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

In Memory of Miriam Labbok MD MPH IBCLC
We, along with breastfeeding supporters around the world, mourn the passing of Miriam Labbok MD, MPH, IBCLC. Miriam was a friend and supporter at the inception of our Lactation Consultant Training Course at Georgetown University Hospital in 1990.  Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked closely with her in those early years, know of her influence on the breastfeeding world. Those who come to this work in the future will not know her personally, but will also be strengthened by h...
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4th Annual Scholarship

Five scholarships will be sponsored by LER, and one partially funded by the Lactation Consultant Association of Greater Washington. The scholarships will cover full tuition for the LER 90 hour Enriched Lactation Consultant Training Program.

Diversity is a big concern in the lactation field and LER would like to do its part to train IBCLCs who will be providing services to those who would otherwise have difficulty accessing breastfeeding support.

Winners will have a full year to complete the on-line training course and any other requirements for the IBLCE certification Exam.

Application deadline was midnight Sunday, August 1, 2016 and winners will be announced Sept 1, 2016.

22nd Annual More Than LATCH Conference!

Couldn't attend in person this year? We are making this available on our site for a limited time. Please follow this link for more information and to enroll! Target audience includes inpatient and outpatient nursing/clinical staff, physicians, lactation consultants, nutritionists, midwives, health educators, and breastfeeding support volunteers.

NICU Course!

Breastfeeding the NICU Infant now available! 11 L-CERPS, 11 Nursing Contact Hours and 11 CPE's for $129. Access for one full year. Click here for details.

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!

New Web Browser Recommendation for iOS and Android

We have just completed a major revision to all of our courses. If the course or lesson ends with html5, you can use your iPad or Android device with the Chrome web browser.  If the course or lesson does not end in html5 you will need to use the Puffin web browser to view the lessons which are Adobe Flash content. It is available here or from your App Store. This browser will deliver a better experience than the Photon web browser for these devices. Feedback from our students states that the paid version works best.

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


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.

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!