The Occupational Therapist's Role in Breastfeeding

A free CEU for OTs to explore supporting breastfeeding dyads


Blending the art and science of lactation and occupational therapy.


Have you ever thought about how to support new mothers and infants as an occupational therapist?

This 1-hour, self-paced continuing education course will teach you about the role of occupational therapy in supporting breastfeeding dyads. OTs are uniquely qualified to work with the mother/parent, infant, and family unit.  



What's Included...

The Occupational Therapist's Role in Breastfeeding

Let Us Help You Connect the Dots.

In this course, we'll cover:

  • A¬†thorough¬†overview of the Occupational Therapy Framework IV (OTPF IV)
  • The importance of breastfeeding for health promotion
  • The role of the occupational therapy practitioner in supporting the breastfeeding dyad
  • Examples of various settings and potential opportunities to gain hands-on lactation hours
  • BONUS VIDEO: How to reach out to professionals for mentorship opportunities

Learning Objectives

1. Identify three areas of occupation related to breastfeeding

2. Identify three performance skills related to breastfeeding

3. Identify three types of intervention and three approaches to intervention, as listed in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 4th edition


Marissa Yahil, MSOT, OTR/L, IBCLC

Marissa¬†is a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L), Certified Breastfeeding Specialist‚ĄĘ, and¬†International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Marissa works exclusively with mother-infant pairs prenatally and during the first 9 months postpartum.

Prenatally, she educates and empowers her clients with evidence-based information about lactation, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding so that they can go into their birth as prepared as possible.

Postpartum, Marissa offers a holistic and integrated approach to lactation support and feeding therapy in order to help her clients achieve their individual goals.


  • Marissa is the co-owner of The Lactation OT
  • She owns a private practice, Lactation & Development Resources LLC
  • She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose


Dairian Roberts, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC, PMH-C

Dairian has been an occupational therapist since 2013. A lover of biomechanics, she immediately specialized in hand therapy post-graduation.

After years in hand therapy, she transitioned from splints and casting to postpartum-focused maternal health specializing in lactation. Dairian completed further training in traditional postpartum care,  homeopathy, lactation, certification as a newborn care specialist, as well as multiple manual therapy techniques. She is a passionate advocate for Black maternal health equity.

Dairian lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, son, daughter, and family pet, Fire Dragon, a bearded dragon lizard.

‚ÄúMy mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style‚ÄĚ -Maya Angelou


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this class for?

This CEU course is designed for occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants that are interested in how they can work with lactating parents and/or breastfeeding dyads.


Are there prerequisites for this course?

This free OT CEU course is meant to be introductory for occupational therapy practitioners. There are no recommended prerequisites.


Information about AOTA CEUs

This course is approved for 0.1 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, 3 retakes)


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.


What is your cancellation policy?

This course is not eligible for refunds since there is no registration fee.


I loved this free CEU course and want to dive into more! What other CEU courses do you offer? 

We’re so glad you loved this course! OTs have unique skills and practice scope that lends well to specializing in infant feeding, development, lactation, and supporting the family unit postpartum. Check out this page to see our other courses.


If you’ve been curious about OTs role in breastfeeding or lactation services — this course is for you. Deepen your understanding and decide if this specialty area of practice is right for you! 



We also offer courses on a variety of topics when you’re ready to dive all-in to mother-baby specific continuing education

Maternal Health: Birth Trauma, Breastfeeding, and Postpartum Care

5.0 L-CERPs, 0.5 AOTA CEU, 0.5 ASHA CEU 

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A Holistic Approach to Supporting Sleep for Breastfeeding Dyads

4.25 L-CERPs, 0.425 AOTA CEU, 0.45 ASHA CEU

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Supporting Oral Motor Skills in the Infant: Assessment, Adaptation, and Remediation

7.0 L-CERPs, 0.7 AOTA CEU, 0.7 ASHA CEU

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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 as you provide the most effective, evidence-based care possible. 

Thanks for joining us. Together we can continue to raise the level of care in lactation and infant feeding.