Lactation Management Training: From Novice to Expert

Questions to ask of your lactation school.

How long is the course? How many continuing education credits are offered? LER offers a comprehensive, in-depth Enriched Lactation Consultant Training Course of 90 hours. This is required by the IBLCE for the certification exam.
Are their options for a course that grows as your career aspirations grow? 45 hours Core Phase I, 45 hours Core Phase II.
What approvals does the course have? LEAARC approval of our 90-hour course and LEAARC recognition of both of our 45 hour courses.
What certifications are offered? The Certified Breastfeeding Specialist CBS™ is granted at the completion of the course. It is good for 5 years. Students are encouraged to go forward to take the IBLCE certification exam when they are eligible.
How long has the course been offered? Since 1993.
First the course was offered as on-site course. With improving technology, it is now available as an on-line course.
What are the credentials of the course director? Vergie Hughes RN MS IBCLC FILCA. Vergie has been an IBCLC since 1985 when the first certification exam was offered and has worked in several hospitals, and opened her own private practice. She has also experience in milk banking and the NICU.
What are the credentials of the instructors? The 15+ instructors are selected for their clinical experience, expertise and teaching experience. Biographies for each instructor is available on the website here.
Are course descriptions available? The course syllabus are described on Course Syllabus PDF. The Scope of Practice for a CBS and IBCLC are on the right side of this page.
What are the instructional methods? Video web-cast (see the speakers slides, hear the speakers voice).
Students can print the course slides for note-taking Links to relevant websites are provided.
Text book reading assignments.
Micro-learning session (Live Interactive Lessons and LER Live! Sessions)
How extensive is the course? The 90 hour course covers all topics on the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline for the IBLCE certification exam.
Additionally taking the 45 Hour Core Phase I and Core Phase II courses will also cover all topics in the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline for the IBLCE certification exam.
Students are prepared to take the IBLCE certification exam and to begin practice as a novice lactation consultant.
Does the course support the lactation profession? The course offers a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist upon completion which is good for 5 years. However, all students are encouraged to take the IBLCE certification exam when they are eligible.
What does LER do to support diversity in students and instructors? LER has hired instructors from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. Courses such as Cultural Aspects of Lactation, Counseling Skills for the Lactation Consultant, Supporting the Breastfeeding Latina Mother, and LGBTQI Community and Breastfeeding address the specific care of clients from different backgrounds.
LER has published several blog entries on diversity issues. LER offers 5 Scholarships annually to those who will be working in under-served areas.
LER offers a discount based on the World Bank Economic Indicator for students from developing countries. Details on this page.
Are payment plans available? For those experiencing a financial hardship, students can enroll in the payment plan by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Are there other fees? No other fees. The course text book can be purchased separately.
Where do students get Clinical instruction? Clinical internships are available at 15 hospitals in the Washington DC and metro Baltimore area. Selected sites are available by Affiliation Agreement in other locations. Go to the clinical internship page.
Are sources for the required college courses provided? LER has affiliation agreements with 2 Online colleges where students can get the 6 required courses.
Does the course provide an exam? There are 5 question post-tests at the end of every module. There is a 100-question final exam at the end of the course. This exam may be repeated if necessary.
What happens after the course is completed? LER offers an Exam Review Course (discounted for LC training students) Facebook page for Exam Candidates with a question of the day and group discussion. Students are able to go back to any lesson they wish to review and study. Continuing education CERP courses like the 75 Hour Recertification Course and individual lessons are available for continuing certification after passing the IBLCE exam.
Can I get feedback from former students? Unsolicited comments from previous students are posted on our website Contact with former students can be arranged upon requests.
How do students and instructors interact? Students may call or email the LER office with questions. Students have access to the support network. Usually student questions are responded to within 1 business day. Student discussions are encouraged in Online Case Study presentations during "LER Live!" Sessions.
What are the completion requirements? All slides from the lessons must be viewed. Pass all post-tests must be answered at >80%. Pass the final exam must be completed at >80%. The final exam may be repeated for testing practice.
Is there a limit on class size? No, we can accommodate unlimited numbers of students on our computer servers.
Do classes start at specific times? No, students can enroll when they are ready and work at their own pace.
Is there a time limit on completing the lessons? Students work at their own pace. Access to the lessons is granted for 1 year. If additional time is needed, it can be purchased for a nominal fee.
Does the course support the WHO Code? Yes, LER fully supports the World Health Organization Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.