Lactation/Breastfeeding Consultation

Seeing patients prenatally is proven to lead to more success with breastfeeding by providing specific education regarding the establishment & maintenance of their milk supply & a plan of care prior to birth. When seeing the birthing parent & baby postnatally, both go through a thorough assessment to determine any complications with breastfeeding.

With collaborative care as occupational & physical therapists, we are well equipped to address musculoskeletal issues with the birthing parent &/or baby. We can also assess & support developmental milestones & screen oral anatomy of the baby. We can also assess & treat common conditions of the birthing parent, such as carpal tunnel, De Quervain’s, neck pain, & other common conditions resulting from posture while breastfeeding.

Many of our physical therapists also have specific training on pelvic floor therapy, which can be helpful during & after pregnancy when dealing with conditions such as pelvic pain, back pain incontinence, & other issues related to pregnancy.

Our Certified Breastfeeding Specialists are trained in:

  • Education to support families during pregnancy & the prenatal period, through weaning
  • Teaching breastfeeding families in a group or individual setting
  • Conducting an assessment of parent & infant & devise an appropriate plan of care
  • Instructing in optimal feeding positions, latch, frequency, & parameters for infant output
  • Assessing tongue & lip ties or other complications that may affect breastfeeding
  • Assessing effective feeding & milk transfer in uncomplicated breastfeeding situations
  • Educating on maintaining a milk supply & appropriate storage guidelines
  • Working collaboratively with the rest of the baby/birthing parent’s health care team


Beth Meyer

Doctor of Physical Therapy, (DPT)


Diane DeWall

Occupational Therapist, (OT)

Knoxville Hospital and Clinics

Jess Nelson

Doctor of Physical Therapy, (DPT)

Indianola Physical Therapy

Katie Hersey

Occupational Therapist, (OT) and Certified Hand Therapist, (CHT)

Story County Medical Center

Laurie Andrews

Doctor of Physical Therapy, (DPT)

Van Diest Medical Center

Lisa Nerem

Physical Therapist Assistant, (PTA)


Natalie Theroux

Clinic Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)