Lactation Program Review:
with Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate
December 10, 2015
Year enrolled in Program: 2015
How long did it take you to complete the program? 9 months
Certification or Certificate Offered – Breastfeeding Specialist certificate
Delivery of Program – Completely online
Books & Materials Required – The textbook Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th Ed is required by LER. Materials are all online power point presentations and lectures.
Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $716
# 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?
- It’s online!
- You have up to 12 months to complete it.
- No schedule to follow.
- Clinical video modules were more helpful and clinical scenarios were useful.
What did you dislike about the program?
- The lectures were outdated and sometimes had misinformation.
- The main mode of education was clicking through slides with little to no interaction. Had to click for every single slide, which was annoying.
- No workbook or actual assignments.
- Content was moderate. I felt I learned as much from LER’s training as from my La Leche League (LLL) training.
What would you change about the program?
- Update the lectures.
- Need to have innovative content delivery and improved interaction with varied delivery mode.
- Incorporate better accountability for the student. It’s easy to just click through slides and not get much out of it. This sets a low bar for expectations in lactation education.
How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?
Not rigorous. Easily completed at night after kids in bed.
Would you recommend this program to others?
Not really. I just don’t think I got that much out of it other than the “check mark” of having completed the 90 hours. I think it needs updating and needs to require students to learn and work a little more.
Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again?
No. Wish I had done the Childbirth International (CBI) program. It takes longer and requires more, but I think it has more accountability with an actual person following your progress. I would have learned more instead of just clicking mindlessly through slides.
Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals?
Yes- I got my 90 hours, but I don’t feel I learned terribly much, which is sad.
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.