Lactation Program Review:
with Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate
Reviewer: Dianna Castillo
February 22, 2015
Year enrolled in Program: 2013-2014
How long did it take you to complete the program? I completed the program in 6 months (but LER gives you 1 year to finish)
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.
Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $895 + book, so about $1,000
# 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 course covered almost everything I needed.
- I was able to listen to the lectures several times to catch things I may have missed the first time.
- I also printed the power points with the lecture slides to look over the material and take notes while listening to the lectures.
How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?
I have a full time job as an RN and a family. Looking back, I realized I waited too long to get started. I should have given myself the full year that LER allows. I was cramming at 6 months considering my busy schedule.
Would you recommend this program to others? Yes. It is a wonderful program. It prepared me very well.
Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again? Yes, definitely!
Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals? Yes. Everything was easily accessed from the Internet right from the program.
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. The Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate granted by LER is good for 5 years.
See here for more information on LER’s lactation training programs, along with comparison of similar lactation training programs.
**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.