Breastfeeding Support

Part of Bower Bird CPD's Osteo Baby series

Presented By

Luisa Miraglia
Neonatal and Paediatric Osteopath


November 22, 2024 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Suited To


Breastfeeding support for your patients

Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural process, but it is not always without challenges. From latch and suckling difficulties, to milk supply and nipple pain, many parents encounter obstacles along their breastfeeding journey that can lead to frustration and even premature weaning.

Understanding these issues and how they relate to biomechanics, the MSK system, hormones, posture, and other factors is key to supporting your patients.

With the appropriate assessment and treatment techniques for baby’s skull, cervical spine, shoulder dystocia, breathing dynamics, pelvic mechanics and more you’ll be able to help them to embrace the joy of successful breastfeeding.

This in-depth course from highly respected Italian Paediatric Osteopath Luisa Miraglia combines the anatomy and physiology of lactation with case-studies and gentle-but-effective osteopathic assessment and treatment techniques. Breastfeeding Support will deliver you the knowledge and skills to support your patients and improve the health and well-being of both parent and baby.

Techniques will be demonstrated and practiced via a combination of detailed pre-recorded videos, on fellow attendees and a planned infant clinic to end the day. The clinic is dependent on suitable parents volunteering. We will do our best facilitate this aspect of the course but for obvious reasons it cannot be guaranteed.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overview of common breastfeeding issues such as latch difficulties, milk supply concerns, nipple pain.
  • Examine the anatomy, physiology and endocrinology relating to lactation.
  • Understand the mechanics of milk production and the ‘let-down’ reflex.
  • Explore the relationship between musculoskeletal issues and breastfeeding mechanics.
  • Learn to conduct a comprehensive assessment of breastfeeding dynamics and related MSK dysfunction including for baby’s skull, cervical spine, shoulder dystocia, breathing dynamics, pelvic mechanics and more.
  • Learn appropriate gentle osteopathic techniques including soft tissue manipulation, mobilization and cranial techniques.
  • Understand the importance of posture to lactation and how to correct postural imbalances.
  • Discuss torticollis and its effect on breastfeeding.
  • Develop effective communication strategies to provide empathetic support and guidance for parents.
  • Build an interdisciplinary team with lactation consultants, midwives, and other healthcare providers.

Course Details

Breastfeeding Support is open to osteopaths of all levels of experience.  The course has a strong practical focus and includes appropriate manual therapy techniques that you can immediately use with confidence in your practice. Best efforts will be made to have infants present but this cannot be guaranteed.

Includes access to around 2 hours of pre-learning videos covering anatomy and other background topics. On the day the course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It also includes morning and afternoon tea, printed course notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 8 hours CPD.

About the Presenter

Luisa Miraglia has more than 15 years’ experience practicing as a neonatal and paediatric osteopath. She graduated from Italian College of Osteopathy in Bologna (2009) and completed a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, Italy (OCC) (2019). Luisa has pursued further training in Europe and the United States, engaging in courses and clinical rotations collaborating with recognised leaders in the paediatric osteopathy field, including Viola Frymann, Jane Carreiro, Hollis King, Stuart Korth, Susan Turner, Nicette Sergueff, among others.

Her teaching experience in extensive, having worked as a teacher and clinical tutor at the OCC, as a paediatric osteopathy instructor at the OSCE school, as educational director and teacher for the Master's degree program in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Fulcro School of Osteopathy (Treviso), and serving as vice president of the Italian Osteopathy Association.

Luisa is very excited to be bringing her Breastfeeding Support course to Australia for the first time.


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