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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What Would Lactopia Look Like?
Let your imagination go wild!  What would the world look like if breastfeeding was ultimately supported? Every mother has breastfeeding education during pregnancy Pregnant women are encouraged to breastfeed by their friends and family and are offered positive stories All health care workers mention breastfeeding in a positive light Every maternity shop promotes breastfeeding bras, tops and night gowns All new mothers chose to breastfeed and plan on it for at least a year Every hospi...
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Important Notice to Our Students

Best wishes to our students who are preparing to take the IBLCE Exam this July!

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

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About Lactation Education Resources

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

What Our Students Are Saying

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!