Lactation Program Review: Lactation Education Resources (LER) Lactation Consultant Training Program & Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate

Lactation Program Review: 

Lactation Education Resources (LER)

Lactation Consultant Training Program

with ‘ Certified Breastfeeding Specialist’ Certificate (CBS)

Reviewer: Anonymous

Submitted July 12, 2018
Published November 12, 2018

Year enrolled in Program: 2016-2018

How long did it take you to complete the program? 2 years from start of coursework and clinical hours to taking and passing the IBCLC exam

Certification or Certificate Offered‘Certified Breastfeeding Specialist’ (CBS) certificate. See here for a detailed course syllabus.

Name of Instructor(s) – Reviewer did not answer. Editor’s Note: See here – pg. 4 for complete list of LER Faculty Members.

Delivery of Program – Combination of In-Person and Online Delivery: Online delivery for 90 hours of lactation education and IBCLC exam prep course and In-Person for the 500 hour Clinical Internship program.

Books & Materials Required – Reviewer did not answer. Editor’s Note: LER recommends these books for its courses.

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $2,000+ (this includes the 90 hours of lactation education + 500 clinical hours through LER’s Internship program + the exam review prep course).

See here for listings and cost of various lactation training programs offered by LER. See here for detailed description and costs of LER’s Clinical Hours Internship program. See here for detailed description and costs of exam review prep classes.

# of L-CERPs, Nursing Contact Hours, CEUs, CPEs, etc. offered – 90 L-CERPs, 90 Nursing Contact Hours and 90 CPE Level II.

Editor’s Note: If you don’t need all 90 hours, LER also has an option that offers 45 L-CERP’s, 45 Nursing Contact Hours and 45 CPE’s. See here for more details and pricing.

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 and I also received 500 clinical hours needed to qualify the clinical hour component required for the IBCLE exam as well.

What did you like about the program?

  • Able to complete coursework at your own pace and whenever it works for you.
  • You can print out all of the power points and there are tons of resources available.
  • The Internship program was so thorough and detailed, absolutely invaluable. It was easy to reach someone for help whenever needed.
  • The Facebook group is very helpful.
  • The exam review course is also thorough. I passed the exam first time -even now after already passing my exam, I am watching LER’s live webinars and still learning new information.

What did you dislike about the program?  I can’t think of anything! Maybe the cost, but it was worth it and my employer covered some of the costs.

What would you change about the program? Just in the 2 years I’ve been a part of this program, they have introduced several new ways to learn. There is always something new. I wouldn’t change anything.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program? I completed the program from start to finish (start meaning the 90 hour course work and finish to receiving my exam results) in 2 years while working full time, being pregnant and having a newborn. It was hard and time-consuming but I’m glad I pushed through.

Would you recommend this program to others?  Highly. To me, it is the gold standard. In the professional world, everyone knows LER. You will be prepared for the exam and also clinical practice at the end.

Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again? 100%

Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals?  100%! I couldn’t have done it without LER.

Any additional comments? I just want to thank LER and all of the instructors. My experience is the foundation for my practice and I wouldn’t be where I am now as an IBCLC without the program.

Does this particular program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? The ‘Certified Breastfeeding Specialist’ credential obtained from LER is valid for 5 years.

For the IBCLC credential, we have to recertify every 5 years (via CERPs or retaking the IBCLC exam) and every 10 years (via retaking the exam).

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 online via Google Forms here.

See here for more information on LER’s lactation training programs, along with a comparison of similar lactation training programs.

**Disclaimer – The views and opinions expressed in this review are those of the reviewer and do not reflect those of Galactablog. In order to remain objective and unbiased, Galactablog does not endorse or associate with any particular Lactation Training program. It is the reader’s responsibility to confirm program details (cost, dates, # of hours offered, program requirements, etc.) with the program itself.

It’s also important to note that these views are not the only source of information about this particular lactation training program. See here for more program details in addition to a comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs. If you’re interested in Lactation Training Programs that offer a clinical practice component, see here.

Freebie Friday: 6 FREE presentations from iLactation


iLactation is generously offering FREE access to 6 different presentations which cover a wide array of lactation topics. You can view the list of FREE presentations offered here. There’s a terrific line up of speakers and fascinating topics, so don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity.


***Disclaimer: CERPs are NOT offered for the free presentations, but you WILL gain free knowledge and resources, which is priceless. Certificates of attendance ARE offered for each presentation and these are FREE. You can use the certificate of attendance to claim for the minutes/hours you’ve spent on the individual CERPs. See here for how to do this and scroll down to ‘May I use continuing education that has not been awarded CERPs?’ for specific details.


If you are in need of CERPs or just interested in hearing more lactation-related presentations, check out iLactation’s 13th annual online breastfeeding conference. This year, iLactation’s online breastfeeding conference: “Inform • Improve • Impact,” is offering 18+ CERPs. You can view the ‘Rock Stars of Lactation’™ line-up here.  But hurry up, it’s only online until November 30,2018.


