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


In this 4.5-hour, self-paced continuing education course, you will learn the various etiologies of failure to thrive and walk through multiple, in-depth, case studies to solidify critical thinking.


IBLCE Long-Term Provider

4.5 L-CERPs

A unique learning experience to improve clinical reasoning skills to manage your next case with confidence


 This course covers key principles that therapists must understand when evaluating a baby with suboptimal weight gain, including normal feeding patterns (from birth to 6 months) in breast and bottle fed infants, typical volume of intake and outputs, causes of failure to thrive/poor weight gain, analyzing growth charts, and impacts of poor weight gain on babies and the family dynamic. 


Timed Agenda

Don't feel rushed! As a self-paced course, you can pause, replay, and watch the videos as many times as you'd like!

Module 1

2 minutes

  • Introduction to the learning platform
  • Disclosures

Module 2

1 hour 51 minutes

  • Definitions and criteria for failure to thrive, typical patterns of weight gain, intake, feeding 25 min
  • Typical Output & Growth Charts 37 min
  • Dehydration 12 min
  • Postural stability 8 min
  • Supplementation 13 min
  • Managing difficult situations 16 min

Module 3

1 hour 4 minutes

  • Case Study A 19 min
  • Case Study B 19  min
  • Case Study C 26 min

Module 4

27 minutes

  • Low Milk Supply 4 min
  • Gastrointestinal Issues 7 min
  • Case Study D 16 min

Module 5

1 hour 24 minutes

  • CMPA, Tongue Tie, reflux, and dysphagia 7 min
  • Case Study E 28 min
  • Cardiac Issues 6 min
  • Case Study F 31 min
  • Enlarged Adenoids and Tongue Tie 6 min
  • Neurological Issues 6 min

Module 6


  • Post-assessment
  • Feedback survey

A sneak peek into Module 2! Check out this amazing chart to organize your thoughts!


Jeanne Pichoff, LOTR, IBCLC

Jeanne Pichoff has sixteen years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the NICU, outpatient clinic, and the state early intervention system. Jeanne owns and operates a private practice in Louisiana, Flourish Pediatric Therapy and Lactation LLC, which is focused on the niche areas of infant feeding, lactation support, and early intervention services.

Jeanne has pursued the additional credentials of Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). She sat for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam in September 2020. She continually strives to offer the highest quality service to families in her care.

In addition to her clinical work, Jeanne serves her community as a board member of the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition, where she promotes breastfeeding advocacy in her region.

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