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.
here to submit your essay, we can't wait to hear all about it!
To develop and deliver learning opportunities in lactation and breastfeeding skills from novice to expert.
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.
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.
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 re-certification 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!