Inform • Improve • Impact
Online breastfeeding conference
Online until Nov 30, 2018

 


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Lactation Program Review: Healthy Children’s Lactation Counselor Training Course & CLC Certification

Lactation Program Review: 

Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding’s  

Lactation Counselor Training Course

By Anonymous, CLC, ALC &IBCLC

Submitted December 25, 2017
Published on November 4, 2018

How long did it take you to complete the program? 5 days

Certification or Certificate Offered – Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Delivery of Program – In-person

Books & Materials Required – The Pocket Guide for Lactation Management by Karin Cadwell, 2nd edition (can be purchased on Amazon from about $25-$35 or purchased at class for $55). A course guide with an outline of all instruction along with a resource appendix is free and included in course costs.

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $600-800

# of L-CERPs, Nursing Contact Hours, CEUs, CPEs, etc. offered – 45 Nursing contact hours, L-CERPs, CPEs; 4.5 CEUs for CNMs

Do this program’s hours meet partial or full requirements for the IBCLC exam’s lactation specific training requirement?  Yes, partial hours (it meets 45 of the required 90 hours of lactation education).

What did you like about the program?

  • Gave a good basic knowledge to answer questions of the pregnant or nursing mother.
  • Gives the CLC a good starting range of information on many aspects of lactation.
  • Allows an RN or other medical professionals to add to their current knowledge base and support breastfeeding.

What did you dislike about the program?

  • This is a basic knowledge course, it does not actually teach enough to start a practice to assist a mother who is struggling or has a special need. This is enough information to hold a support group or discuss basic questions about lactation.
  • The CLC scope of practice is very muddled and unclear. The instructors will not discuss comparison to IBCLC and make it clear that they feel their teaching is equivalent and encourage private practice. See here for Healthy Children’s comparison paper between CLCs and IBCLCs.

What would you change about the program?

  • Be more understanding and informative that this is a basic knowledge course and does not give the amount of information needed, the scope, or the ability for a CLC to start a practice to help mothers with problems concerning lactation and instead gives the ability to answer basic questions for “normal” cases only.
  • The CLC would be excellent for those looking to answer questions about lactation for pregnant mothers or hosting in support group settings. Advanced, specific, or “abnormal” individualized patient care should be referred to an IBCLC. The scope and ability must be set very clearly and not over exaggerated.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

  • Extremely, the exam is comprehensive and involves a great deal of information that may have only been given a brief allotment of time to be taught.
  • Participants should understand that they should study the information they were taught each day after the course time.

Would you recommend this program to others?

Yes, depending on their intentions in the field and their prior knowledge base.

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

I would. This was a great starting point for my path to IBCLC.

Do you feel the course and/or certification helped you obtain your goals?

  • I do, it gave a good amount of basic knowledge.
  • Overall this was a good stepping stone and would encourage it as such.
  • I do not recommend taking only the CLC if intending to private practice helping mothers with lactation problems.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? Yes, every 3 years. Recertification requires 18 hours of continuing education.

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 reflect those of Galactablog. In order to remain objective and unbiased, Galactablog does not endorse or associate with any program in particular. It is the reader’s responsibility to confirm program details (cost, dates, # of hours offered, program requirements, etc.) with the program itself. It’s also important to note that these views are not the only source of information about this particular lactation training program. See here for more program details on Healthy Children’s Lactation Counselor Training Course, along with a comparison of similar Lactation Training Programs. If you’re interested in Lactation Training Programs that offer a clinical practice component, see here.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: “Nutritional Support of the VLBW Infant” Free Toolkit

Do you help support Very Low Birthweight (VLBW) Infants in your lactation work? Or maybe you are just starting out and want to learn more about working with and how to better support premature and VLBW infants. If so, then you’ll enjoy this FREE toolkit. I can’t take credit for this find myself – it was shared in a private lactation group by Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA.

The California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative explains what’s included (and what’s new) in the 2018 version:

“The 2018 update of the Nutritional Support of the VLBW Infant Toolkit was developed to provide rapid assessment of current nutritional practices, outline evidence-based best practices, and enable rapid multidisciplinary improvement cycles to improve nutritional outcomes for premature newborns. We have added important new references, streamlined recommendations, and targeted the best resources.”

Aren’t you excited to download it and check it out? If so, click here for your free toolkit. And don’t forget to check out all of the FREE Additional pdfs located on the same site on your lower righthand side.

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, let me know. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Freebie Friday: FREE Keynote Presentation, “The Return of Breastsleeping: Humankind’s Oldest and Most Successful Sleep and Feeding Arrangement” by Dr. James McKenna

James J. McKenna, PhD

In celebration of Gold’s annual online Perinatal Conference, Gold Lactation is offering FREE access to its live Keynote Presentation titled, “The Return of Breastsleeping: Humankind’s Oldest and Most Successful Sleep and Feeding Arrangement” by renowned co-sleeping expert Dr. James McKanna taking place on October 29, 2018. You read that right, it’s FREE!

But you’d better hurry up and register early because access is limited to the first 500 attendees. You can reserve your free seat here.

