Lactation Consultant Training

vergieAre you looking to become a certified lactation consultant? 

We offer a comprehensive online course to prepare for the IBLCE certification exam.

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Baby Friendly Hospitals

lactationIs your facility following Baby-Friendly Hospital protocols? 

Our 20 hour program can train your staff on the 10 specific steps.

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CERPs & Continuing Education

onlineDo you need Nursing Contact Hours, CPEU's or CERPs for recertification?  

We offer a wide variety of online classes to meet your requirements.

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Latest Blog Post

Pick Low Hanging Fruit First
Those working towards the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative often find it is a complex, sometimes harder road, than they anticipated.  Picking some of the easy “low hanging fruit” and getting some early successes can help the staff working on this project move forward with enthusiasm. Implementing skin-to-skin care (Step 4) as one of the first strategies often does not meet with much resistance, and can yield impressive results in initiation of breastfeeding and patient satisfaction scores...
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Important Message RE: 90-Hour Certificate and Memorandum of Understanding

Please note: Do not send the IBLCE your Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) certificate. They must receive the 90-hour certificate describing your L-CERPs and total 90 hours. If you have a Certified Breastfeeding certificate, but not your 90-hour certificate, contact Wendy Lawrence at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
If you present the wrong certificate you will not be allowed to take the exam!

Register today for the More than the LATCH conference video and earn 11 L-CERPs, 11 Nursing Contact Hours and 11 CPEs! Lectures available through June 13.

Sponsored by Lactation Education Resources and HealthSource for Women, the 21st Annual More Than LATCH Conference conference offered informational sessions, educational and clinical training for women's health care professionals who provide breastfeeding advice to new mothers. Participants included inpatient and outpatient nursing/clinical staff, physicians, lactation consultants, nutritionists, midwives, health educators, and breastfeeding support volunteers. Click here for more information.

IBLCE Exam Review Course Enriched Has 21 New Lesson Videos

Our IBLCE Enriched Exam Review Course now has an additional 21 lesson videos for no additional fee. These lessons are taken from this years Exam Review Course held prior to the 21st Annual More Than LATCH Conference.

New Web Browser Recommendation for iPad and Android

Our updated browser recommendation for those students using an Apple iDevice (iPad, iPhone) or those using an Android phone or tablet is the Puffin browser and it is available here or from your App Store. This browser will deliver a better experience than the Photon web browser for these devices. Choose the paid version.

Check out our newest courses!
'Annual Update 2014' available here.

Learn about the latest research and current trends. Call the office at 443-203-8553 for Group Rates and registration!

'LBGTQI Community and Breastfeeding' available here.

Explore the unique needs of the LGBTQI community and how the lactation consultant can facilitate successful breastfeeding for these families.

Lactation Education Resources now has available IBLCE Required College Courses online. Click for more information.

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Our Core Values

We believe that every baby deserves breastmilk.
We believe that every mother deserves an empowering breastfeeding experience.

Our students are motivated to help mothers and babies achieve this goal.

Our training programs provide the education and techniques to train aspiring lactation consultants.

We adhere to the World Health Organization Code on Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

About Lactation Education Resources

Lactation Education Resources provides comprehensive online lactation consultant training for those who wish to become eligible for IBCLC certification. We are dedicated to providing high quality online lactation management training and innovative educational materials for professionals and for new parents online and onsite.

If you are wondering, “how do I become a certified lactation consultant” or you need L-CERPs for IBLCE recertification, we have training programs to meet your needs. Our IBCLC training is taught by more than 20 experienced instructors in a webcast format. Our courses follow the IBLCE exam blueprint. View our Where to Start information for more details.

Our program director is Vergie Hughes RN, MS, IBCLC, FILCA. She has been a lactation consultant for over 25 years, has served on the IBLCE Board of Directors and exam writing committee and has taught classes for both professionals and parents. She has worked in a variety of settings including labor and delivery, post-partum, hospital breastfeeding centers, private practice and milk bank as a clinician, researcher and teacher. She started the first Lactation Consultant Training Program on the East Coast in 1990. To learn more about us, click here.

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What Our Students Are Saying

Thank you so very much!  This has been a long (and sometimes frustrating) journey for me.  I want to thank you for the continued support and flexibility that enabled me to complete this great program.  I have already and will continue to recommend it to my fellow colleagues and friends.  Good luck and God bless you and the LER team now and in the future to come.

What a gift you have given me and such a blessing (you'll never know).  I have thoroughly enjoyed your courses and instructors.  As I told Vergie, I am thrilled to announce I passed my IBCLC test (whoa, what a difficult test!) and I did well to boot!  I studied a lot of different texts and took some classes from my work, but I would have to say your site was the one I used the most, which in turn helped me the most.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!  You're the very best!!!

I am taking another continuing ed course on the internet, for my lactation CERPS. At this point I have enough for the the recertification by CERPS.  I just want you to know that it does not compare at all to yours.  Yours was excellent.  Easy to understand, and the videos and youtube presentations made it come alive.  So keep up the good work, and when I need more CERPS I will definitely come your way.

I am currently working as a Certified Nurse-Midwife providing lactation support and consults on a daily basis. I decided to become a Certified Lactation Consultant and have been diligently working on the 90 hr- course. I would like to commend you for a superior program so far. I am truly quieted and humbled by all the information I did not know. The course is extremely organized and comprehensive. I know I will finish and be a more knowledgeable and prepared clinician. I cannot thank you enough. Gaye Ficarrotta CNM

May I say I am more than impressed with your on line course, great presentations and incredible support. I will highly recommend you to my colleagues.

I just wanted to post to say thank you for the incredibly helpful websites. The women I teach will benefit greatly from the information.

Thanks and hello, Vergie.  I hope that you and yours are well and thriving.  I always get a flash of pleasure when I think of the classes that I took with you.  I hope that you understand the impact that you make on your students, and how much your humanity shines into and inspires your teaching.

I really appreciate all the wonderful resources you provide via links to websites. There is so much information out there, and it helps so much to have some of it vetted by LER. I work in Public Health, so resources in other languages is really valuable. Thanks!

I've just successfully completed the final exam! What a fabulous class! Thanks so much for offering such a convenient and high quality option for obtaining lactation education!