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

To all of my Galactablog subscribers, followers and all of those who submitted lactation program reviews – I want to sincerely apologize for the exceptionally long delay on publishing program reviews. I have a backlog of reviews that were submitted but never published. So I’m playing catch-up now. Galactablog is now up and running again, so stay tuned for lots of reviews. Ready, set, go!

Lactation Program Review: 

Lactation Education Resources’ (LER)

Lactation Consultant Training Program

with Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate 

Reviewer: ECB

Reviewed on December 21, 2015
Published on November 30, 2017

Year enrolled in Program: 2013

How long did it take you to complete the program? 2 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 recommended by LER. Course materials (power point lectures, bibliographies and lectures) are all online.

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $895 (as of 12/21/2015). ***Edited to add: Current cost (as of review publication date) of the “Lactation Consultant Training Program Enriched” course is $975.

# of L-CERPs, Nursing Contact Hours, CEUs, CPEs, etc. offered – 90 L-CERPs, 90 Nursing Contact Hours and 90 CPE Level II. ***Edited to add: Now the same course, “Lactation Consultant Training Program Enriched” offers – 86 L-CERPs, 4 E-CERPs, 90 Nursing Contact Hours and 90 CPEUs.

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?

  • I could set my own schedule while taking the classes. I was able to go back through any of the classes within a year period to refresh before the exam. All of the classes were online, so this worked well between raising children, working and school.
  • Prior to sitting the IBLCE exam, I retook the 90 hours in a 10 day period of time. I did not purchase any additional exam packets, etc. I felt that all the material on the IBLCE exam was covered in the 90 hour course. The company allowed me to extend the 12 months for an additional 2 months so I could review prior to exam.
  • I’m happy to say that I passed with a decent score and currently have the lovely initials IBCLC behind my name.

What did you dislike about the program?

  • A few of the topics were dry, but I don’t think that had anything to do with the educators. Merely the actual topics – they were on the exam, so a necessary evil, in my opinion.

What would you change about the program? N/A

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

As stated before, I was able to finish the first time before my internship in about 2 months. The 2nd round for a refresher before the test was done much quicker.

Would you recommend this program to others?

Absolutely and have done so already. I felt it was a good value for the money and had me completely prepared for the exam.

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

Yes. It was very appropriate and a very well-respected program among IBCLCs I now know professionally.

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

Yes. I was able to sit the exam and pass on the first try.

Does your program/credential require you to recertify? If so, how long does the credential last and what is required to recertify? I have to recertify every 5 years for the IBCLC credential. I can either retake the IBCLE exam or I can take 75 CERPs to recertify.

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.

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.

Babies and the Art of Sucking

While completing an online lecture via Lactation Education Resources (LER), Jane Bradshaw, RN, BSN, IBCLC stated something so eloquently in one of her lectures that I couldn’t help but share it with my fellow lacties.

One of the most common questions (and concerns and fears) new mothers consistently have is, “Do I have enough milk? Why does my baby want to suck all of the time? This MUST mean I don’t have enough milk!” This quote not only sums up a baby’s biological need and desire to suckle simply and beautifully but it also empowers a breastfeeding mother to know that yes, she can make enough milk to meet her infant’s needs.

final sucking instinct quote

Photo used with permission. Copyright © 2016 Galactablog and Tamara Drenttel Brand.

 

 

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 Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate 

Reviewer: Anonymous

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.

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.

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.

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

LERLactation Program Review: 

Lactation Education Resources (LER)

Lactation Consultant Training Program

with Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate 

Reviewer: Jennifer Black Piszcz

March 23, 2015

Year enrolled in Program: 2014

How long did it take you to complete the program? 2.5 months

Certification or Certificate Offered – Breastfeeding Specialist certificate

Delivery of Program – Completely online

Books & Materials RequiredBreastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th Ed 

Cost of Program (Including books, materials, application fees, etc.) – $895 + book = $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 program was very well laid out.
  • It was easy to do at your own pace and to stop and start where you left out.
  • Very user-friendly.
  • Good customer service.
  • Very informative.

How rigorous/time consuming did you find the program?

I am a single mom with 4 kids. I am also in school full-time finishing my associates degree and I finished the entire 90 hour program in less than 3 months.

Would you recommend this program to others? Yes! For the very reasons I mentioned above.

Knowing what you know now, would you take this program again? Yes, I loved being able to get all my hours in one place.

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

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 Certificate offered through LER is valid for 5 years.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.