Lactation Program Review: LEC’s Lactation Specialist Certification Course

Lactation Program Review: 

LEC Lactation Specialist Certification Course

Though Lactation Education Consultants (LEC)

Reviewer: Janice 

April 16, 2015

Year enrolled in Program: 2015

How long did it take you to complete the program?  1 week

Certification or Certificate Offered – Certified Lactation Specialist

Delivery of Program – In-person (see here for rotating locations of training)

See here for Topical Outline of Certification Course

Name of Instructor(s) – Jan Barger, Linda Kutner & Carol Peterson

Books & Materials Required – The textbook Counseling the Nursing Mother was recommended, but not required. A 730 page notebook was given to each participant. This resource manual included all the classroom PowerPoint presentations along with additional resources and an excellent reference section. A 730 page notebook was given to each participant. This resource manual included all the classroom PowerPoint presentations along with additional resources and an excellent reference section.

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $770.00, $720.00 (early bird)

# of L-CERPs, Nursing Contact Hours, CEUs, CPEs, etc. offered – 45 CERPs,  45 Nursing CEUs through the State of California Board of Registered Nursing

Do this program’s hours meet partial or full requirements for the IBCLC exam’s lactation specific training requirement?

Yes, as it provides 45 hours, it meets half of the 90 hour IBCLC lactation education requirement.

What did you like about the program?

  • The LEC Certified Lactation Specialist Course is designed to prepare the participant for the IBCLE Exam so all areas of lactation management are addressed.
  • The speakers have a wealth of practical knowledge as well as dynamic and thorough presentation of their topics.
  • I really enjoyed the ability to ask questions, and I made several new friends from around the country.

What would you change about the program? Absolutely nothing!

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

  • Because the course was presented over the course of one week, I was able to focus totally on the information presented.
  • Although the end of the week exam was challenging, I felt well prepared.

Would you recommend this program to others? 

  • I definitely recommend this course to others.
  • I have already seen advantages to becoming a CLS in my place of employment.
  • As a hospital RNC-OB, I use what I’ve learned in my daily practice.

Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again? Absolutely!

Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals? Yes. I am now considered one of our unit’s lactation staff, and soon will be assisting with prenatal breastfeeding classes.

Any additional comments you would like to add? Thank you, Jan, Linda, and Carol. You are an inspiration.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? Yes, every 5 years. Recertification can be done online.

Did you know that LEC offers other lactation training programs as well? See here for other courses and programs available.

Would you like to write a review of a Lactation Training Program that you’ve taken? If so, don’t be shy! You can access the review form directly from Galactablog. Or directly online via Google Forms here.

**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.


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