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Courses and Education for Physiotherapists and Healthcare Providers

The Physiotherapy Assessment of Breastfeeding Related Conditions

Maternal and Infant Factors

If physiotherapists are treating women and people who breastfeed, it is important to understand the anatomy and physiology of the breast, the related conditions that can arise while breastfeeding, and how the behaviours of both mother and infant can impact these conditions. In this course you will also learn infant orofacial anatomy, torticollis, suck mechanics, and reflexes. Physiotherapists and other allied professionals can play a valuable role in the assessment and treatment of these conditions.

This course is open to professionals outside of physical therapy, you can apply what you learn within the scope of practice of your profession.

Health Professionals, this course is for you if:

  • You are working with people in the perinatal population
  • Your patients are expressing difficulty with infant feeding, or breast pain
  • You are struggling to offer whole person, family centred care during the perinatal period
  • You may be relying of personal experience and are looking for a more solid background in the science and evidence of care during the infant feeding journey

Upcoming course dates are posted below. Sign up for updates.

What we offer:


Improve your team's understanding of infant feeding with a workshop or in-service.


Two or four day courses provide the opportunity to dive deeply into a practice area.


Convenient and affordable! Practitioners anywhere can learn about infant feeding.


We'd love to speak at your next event and share our passion for improving care for infant feeding.

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Upcoming courses

February 19-20, 2022

Breastfeeding Conditions – Maternal Factors

Herman & Wallace  – Online


July 16-17, 2022

Breastfeeding Conditions – Maternal Factors

Herman & Wallace  – Online


March 11-13, 2022

Breastfeeding Conditions – Maternal and Infant Factors

Pelvic Health Solutions  – Online


November 19-20, 2022

Breastfeeding Conditions – Maternal Factors

Herman & Wallace  – Online



Mercedes Eustergerling is a women’s health physiotherapist and international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in Calgary, Alberta. She has worked in a variety of outpatient settings including private physiotherapy clinics, maternity clinics, and family physicians’ offices. Mercedes has built a path that led her to a career of helping women and infants with chronic and complex health needs, and she combines this passion with an interest in adult education.

Her teaching and speaking experience includes presentations to crowds as large as 3,500 people, television appearances, presenting and defending scientific research, webinars, conferences, and in-person courses. Previous audiences include members of the public, physicians, academics, and physiotherapists.

Best Calgary Physiotherapist | Vida Health & Wellness

What others say

As a physiotherapist that has been practicing for nearly 10 years, I have taken many courses to further my skills - I can honestly say that these courses were among the best I have taken!
Mercedes is not only an experienced and skilled clinician with a somewhat alarming memory for anatomy and physiology- she is also a talented adult educator whose curriculum design displays thoughtfulness for adult learners who must both learn new content and unlearn un-informed habits.
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