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Breastfeeding Conditions - Princeton, NJ - August 22-23, 2020 (RESCHEDULED)

Update 05/20/2020: As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, this course has been postponed. Once we have a new date confirmed, we will update our website and make the event available for registration. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please practice good hygiene, and be safe!

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

This two-day continuing education course is designed for the pelvic rehab therapist and provides a thorough introduction to the physiology of the lactating breast, dysfunction and treatment interventions, and the physical therapist’s role in breastfeeding and pumping support.

Participants will learn to assess and treat breast inflammation and pain such as mastitis, blocked ducts, milk blebs, and cracked nipples. They will understand when to refer to other health professionals and be able to clearly communicate the role of physical therapy during lactation.

Evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Lecture topics will include the anatomy and physiology of lactation, blocked ducts and mastitis, and breast pain through a biopsychosocial lens. During labs, participants will have the opportunity to systematically assess the breast and practice therapeutic breast massage and manual milk expression.


This continuing education course is targeted to the pelvic health physical therapist. Non-pelvic physical therapists are welcome to register bearing in mind that some concepts may require additional reading and preparation.


Prerequisites: None


Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions, goals and objectives
8:30 History & context of breastfeeding
9:30 Break
9:45 Breast anatomy & physiology
11:00 Conditions affecting the lactating breast
11:45 Case overview
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Assessment lab part 1 (History taking)
2:00Assessment lab part 2 (Morphology, observation, surface anatomy, palpation)
3:30 Case review & discussion
4:30 Adjourn


Day Two:
8:00 Questions from Day 1
8:15 Treatment principles
10:00 Break
10:15 Treatment principles continued
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Treatment lab part 1 (Therapeutic breast massage & connective tissue)
2:00 Treatment lab part 2 (Hand expression)
3:00 Finish cases & clinical decision making
3:30 Scope of practice, clinical logistics
4:30 Adjourn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to::

1. Describe the physical therapist’s role in breastfeeding suppor
2. Discuss the physiology and anatomy of the lactating breast
3. Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills for the assessment of breast inflammation and nipple pain
4. Demonstrate a physical therapy evaluation of the lactating breast
5. Review clinical guidelines for mastitis and breast pain
6. Establish an evidence-based, individualized treatment plan for breast conditions
7. Practice physical therapy techniques for treating the lactating breast: therapeutic breast massage and connective tissue stretch
8. Identify when to refer to other healthcare providers
9. List the hygiene, protection, and safety considerations for handling bodily fluids

  Name Street Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Princeton Healthcare System

1315 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd
outpatient clinic Suite 100,
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Recommended Lodging

Residence Inn by Marriott Hamilton

559 Route 130 North,
Hamilton, 08620
Nearest Airport

Newark International Airport
Airport Code: EWR

3 Brewster Rd,
Newark, NJ 07114


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Mercedes Eustergerling, BKin, MPT, MHM, IBCLC

Mercedes Eustergerling, BKin, MPT, MHM, IBCLC

Mercedes is a women’s health physical therapist and the founder of Vida Health & Wellness in Calgary, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, a post-graduate certificate in pain management from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Health Management from McMaster University.

Mercedes has unique experience in physical therapy for breastfeeding support and is an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She helps families to meet their feeding goals through the lens of a physical therapist, using principles from the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, and chronic pain.

Evidence-based healthcare is important to Mercedes and in addition to her clinical role, she conducts research to better inform her practice. Her current work examines the precursors to lactation mastitis and the role of the nervous system in breast pain.

Mercedes started sharing her passion for breastfeeding support in physical therapy at the annual Pelvic Health Solutions symposium. She has taught webinars, in-person courses, and physical therapy students on the topic.

Outside of the clinic, Mercedes enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid knitter, weightlifter, dancer, and swimmer.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code 2020Student. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".