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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Rasmussen KM, Felice JP, O'Sullivan EJ, Garner CD, Geraghty SR. The Meaning of "Breastfeeding" Is Changing and So Must Our Language About It. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Nov;12(9):510-514.

Felice JP, Geraghty SR, Quaglieri CW, Yamada R, Wong AJ, Rasmussen KM. "Breastfeeding" without baby: A longitudinal, qualitative investigation of how mothers perceive, feel about, and practice human milk expression. Matern Child Nutr. 2017 Jul;13(3).

Felice JP, Geraghty SR, Quaglieri CW, Yamada R, Wong AJ, Rasmussen KM. "Breastfeeding" but not at the breast: Mothers' descriptions of providing pumped human milk to their infants via other containers and caregivers. Matern Child Nutr. 2017 Jul;13(3). 

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.