Lactation Program Review:
with Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate
Reviewer: Ericka, RN, IBCLC
January 28, 2015
Year enrolled in Program: 2013-2014
How long did it take you to complete the program? Approximately 6-8 months (but I took a very casual approach)
Certification or Certificate Offered – Breastfeeding Specialist certificate
Delivery of Program – Completely online
Name of Instructor – Vergie Hughes
Books & Materials Required – The textbook Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th Ed is required by LER. In my opinion, Core Curriculum For Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding Atlas were helpful as well.
Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $895
# of L-CERPs, Nursing Contact Hours, CEUs, CPEs, etc. offered – 90 L-CERPs, 90 Nursing Contact Hours and 90 CPE Level II.
Do this program’s hours meet partial or full requirements for the IBCLC exam’s lactation specific training requirement?
Yes, it meets the full 90 hour IBCLC lactation education requirement.
What did you like about the program?
- The program was very well organized
- The instructors were extremely responsive
- I felt very prepared for the IBCLE
What would you change about the program?
It would have been great to be able to listen to some of the presentations as podcasts while driving. You have to sit at the computer and click next slide. I am sure this is to make sure you actually completed the course though.
How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?
I usually worked on the classes during my lunch hour at work. My boss also allowed me to do slides in between clients at work. I was working full-time but managed to finish in 6-8 months (working on the program casually).
Would you recommend this program to others? Most certainly!
Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again? Yes!
Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals? Yes, I felt well prepared.
Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? No, we don’t have to recertify.
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**Disclaimer – The views and opinions expressed in this review are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Galactablog. It’s important to note that these views are not the only source of information about this particular lactation training program.