For more information on Safe Co-Sleeping Guidelines, articles and presentations, important resources for parents, and an in-depth look into Dr. McKenna’s fascinating work and research at the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame click here.

Fine Print: This presentation will be recorded and will be available publicly until November 15, 2018. A certificate of attendance will be available for download. For those registered for Gold’s 2018 Perinatal Conference, participants will get CERPs for the presentations and unlimited access to all conference presentations through Dec. 3. (Dec. 27 for GOLD Annual Members). Registration for Gold Perinatal Online conference is open until November 15, 2018.

Freebie Friday: FREE Live Training: “How to Practice your Passion & Build a Thriving Business” by Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC

Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, COMS & Success Coach

It’s Freebie Friday time – only a bit early because I didn’t want you to miss out on this fantastic opportunity! If you’re in private practice or thinking about going into private practice, then this is your lucky day because Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, COMS & Success Coach is offering a FREE training on how you can not only grow your private lactation practice but make it thrive (even if you have no business background or experience whatsoever). Yup you read that right, it’s FREE.

So don’t miss out because it’s TODAY: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern (USA time-zones, see here to convert to your local time if you reside outside of the USA). Click here to sign-up.

If you’d like to find out more about Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, COMS & Success Coach, you can find her at:

Facebook      Instagram     Website

Freebie Friday: 1 FREE L-CERP From Gold Lactation: “Full-Term Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding: Benefits, Considerations, and Ways to Offer Support” by Joy MacTavish

Looking for a FREE CERP for IBCLC certification or recertification? Or just looking to expand your lactation knowledge base? Well, either way, we’ve got you covered thanks to Gold Lactation.

Wondering what this topic is all about? Joy MacTavish, IBCLC, RLC, MA will be discussing “Full-Term Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding: Benefits, Considerations, and Ways to Offer Support.” So mark your calendars for September 10, 2018. You can reserve your FREE seat here. 

A big shout out and thank you to Joy and Gold Lactation for this freebie!

 

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Freebie Friday: Free webinar “Sorting the Fog through the Smoke: Marijuana and Breastfeeding” by Sekeita Lewis-Johnson (and more!)

I just stumbled upon a great find with a monthly freebie and can’t wait to share. Great Lakes NetWORK Series hosts a monthly breastfeeding education webinar series where every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm (GMT-4/EST), a FREE webinar is broadcast. Yup, you read that right, it’s FREE! CERPs (and other types of CE credit) are offered BUT only if you watch it in ‘real time.’ Click here for more information and to register for future webinars – and make sure to check out the past webinars as well. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 from 1-2pm (GMT-4/EST)

Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, BSN, RN, IBCLC

You can tune into the presentation titled, “Sorting the Fog through the Smoke: Marijuana and Breastfeeding” by Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, BSN, RN, IBCLC by clicking here. Since it’s recorded and not in ‘real time’ so to speak, there aren’t any CERPs awarded for this specific presentation – but you will gain knowledge and lots of it! So sit back and enjoy.

 

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: Get organized with a FREE ‘Private Practice Workbook’ from Annie Frisbie, IBCLC

If you’re anything like me, you’ll try anything to control the clutter and chaos in your life. Organization isn’t just good business sense, evidence shows that being organized offers several physical and mental benefits as well, in addition to lowering your risk of a heart attack. For me, organization equals a happy heart – and better yet – a more organized lactation practice that allows me to give more of my time and energy to my clients.

Annie Frisbie, IBCLC & Author

So if you’re living in a state of clutter, ‘organized chaos’ or even if you think you’ve gotten this whole organization thing down, check out this week’s Freebie Friday courtesy of Annie Frisbie, IBCLC and author of Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLCandIBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong  This time she is graciously offering a FREE ‘Private Practice Workbook’ for FREE! Just click here to download it. That’s it. Easy peasy.

If you weren’t aware, Annie has also created an affiliated private Facebook group that you can join, ask questions and see what other Lactation Professionals are up to. You can join here. Thanks a bunch Annie! And to everyone out there, happy Friday!

If you’re interested in seeing what else Annie is up to, find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessibclc/

Website: http://paperlessibclc.com

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers, xx

FREEBIE FRIDAY: FREE Resource Guide: “10 Ways to Inspire Families to Say ‘I love My IBCLC'” by Annie Frisbie

 

Annie Frisbie, IBCLC & Author

It’s that time again! Annie Frisbie, IBCLC and author of Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLC and IBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong is generously offering a FREE resource guide illustrating 10 ways you can be the BEST lactation professional you can be.

Whether you’re in private practice, work in a hospital or clinic, the public health arena or serve as a breastfeeding supporter – this advice is essential and relevant. So hurry up and check it out. Your work/life balance and breastfeeding families you serve will thank you. You download it here.

Feel free to share your favorite tip in the comments. I’d love to hear your opinion. Thanks again Annie for yet another Freebie!

Wanted to share with everyone that Annie also created an affiliated private Facebook group that you can join, ask questions and see what other Lactation Professionals are up to. And yup, totally free. You can join here. Thanks a bunch Annie!

If you’re interested in seeing what else Annie is up to, find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessibclc/