Lactation Consultant Training

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

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Baby Friendly Hospitals

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

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CERPs & Continuing Education

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

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Latest Blog Post

A Breastfeeding Tale of Four Cities Part 3: West
Continuing our series on the landscape of breastfeeding in the US, we’re shifting our focus westward to Oakland, California. We’ll quickly assess the challenges that exist, then highlight a lactation support group that is working to close gaps and reach families in innovative ways. While it’s true that no other area is consistently underperforming as significantly as the South when compared to the CDC’s Breastfeeding Score Card, there is room for improvement in every direction. This is true eve...
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IBLCE Exam Chat
Sunday, March 26th, 2017
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  Lactation Education Resources is committed to furthering diversity in the field of lactation support and in increasing access to lactation education. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), ability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or socio-economic status.


How to Choose a Lactation Course

There are important considerations when choosing an educational institution. ILCA has developed a series of questions to help you choose a quality course.


Guest Blog: Why Did I Become an LC?

We know you all have great stories about your experiences being or working toward becoming a lactation consultant. Now we've created a forum for you to share your stories with others. We invite you to write a maximum 100-word essay on who or what influenced you and what experiences encouraged you to enter the rewarding field of lactation consulting.

 Submit Your Entry Here here to submit your essay, we can't wait to hear all about it!



Our Mission
To develop and deliver learning opportunities in lactation and breastfeeding skills from novice to expert.

Our Vision
To contribute to the health of mothers and infants by training breastfeeding supporters to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.

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.


What Our Students Are Saying

I just wanted to say thank you for providing such excellent BF CPE courses at an affordable price and easily accessible, professional format. I am very impressed and pleased with the caliber of instruction and education given and look forward to applying these principles in my work with BF moms.

I love the course offerings and can’t wait to do more. They are so varied and interesting!!!!! Melissa

I just finished Vergie's lecture, “Supporting the Employed Breastfeeding Mother," and I am motivated and inspired! Vergie, you supplied an absolute wealth of information in this lecture. EMS week is next week, and I am so happy to report that for breastfeeding mothers in our local air/ground ambulance company, it should be a great week indeed, as they will soon be implementing a new breastfeeding friendly workplace guideline (which brings mothers off their ambulance and back to the EMS headquarters to safely express milk undisturbed). Can you imagine that? I was able to use this great information to assist in this effort, and will also be using Vergie's suggestions to help develop/improve a pumping room for these EMS moms, which will include brand new spare pump parts, a brand new spare hand pump, spare bottles and bags, breastfeeding reading material, handouts (pumping, let down, for caregivers, etc.), a mirror to adjust their uniforms, a spare ice pack, a spare milk storage bag, sanitizer and dish soap, samples of nipple creams and pump sanitizer wipes, and more. Thanks for the information and motivation Vergie - as you can tell, I enjoyed my self-assigned "homework project!”

I just want you to know how much I am enjoying the curriculum presentations for the Lactation Consultant Training program. Although I have been a Mother-Baby RN for 30 years, I am always amazed when I learn new concepts and techniques for patient care and communication. I am anticipating a great “pass” when I take the exam in 2016; this is great material for preparation.