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CERPs (“Continuing Education Recognition Points”) are special education points for lactation consultants. One CERP is equivalent to sixty (60) minutes of instructional time in subjects listed on the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline. Programs that offer CERPs will mention it in their ads. You can get CERPs from events or online classes. For more information, visit the IBLCE website here.

There are three types of CERPs:

L-CERPs are for education specifically for lactation consultants

Examples include:

  • Breast anatomy in relation to lactation
  • Clinical skills for IBCLCs
  • Clinical documentation for IBCLCs
  • Influence of culture on breastfeeding
  • The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding management
  • Breastfeeding research
  • Nutrition during lactation
  • L-CERPs available from LER can be found here

E-CERPs are for education on ethics related to IBCLC practice.

Examples include:

  • Practice ethics for lactation consultants
  • Informed Consent
  • Health workers and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes
  • Conflict of interest
  • Knowing your limits; when to refer
  • Human rights and infant feeding choice
  • Dealing with a colleague whose practice is not based on scientific principles and up-to-date information
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • E-cerps available from LER can be found here
R-CERPs are for education related to lactation but not specifically for lactation consultants.

Examples include:

  • General anatomy
  • Infant growth and development
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Cultural differences in health practices
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Postpartum depression
  • Counseling or communications skills
  • Adult education principles
  • Family dynamics
  • Infant Massage Practices
  • Nutrition (if not lactation-specific)
  • Complementary therapies (overview sessions only)

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