Sheela Rath Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, FAAP

Medical Director, Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-2526

Fax 513-636-4402


Breastfeeding; breast milk pumping; human milk banking; multiple births
Sheela R. Geraghty, MD, is a general pediatrician and lactation consultant. Dr. Geraghty is the medical director for the Cincinnati Children’s Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic. Dr. Geraghty’s research and clinical practice focuses on barriers to successful breastfeeding.

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.

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Keim SA, Boone K, Oza-Frank R, Geraghty SR. Pumping milk without ever feeding at the breast in the Moms2Moms Study. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2017;12(7):422-429. 

Young BE, Patinkin Z, Pyle L, Davidson BS, Geraghty SR, Morrrow AL, Krebs NF. Markers of oxidative stress in human milk do not differ by maternal BMI but are related to infant growth trajectories. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2017;21(6):1367-1376.

Weisband YL, Keim SA, Keder LM, Geraghty SR, Gallo MF. Early breast milk pumping intentions among postpartum women. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2017;12(1):28-32.

Oza-Frank R, Moreland JJ, McNamara K, Geraghty SR, Keim SA. Early lactation and infant feeding practices differ by maternal gestational diabetes history. Journal of Human Lactation. 2016;32(4):658-665. 

Boone KM, Geraghty SR, Keim SA. Feeding At the Breast and Expressed Milk Feeding: Associations with Otitis Media and Diarrhea in Infants. Journal of Pediatrics. 2016;174:118-125.

O’Sullivan EJ, Geraghty SR, Rasmussen KM. Informal human milk sharing: A qualitative exploration of the attitudes and experiences of mothers. Journal of Human Lactation. 2016;32(3):416-24.  

Keim SA, McNamara K, Kwiek JJ, Geraghty SR. Drugs of Abuse in Human Milk Purchased via the Internet. Breastfeed Med. 2015;10(9):416-8.

Klag EA, McNamara K, Geraghty SR, Keim SA. Associations between breast milk feeding, introduction of solid foods, and weight gain in the first 12 months of life. Clinical Pediatrics. 2015;54(11):1059-67.

Geraghty SR, McNamara K, Kwiek JJ, Rogers LK, Klebanoff MA, Augustine MS, Keim SA. Tobacco metabolites and caffeine in human milk purchased via the Internet. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2015;10(9):419-24.

Keim SA, Kulkarni M, McNamara KA, Geraghty SR, Billock R, Ronau R, Hogan JS, Kwiek JJ. Cow’s milk contamination of human milk purchased via the internet. Pediatrics. 2015;135(5):e1157-62.