Supporting Sucking Skills Virtual Book Group

Join Barbara Robertson along with author Cathy Watson Genna to unlock the secrets of Supporting Sucking Skills in this virtual book group.

Do you want to unravel the mysteries of infants with feeding difficulties?

Barbara D. Robertson is joined by Cathy Watson Genna, the author of the book, to break this down for you. Having a structured format tends to move things from the "oh I should do that" to DONE.

For this group, we will be using Zoom and Thinkific, an online learning platform. On Thinkific you will see the required reading listed for each of our 9 live sessions and meetings. Session 3 is only going to be available as a recording due to travel issues.
Then you can join us for our nine live Zoom Meeting sessions to discuss the chapters and ask questions OR listen to each recorded Session at your leisure.

You do need to buy a copy of the 2023 Edition of this book that was released in Fall of 2022. Please start reading Chapter 1 now to prepare for our first meeting.

You will read the assigned chapters, attend OR watch the recording of the discussions of each session after the live session, review any supplemental materials, and then, if you registered for our 36 CERPs version, take the quiz at the end of each Session.

Each live Zoom meeting is two hours long.

You will have access to all the materials until September 30, 2024.


With 36 L-CERPs (Lactation Contact Hours have been applied for)
$249 - Regular price
$219- Early bird pricing (ends 3-9-24)

Just for fun (No L-CERPs)
$200 - Regular price
$179- Early bird pricing (ends 3-9-24)


Sundays, 2-4 PM ET
Session 1: March 24, 2024
Session 2: April 14, 2024
Session 3: April 21, 2024- Recording only due to travel!
Session 4: April 28, 2024
Session 5: May 5, 2024
Session 6: May 19, 2024
Session 7: June 2, 2024
Session 8: June 9, 2024
Session 9: July 7, 2024
Session 10: July 14, 2024

Summary of L-CERPs by IBCLC DCO Section
9 L-CERPs: Section I: Development and Nutrition
3.5 L-CERPs: Section II: Physiology and Endocrinology
8.5 L-CERPs: Section III: Pathology
0 L-CERPs: Section IV: Pharmacology and Toxicology
0.5 L-CERPs: Section V: Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology
4.5 L-CERPs: Section VI: Techniques
10 L-CERPs: Section VII: Clinical Skills
36 L-CERPs Total

Do you struggle with...

Discerning whether there is actually a problem that needs more intervention than just better latching and positioning help or the tincture of time?
Understanding where to start when exploring why the baby is causing pain, not getting enough milk, or not latching at all?
Knowing the best ways to help remedy these situations?
Sharing information about which professionals to refer to?
Identifying exactly what to try next?
Explaining which alternative ways of feeding babies might be best?

This virtual book group is for you.

Breastfeeding Mother

For this virtual book group you will need:

  1. The 2023 edition (released in fall of 2022) of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (You may use the 3rd Edition BUT so much has changed in these past years).
  2. A good computer (phones don't work as well for this type of meeting)
  3. To be tech-savvy and familiar with Zoom meetings
  4. About 4 hours per session (30-40 hours total), to read chapters and attend the Zoom meeting (or watch recording) of the discussion with Q and A. If you want CERPs, you'll also complete a quiz for each session.

What is a book group?

A book group is where a group of like-minded people get together after having read the same materials. Usually, they get together (often with a glass of wine) but during COVID groups are meeting virtually. This group can then have an informed discussion about those materials. Usually, the author of the book does not attend the meetings. The power of a book group is the collective knowledge, experience, and perspectives of its members. Each person's voice needs to be heard to form questions for discussion and to be able to analyze the materials.

We are honored to have the author Cathy Watson Genna (pictured) join us for ALL ten sessions.



Rules of Engagement for Questions

The Right - And Wrong - Way To Ask A Question

Remember that this book group is a group to expand our knowledge on the latest clinical practice and research on breastfeeding. This is not a time to give a specific scenario and get a plan of what to do for that family or yourself. We will answer one question per person and take as many questions as possible during our time together.

We’ve discovered that there are two ways to ask a question. The first way is to ask a question that relates to a concept, strategy or idea shared in the book group and frame it in a way where the answer can benefit the entire group. This method gets two thumbs up and wild cheers from everyone.

The other way is more self-serving. It’s when you ask a question that’s so specific to you and not connected to the curriculum, that it’s hard for anyone else to relate or get value.

This kind of question gets a sad face from us, and especially from your fellow students.

The moral of the story is, of course, to ask a question in a way that serves both you and our entire community.

There are a few ground rules here. Start with your full name and where you’re from. Please keep your questions as concise as possible. If we need more details or backstory, she’ll let you know.

It’s our intention that this time together will bring you incredible clarity, inspiration and motivation. Not to mention some as-close-to-in-person-as-possible fun! We know it’s a virtual program but we feel so connected to this community and we are passionately committed to helping you become more knowledgeable about how to help more nursing families.

Refund Policy / Terms & Conditions

Cancellation and Refund Policy: There are no refunds for this course.

Make-Up Policy: You will have until February 28, 2023 to complete the course. If you are not able to complete the course by the deadline, reach out to us to request an extension for a fee. Illness, family emergencies, and so on, are not our responsibility but we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your situation.

Completion Policy. In order to provide you with proof of having completed the L-CERPs and certificate requirements, you will need to complete all assignments and quizzes in their entirety. Should you become unable to complete a training you have started, the Make-Up Policy (above) will apply.

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