The Physical Therapist's Role in Breastfeeding


A 1 hour, self-paced continuing education course where you learn about the role of the physical therapist in supporting breastfeeding dyads. 


Providing CEUs and Lactation Education for Physical Therapists

Are you a Physical Therapy practitioner interested in working with breastfeeding dyads? This is for you!


Physical Therapist's Role in Breastfeeding Learning Objectives: 

  1. Determine where breastfeeding fits in the physical therapist’s scope of practice.
  2. Identify current recommendations for breastfeeding and benefits of human milk consumption.

Timed Agenda


Here’s the breakdown of what’s in this introduction course so you can make an informed decision. Take your time — you have access to this self-paced course for 6 months.

Module 1

Course Introduction

1 minute

  • Introduction

Module 2

Course Material

57 minutes

  • Introduction
  • Scope of Practice
  • Clinical skills
  • Intervention
  • PT in Lactation

Module 3

Course Summary


  • Wrap-up
  • Feedback Survey
  • Course assessment


Emily Knell Spaeth



Dr. Emily Spaeth is a certified neonatal therapist (CNT) in a level IV NICU, and continues to follow her patients with complex medical needs post-discharge. She also provides home visits through her business, Be Well Baby PDX for infant massage training, craniosacral therapy, prenatal/postpartum yoga, and breastfeeding support. She is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Emily is a graduate of the DPT program at Samuel Merrit University in her hometown of Oakland, California. She brings years of experience as a licensed massage therapist (LMT) to her physical therapy practice and is a certified neonatal touch and massage therapist (NTMTC). She also serves as faculty in two DPT programs teaching massage and pediatric physical therapy. She loves to empower caregivers, and as a Certified Trauma Informed Professional (TIP), she weaves her passion for trauma-informed care throughout all interactions with her small patients and their families, especially in the context of breastfeeding. Finally, Emily has two babies of her own who keep her busy like every other parent out there.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this course intended for?

This CEU course is designed for physical therapists or physical 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 PT CEU course is meant to be introductory for physical therapy practitioners. There are no recommended prerequisites.


Information about CEUs for Physical Therapists

APTA does not currently have an approved provider program for individual companies. If you need any information to submit to your state, please send us an email. We meet the requirements for multiple organizations and we are happy to provide any documentation that you may need.


How long will I have access to this course?

6 months from the enrollment date.


What is your refund/cancellation policy?

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


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.


Where can I learn more?! What other CEU courses do you offer? 

We’re so glad you loved this course! Check out this page to see our other courses.

We also offer course bundles when you’re ready to dive all-in to lactation-focused, infant-specific education

Tethered Oral Tissues Badge (15 hours)

  • Supporting Oral Motor Skills in the Infant: Assessment, Adaptation, and Remediation
  • Tongue Ties, Breastfeeding, and the Lactation Savvy Therapist

Bundle + Save 5% Now  ➝

Therapeutic Bottle Feeding (17.75 hours)

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

Bundle + Save 10% Now  ➝

Medically Fragile Infant (14 hours)

  • Breastfeeding Assessment and Intervention for the Medically Fragile Infant: Reframing the Clinical Approach

  • Failure to Thrive, Suboptimal Weight Gain, and the Lactation Savvy Therapist

  • Tube to Breast: Navigating the Transition from Enteral Feeding to Breastfeeding

Bundle + Save 10% Now  ➝

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.


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