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The Physiotherapy Assessment of Breastfeeding Related Conditions: Maternal Factors – Calgary, AB

November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019
Registration Information
  • Register before
    September 21st, 2019
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after September 21st, 2019

Instructor: Mercedes Eustergerling

Mercedes is a women’s health physiotherapist and the founder of Vida Health & Wellness in Calgary, Alberta. She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2008, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010, a post-graduate certificate in pain management from the University of Alberta in 2014, and a Master of Health Management from McMaster University in 2018.

Mercedes has unique experience in physiotherapy for breastfeeding support. She completed the BreastEd series of courses and has done hundreds of hours of shadowing and volunteering at the Riley Park Breastfeeding Clinic in Calgary. She is passionate about bringing a physiotherapy approach to the lactation world and bringing lactation into the physiotherapy practice.

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

download the PDF
Physio Assessment of Breastfeeding Related Conditions Maternal – AB 2019

Course description:

This two-day course will teach participants to assess and manage lactation related conditions of the breast. Women’s health goes beyond the pelvis and physiotherapists can contribute a unique set of skills to this field. Participants will learn about breast anatomy and physiology, stages of lactation, mechanical and chemical causes of inflammation, clinical problem solving, and intervention options.


Course objectives:

  • Understand the importance of breastfeeding for women, children, and society
  • Outline the physiotherapist’s role in breastfeeding support
  • Learn the physiology and anatomy of the lactating breast
  • Develop clinical reasoning skills for the assessment of breastfeeding issues
  • Practice a physiotherapy evaluation of the lactating breast
  • Review clinical guidelines for mastitis and breast pain
  • Establish an evidence-based, individualized treatment plan for breast conditions
  • Practice physiotherapy techniques for treating the lactating breast
  • Learn to measure outcomes and when to refer to other healthcare providers
  • Review hygiene, protection, and safety for handling bodily fluids



No previous experience in breast health is required and registration is open to all physiotherapists. Labs include breast palpation and manual techniques.



Friday 8:30am-4:30pm / Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm

Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.


Please Note:

This course is both lecture and lab format

No prerequisites required



Oct 31-Nov 1, 2019 – Infant Factors Nov 2-3, 2019 – Maternal Factors


Early bird before 09/19/2019 Standard rate after 09/19/2019
If registering for Maternal Factors $645 + GST ($677.25 incl. GST) $715 + GST ($750.75 incl. GST)
If registering for Infant Factors $645 + GST ($677.25 incl. GST) $715 + GST ($750.75 incl. GST)
If registering for both courses $895 + GST ($939.75 incl. GST) $970 + GST ($1018.50 incl. GST)

Breastfeeding Courses FAQ

Q: Can I take the infant or maternal course (2 days) or do I have to sign up for the full 4 days?

A: We are offering two back-to-back courses. You can register for one or both of them, and they are not prerequisites of one another. This means that you can take just the infant course, just the maternal course, or both.


Q: Will I be a lactation consultant if I take these courses? Do they count toward lactation education hours?

A: These courses are developed for physiotherapists and do not cover all of the topics required to be a lactation consultant. They are not accredited by the World Health Organization, LEAARC, or IBLCE. The information included in these courses will allow participants to offer breastfeeding support for their patients and to determine whether they want to continue into lactation consulting in the future.


Q: I work in private practice/orthopaedics/pelvic health. Will I be able to implement breastfeeding support into my work?

A: Every clinic has a different setup and it’s difficult to know whether breastfeeding support can be done. Talk with your clinic manager to determine what you’re able to do within your setting.

Breastfeeding appointments require the same logistics as pelvic health: one hour appointments and private rooms. If your clinic has several rooms, it is possible to see more than one patient at a time. Some physician-run clinics do up to 3 per hour, though this can be quite difficult to keep on time. You will need a comfortable chair and a nursing pillow in your breastfeeding room. All other equipment is standard in a physiotherapy clinic (bed, gloves, etc).


Q: This topic seems interesting, but I already have a full schedule. Why would I add breastfeeding support?

A: The patients you’re currently seeing for other conditions are the same people that are struggling with breastfeeding. For them, talking with someone they already trust is invaluable. You can provide complete women’s health care and become the go-to person for postpartum support. Adding breastfeeding support to your busy practice may allow you to grow your staff and expand your clinic offerings.


Q: Why should physiotherapists be doing breastfeeding support?

A: The lactation world is very good at certain aspects of breastfeeding, but there are women and babies that still struggle. The physiotherapy approach is able to contribute a unique perspective that can make a huge difference in these lives.


Q: Can I take these courses if I’m not a physiotherapist?

A: These courses do not involve an internal component, and they are open to all health care providers. Please note that your scope of practice may differ from the class materials and you should check with your regulatory college.