The Anatomy of Breastfeeding

Tuition: $79
Hours: 4


Course Description

"When breastfeeding challenges occur, sometimes the problem is not with the mother’s technique, but rather with the baby himself-  barriers within the alignment and tone of his body causing abnormal function and preventing normal breastfeeding". This four hour course provides a useful background of Human Lactation as well as basic breastfeeding pathologies in the scope of a Lactation consultant in order to collaborate for the best integrative care.  You will also learn the causes of pathology as well as real life case studies and research.   Dr. Gerner dives into very detailed and specific cranial, spinal, muscular and dural anatomy relating to the breastfeeding infant as well as the long term neurological consequences of these untreated subluxation patterns.  Included are charts and video demonstrations designed to be very practical and useful to you in your daily pediatric practice.


The learner’s time spent studying and participating in the course is tracked electronically.  A formal multiple-choice examination is administered at the termination of the course materials.  There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class.  The learner must receive a score of 80% of the total possible points and log at least four hours to receive credit for the course.  Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.



  1. Introductions
  2. Speaker background
  3. Logistics
  4. Learning Objectives
  5. Breast (chest) feeding- Why it is so important
  6. Nutritional superiority
  7. Neurological and emotional benefits for baby and parent
  8. The infant gut biome
  9. Worldwide impact- both global benefits and racial disparity


  1. The Collaborative Approach
  2. Common breastfeeding challenges as seen by the IBCLC
  3. Overview of Lactation consultant practices and language
  4. Overview of a LC physical exam (to be incorporated by the DC)
  5. The Cause of Cranial Imbalance- The Birth Process
  6. Pelvis anatomy/alignment in relationship to birth outcome
  7. Research study of birth and cranial modeling


  1. “Nitty Gritty Anatomy” in relationship to Breast(chest)feeding
  2. The cranial bones and surrounding structures
  3. Individual cranial anatomy
  4. How they all interact together


  1. Cranial Nerves specific to Breast(chest)feeding
  2. XII- Hypoglossal- tongue control
  3. IV- Glossopharyngeal- Larynx control
  4. Dural System and the role of CSF Fluid
  5. X- Vagus- parasympathetic input and digestion


After completing this four hour course, the student will walk away with a knowledge of:

  • The biology of human lactation.
  • The nutritional, emotional, and world-wide importance of breastfeeding.
  • The IBCLC (lactation consultant) assessment process and role in lactation.
  • The anatomy and physiology of the cranium, spine, muscular, nerve and dural systems in     relation to breastfeeding function.
  • The clinical applications of normal and pathological function for all structures.
  • The developmental and neurological implications of abnormal function.
  • Collaboration with other birth professionals in order to give/receive referrals for lactation support.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.