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Lactation Education Program


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Full course description




90 hours





What you'll learn:

The ASU Lactation Education Program meets lactation-specific education eligibility criteria for Pathways 1 and 3 required to sit the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) examination. The newly revised curriculum aligns with 2018 Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) competencies and is approved as a lactation management course providing 90 hours of didactic instruction. Learners gain a comprehensive understanding of the maternal and infant anatomy and physiology as it relates to breastfeeding. Normal and complicated situations are presented. Curriculum is designed using evidence-based best practices. Communication, documentation, consultation strategies, research concepts and socio-cultural and ethical considerations are included. The program contains freshly created graphic artist renditions, updated photos, case study videos and interactive learning objects to retain the learners’ interest, increase retention and maximize preparation for the IBCLC exam.


This program is presented at a college level ability. Curriculum includes textbook reading assignments, written modules, PowerPoint presentations, video scenarios and interactive learning opportunities. The program offers quizzes and tests throughout which are modeled after the format of the IBCLC certification examination. Completion of program quizzes and tests do not provide IBCLC certification. See the official IBCLC website for details related to requirements for certification.

The curriculum meets the Clinical Competencies for the Practice of International Board Certification Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). View the competencies here.

  • Module 1: Breastfeeding – Fundamentals
  • Module 2: Breastfeeding – Advanced Education and Complications
  • Module 3: Communication and Counseling, Socio-cultural Considerations
  • Module 4: Consultation and Documentation
  • Module 5: Research and Ethics

What you'll do:

Curriculum is presented via textbook reading assignments, written modules, PowerPoint presentations and video scenarios. The program offers interactive learning opportunities, quizzes and tests to help prepare learners for the IBCLC certification examination.

Who is this course designed for:

Health professionals aspiring to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and paraprofessionals eager to know more about breastfeeding to support the maternal-infant dyad.

What you'll receive:

Nursing education contact hours available if the course is completed by November 30, 2020

Course materials:

Required textbook - Counseling the Nursing Mother, 6th edition, 2015 by Judith Lauwers and Anna Swisher. To purchase the ebook, please go here and enter the ISBN number: ISBN-10: 9781284115666. For the hard copy of the book please use the following ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1284052633 or ISBN-10: 9781284052633.

Meet the Director

Angela Lober, PhD, RNC-MNN, IBCLC

Dr. Lober is an experienced educator and clinician and has been an IBCLC since 2005, providing evidence-based care within an academic medical center and the Phoenix community. She has taught breastfeeding principles to nurses, physicians, speech pathologists, dietitians, other healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals. She received The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses in 2016. Dr. Lober completed her PhD at ASU College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation focusing on breastfeeding complexities of late preterm infants.


Frequently Asked Questions

I already completed the Lactation Educator Course (LEC) ASU offered several years ago. How do I complete the second half of the lactation-specific education?

The revised program consists of 90 hours of lactation-specific education encompassing the content previously provided in both the Lactation Educator Course (LEC) and the Clinical Management Course (CLM) previously offered by ASU. Learners are provided access to the complete 90 hours curriculum.


How do I learn more about becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

For more information about scope of practice, clinical competencies, eligibility requirements and pathways to become an IBCLC, go to


If I complete this program successfully am I a certified lactation consultant?

No. Completion of the 90 hours of lactation-specific education meets only part of the requirements needed to become an IBCLC. See


What will I receive when I complete this program?

Learners receive a Certificate of Completion awarding 90 continuing nurse education contact hours. This does not award credentials of certification as an IBCLC.


How is this program presented?

The program is completely online and self-paced. No in-person option is available. Learners can advance through the content and return to previously read content for review. Learners have access to the online content for 12 months following registration and payment.* Quizzes and the final program exam are completed through the online program modules and can be retaken to achieve a passing grade.


* If you register before April 30, your 12-month period does not begin until the course opens.


Are there expenses in addition to the registration fee to taking the program?

Learners are expected to purchase the textbook to complete the required readings. The text used for this program is an excellent resource for those working in Lactation.


Are scholarships being offered?

No scholarships are available at this time.


Are there group discounts?

Group discounts may be arranged through an organizational contract. Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Angela Lober, to discuss options at


Do you offer a payment plan?



Do you assist with arrangements to achieve clinical hours?

No. Clinical experiences must be arranged independently by learners.


Do you provide job placement assistance?