBLCE Long-Term Provider

4.5 L-CERPs

If youā€™re ready for a therapy-specific introduction to lactation, then this course is for you

Introduction to Breastfeeding Course Learning Objectives


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the anatomical components of the breast and the physiological impact of milk production
  • Recall different positional considerations for the infant and parent to improve functional latch and efficient feeding
  • List assistive devices to aid in latching based on findings from feeding evaluation

Timed Agenda

You won’t have to rush through this course. It’s self-paced, online continuing education for busy therapists. You can re-watch the modules as you expand your understanding of the production of human milk.

Course Information

1 minute

  • Introduction and disclaimer

Introduction to Lactation

4 hr 38 minutes

  • CourseĀ Introduction - 15 min
  • Role of the OT, SLP, and PT in lactationĀ  - 57 min
  • Mammogensis - 54 min
  • Lactogenesis - 35 min
  • Positioning and Latch - 1 hr 21 min
  • Counseling Considerations - 36 min

CE Course Assessment & Feedback


  • Feedback survey
  • Multiple choice assessment

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the role of the therapist in lactation, the difference in scope of practice, the anatomy and physiology of milk production, and proper latch mechnaics.



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 introduction to lactation course intended for?

This lactation course is designed for Occupational Therapy practitioners (OT and COTA), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), and Physical Therapy practitioners (PT and PTA).


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 4.5 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 0.45 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 will be eligible for ASHA CEUs starting July 1, 2023.

This course is available for 0.45 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.

If you're ready to make informed recommendations and referrals to support your clients, then this course is for you!

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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.

Looking for more information? Have a comment or complaint? Send an email to [email protected]. View complaint policy here.