Lactation Management Training: From Novice to Expert

How Can Lactation Consultants Access the COVID Vaccine?

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As the COVID vaccine is rolled out across the United States, many lactation consultants employed in hospitals, clinics, health departments, and other settings are already being offered the opportunity to be vaccinated through their employers. However, private practice lactation consultants who are self-employed are now wondering when they might hav...

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10 Things Lactation Consultants Need to Know About Engorgement

Engorgement
Breast engorgement … it’s a common problem, but did you know that it can also be very serious, even leading to loss of milk supply and failed breastfeeding? According to Nekisha Killings, MPH, CLC, IBCLC, RLC, engorgement is one of the most common yet least understood lactation challenges. Here, based on Killing’s Lactation Education Resources clas...

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Eight Tips For Planning Your IBLCE Exam Study Schedule

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Breastfeeding as a Non-Birthing Parent
You are planning to sit for the exam in April or September. How should you plan your study schedule? We asked Angela Love-Zaranka, BA, IBCLC, RLC LER’s Program Director to share her thoughts with us. Here, she shares some thoughts about how to study – and some common mistakes she sees people make. There’s so much material to cover! How can exam-tak...

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Why does it take so long to get my IBLCE exam results?

Breastfeeding as a Non-Birthing Parent
You sat the IBLCE exam recently, and are now counting the (many long) days until your exam results are available. Your friend who sat for her boards to become a registered nurse could access unofficial results in two days! We regularly get asked why it takes so long to get your results for the IBLCE exam, so we asked Angela Love-Zaranka, BA, IBCLC,...

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The IBCLC May Be Closer Than You Think!

IBLCE Exam Prep: Tips for Photo Questions
So many people who are excited about working in the lactation field begin by earning a certification like Certified Lactation Educator, Certified Lactation Specialist, Certified Lactation Counselor, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, LER’s own Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, or one of the many other “mid-level”, shorter lactation trainings out t...

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Breastfeeding as a Non-Birthing Parent: New Resources from Alyssa Schnell

Breastfeeding as a Non-Birthing Parent
A parent schedules a prenatal consult with you and explains, “I am expecting a baby via surrogate, and I’m interested in inducing lactation. But I’m not really interested in taking medication. Is it still possible?” Or a parent who is planning to adopt says, “I’d love to induce lactation. I could be matched with a baby tomorrow and bring them home ...

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IBLCE Exam Prep: Tips for Medication Questions

IBLCE Exam Prep: Tips for Photo Questions
IBLCE Exam Prep: Tips for Medication Questions For those of us who are preparing for the IBLCE exam this September, especially those without a medical background, the medication questions can be particularly nerve-wracking. In this blog post, Angela Love-Zarenka, IBCLC, RLC shares tips for demystifying this part of the exam.Start by understanding t...

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IBLCE Exam Prep: Tips for Photo Questions

IBLCE Exam Prep: Tips for Photo Questions
Angela Love-Zaranka has been involved in lactation education for many years, and has an insider’s take on the IBCLC exam: in the past, she helped write the exam for IBLCE. Here, she shares some thoughts about studying for some of the challenging parts of the exam, and how you can plan your studying now to avoid stress later! Check back at LER blog ...

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How Human Milk “Programs” Babies . . . And Parents!

How Human Milk Programs Babies and Parents
Epigenetics is a hot topic these days and discussed more and more in the lactation world - but what IS it? Why is it relevant to the perinatal period? And as experts in lactation, how should we understand and explain the role human milk might play in “programming” the epigenome?Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CLD is an experienced lactation co...

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Guest Blog: Why Did I Become a Lactation Consultant by Gail Duilio

When I was pregnant with my first girl, I started reading about breastfeeding and its benefits where I joined also a breastfeeding group on Facebook. Gradually I get attached to the idea till I welcomed my baby girl where I breastfed her exclusively for 2 years and the breastfeeding journey was repeated with my second girl and still breastfeeding h...

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Think you “can’t” counsel parents with HIV? New resource for providing evidence-informed lactation support.

You get a call from a prenatal client who discloses that she is living with HIV. She asks you whether she can safely breastfeed her baby. Do you know how to answer? On a new client history form, a mother includes antiretroviral therapy (ART) on her medication list. She tells you she is feeding her baby her milk but would like to also feed formula. ...

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Statement of Solidarity

Image credit NPR Many watched in agony as George Floyd was mercilessly killed at the hands of police last week. He’s one of the most recent in an untold number of Black Americans whose lives were cut short by state-sanctioned violence since this country’s inception. The list includes the enslaved, the free… the old, the young…in all walks of life.....

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Are you ready? Six questions for assessing your community's readiness to provide infant feeding support in emergencies

Is your community ready to support infant and young child feeding in emergencies? The emergence of COVID-19 has shone a light on the need for advance planning to ensure the wellbeing of the youngest people during natural and man-made disasters.Here are six questions to explore in your community: Can your community define IYCF-E?IYCF-E stands for “i...

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Letter From Vergie

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Dear LER community member: As we move into 2020, I want to take this opportunity to catch you up on changes for me, Doug, and the Lactation Education Resources (LER) community. As you may know, Doug and I retired this year. After more than 30 years of educating future lactation consultants, we are grateful for the opportunity to enjoy this new phas...

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