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Medical Director, Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

My Biography & Research


The difficulties I experienced in breastfeeding my three children inspired me to learn how to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. I know that families want what is best for their own children, and I promise to do what I can to help them.

I have always loved children, especially babies. During my pediatric residency, I wanted to find a way to help mothers with their babies. That’s why I sought further training to become a lactation consultant.

I work as a pediatrician in the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s, a job I’ve held since 1999. I care for children from birth to 18 years of age. As an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant certificant, I also specialize in providing breastfeeding support. I serve as the medical director for the Cincinnati Children’s Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic. I help mothers with breastfeeding in the primary care pediatric setting and through referrals to the Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic.

When I help a mother breastfeed, I listen closely to her feelings about breastfeeding. My care philosophy is one of shared decision-making. It is important for me to be nonjudgmental and help each mother determine what is best for her and her baby. I try to empower every mother by teaching her the skills that she needs to meet her breastfeeding goals using an evidenced-based approach.

I want breastfeeding mothers to know that they can bring their baby to the Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic for help at any time. Mothers do not need a referral. They can just call for an appointment. We see mothers and babies together during the clinic visit and then determine what is needed to make breastfeeding as successful as possible.

My research focuses on obstacles to successful breastfeeding. I work with colleagues throughout the country to determine the best care for breastfeeding mothers and babies. We scientifically study the health outcomes for babies when they are unable to latch and are fed pumped breast milk. Babies are fed breast milk in a variety of ways. I want to help them be the healthiest that they can be.

Here’s a fact about me: My husband and I have college-aged triplets.

Research Interests

Breastfeeding; breast milk pumping; human milk banking; multiple births

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

General and Community Pediatrics, Primary Care, Perinatal

Research Divisions

General and Community Pediatrics

My Locations

My Education

BS: Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1995.

Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 1995-1998.

Chief Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI, 1998-1999.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2003.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2016; International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 2016.

My Publications

Information Available Online That Answers Common Questions about Breast Pumping: A Scoping Review. Castro-Blanco, KA; Marks, RM; Geraghty, SR; Felice, JP; Rasmussen, KM. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2020; 15:689-697.

Comparing Alternative Breast Milk Feeding Questions to US Breastfeeding Surveillance Questions. O'Sullivan, EJ; Geraghty, SR; Cassano, PA; Rasmussen, KM. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2019; 14:347-353.

Parental intuitive eating behaviors and their association with infant feeding styles among low-income families. Khalsa, AS; Woo, JG; Kharofa, RY; Geraghty, SR; DeWitt, TG; Copeland, KA. Eating Behaviors. 2019; 32:78-84.

Awareness and prevalence of human milk sharing and selling in the United States. O'Sullivan, EJ; Geraghty, SR; Rasmussen, KM. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2018; 14 Suppl 6:e12567-e12567.

Case 4: Diffuse rash in a 2-month-old girl. Dean, P; Geraghty, SR; Real, FJ. Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics. 2018; 39:214-215.

The evolution of breast pumps and bottles and a revolution in infant feeding. Felice, JP; Rasmussen, KM; Geraghty, SR. Bottle-Feeding: Perceptions, Practices, and Health Outcomes. 2018.

The Meaning of "Breastfeeding " Is Changing and So Must Our Language About It. Rasmussen, KM; Felice, JP; O'Sullivan, EJ; Garner, CD; Geraghty, SR. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2017; 12:510-514.

Pumping Milk Without Ever Feeding at the Breast in the Moms2Moms Study. Keim, SA; Boone, KM; Oza-Frank, R; Geraghty, SR. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2017; 12:422-429.

Human milk expression as a sole or ancillary strategy for infant feeding: a qualitative study. O'Sullivan, EJ; Geraghty, SR; Rasmussen, KM. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2017; 13:e12332-e12332.

"Breastfeeding " but not at the breast: Mothers' descriptions of providing pumped human milk to their infants via other containers and caregivers. Felice, JP; Geraghty, SR; Quaglieri, CW; Yamada, R; Wong, AJ; Rasmussen, KM. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2017; 13:e12425-e12425.