LIFE SUCKS! An updated and extended breastfeeding, lactation and mother-infant support and osteopathy course


Welcome to my new and updated BREASTFEEDING AND LACTATION course.  Unlike the Mother and Baby Course (which covers loads of obstetrics, post partum, and general paediatrics up to one year) this course focuses exclusively on infant feeding, suck swallow, breathe dynamics, and breastfeeding aspects for mum and baby.  It covers a huge amount of content, loads of evidence, lots of research articles to access, discussions of outcomes, roles and boundaries, interprofessional dynamics, and many hours of lecture videos.  Other resources too and links to many other online videos and useful resources.  This course covers embryology, anatomy, physiology, loads of neurology for the somatic and the autonomic nervous systems, and covers bonding, function, primitive reflexes, intrauterine strain, infant pain, ti9ssue stress, the mechanics of feeding, aspects about the tongue, including tongue tie, the pharynx, chest and diaphragm plus loads of information about the infant head, throat, upper respiratory tract, the ventral fascias and more.  This will orient you to many aspects of the infant feeding story.  Suitable for midwives, lactation consultants, craniosacral therapists and body workers, as well as osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors.   Helpful for anyone wanting to be more informed about hands on care in support of the mother and infant dyad.

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This extended and updated course is aimed at osteopaths who have a strong interest in supporting the mother-infant dyad, and families and mums who are struggling with feeding their babies in some way, or with babies who are not establishing feeding.

Osteopaths have many special skills to apply in a clinical context, at this critical time – with babies often just days or weeks old.

Understanding the development of the infant, the transition phase and perinatal dynamics, how primitive reflexes are related to feeding success and how the anatomy of the head, neck, face and body interact with the emergent physiology of suck-swallow-breathe is also essential.

What is also important is to appreciate how birth, tissue irritation, strain, injury to both MUM and BABY can impact on feeding success by causing sensory motor challenges, stress within the arousal and state regulation mechanisms within the infant, and movement and motor challenges within the infant as this then helps osteopaths and similar hands-on practitioners determine a treatment plan or a referral pathway.

Mum also needs particular support, and issues for her involve recovery from birth, bonding and mental health issues, breast-care and milk supply and general restoration of body posture and global cavity restoration.

This course leads into a particular consideration of risks ethics, roles boundaries, consenting and evidence all of which need to be carefully considered when working with this special group of people.

Assessment techniques and approaches for hands on care are discussed.  Please note that technical competence cannot be gained from an online programme and so this course cannot credential you for competence on its own.

If you wish to take your training further after completing this course, please contact the College of Non Musculoskeletal Osteopathy ( where programmes that lead to a Certificate and can include practical sessions and clinical observation and practice are available in the near future.

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