The Milky Way: Supporting Babies at the Breast as a Feeding Therapist

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(5 customer reviews)

We know as feeding therapists, the most impactful thing a caregiver can do is to feed, nurture, and grow their children. This is a foundation for bonding and relationship building. When that relationship goes awry due to feeding issues or difficulties, it can become overwhelming, if not even traumatic. Supporting the infant from the very beginning at the breast is important for building this caregiver/baby relationship.

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The Milky Way: Supporting Babies at the Breast as a Feeding Therapist


The Milky Way: Supporting Babies at the Breast as a Feeding Therapist


In this course, participants will learn to critically evaluate different factors affecting feeding including the normal anatomy and physiology of the milk making process, barriers of milk production, co-morbidities involving feeding including pre-term birth, and gastrointestinal difficulties/anomalies. Participants will also be provided with information for the collection of objective data to evaluate the breastfeeding dyad and provide guidance or reassurance for the families they serve.


Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  1. Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the human milk making process.
  2. Explain how to troubleshoot common problems a breastfeeding dyad may encounter.
  3. List the positions and supportive measures a breastfeeding dyad may attempt and rationale for utilization.
  4. Develop a plan of action and provide guidance for a breastfeeding dyad after having collected and evaluated the objective data.



2 hours.



5 Mins – Introduction
10 Mins – CLC vs. IBCLC certifications, Role Differentiation
20 Mins – Anatomy and Physiology of Normal Breastfeeding
10 Mins – Skin to Skin, Benefits, Implications
10 Mins – GI implications and the Microbiome
20 Mins – Latch examples, Positioning
10 Mins – Troubleshooting the Problem
10 Mins – GI implications and the Microbiome
20 Mins – Baby Math
5 Mins – Conclusion/Questions

About the Presenter:
Melanie Van Noy MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Melanie is a Speech Pathologist of 7 years, currently working in a level 4 NICU at University Hospital in San Antonio, TX. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor, and her passion is helping families feed their babies in the most effective way. As a mother of 2 herself, she understands that feeding and nurturing a child is the most affirming act of parenthood. She strives to help others understand how to empower families so they can make the best decisions for their children and themselves.



Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: Melanie Van Noy is currently a full-time employee at University Health System, San Antonio, TX, which is unaffiliated with this presentation.
Non-financial: None.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

This presentation is not focused on any products and is not focused on any specific type of service delivery model.


We really want you to be able to learn this material, not just breeze through it to take a quiz and say you’ve learned something but forget it by the time you are in front of your next patient or client. So, you will have access to this material for 6 months (180 days) from your registration date. You will be able to download any course resources and stream the video as much as you wish during that time to review the information. We just ask that you not share the handout or other materials with anyone who hasn’t registered for their own access to the course.

Additional Information

Attendance Type


CEU Options

Offering ASHA CEUs, Without CE Credit

5 reviews for The Milky Way: Supporting Babies at the Breast as a Feeding Therapist

  1. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A great start to learn more about the foundation of breastfeeding and what to look for when assessing breastfeeding.

  2. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Content was very good as was knowledge of presenter. However, because the presentation was done in a home, the lighting was poor and slides were difficult to view.

    • :

      Thank you for your feedback! We are constantly striving to improve the quality of our courses and our presentations. We will work on these issues going forward.

  3. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This was a great way to access CEUs for minimal cost and amazing convenience! I’d recommend taking a course, just be sure to check the time offered in your area so you aren’t early or too late!

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is one of the best online ceu courses I have taken. The presenter is engaging and covered material at a great pace.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Great course with wonderful information for both professional and personal use.

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