Home Study Courses


Looking for more CERPs/CEUs for certification or recertification? Lactation Education Consultants has six home study courses is approved by IBLCE for 15 CERPs and for 15 nursing CEUs through the California Board of Registered Nursing. Two shorter home studies are 10 and 5 CERPs/CEUs each.

The 15 credit home studies (Reading and Responses I & II, Infant Challenges I & II and Maternal Challenges I & II) require you to research common conditions encountered in caring for breastfeeding mothers and babies. You will use your own lactation textbooks, journal articles, and research the internet to provide answers which will be anywhere from short statements to long paragraphs. LEC does not provide the research material. Be prepared to spend between 15-30 hours completing each home study and to allow at least 4 weeks for it to be reviewed and processed. For Reading & Responses I & II it is recommended that you use a current lactation textbook to answer the questions such as Counseling the Nursing Mother by Lauwers & Swisher (2016) or Breastfeeding and Human Lactation by Wambach & Riordan (2016).

Research and Responses (10 CERPs/CEUs) has four conditions – two maternal and two infant that you will research and respond to questions.

Ethics (5 CERPs/CEUs) – You will be doing some reading and then looking at the IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct in depth.

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Which Home Study to Select?

As you look over each home study, you will see the list of challenges included in each one.

  • If you work primarily with babies, you may want to choose the maternal challenges.
  • If you work mostly with mothers, you may want to choose the infant challenges.
Please note that if you are choosing home studies to complete the CLS PLUS course, you MUST choose Reading & Responses I as one of your three.  It specifically incorporates materials that are included on the IBLCE exam blueprint.

Sample Questions


FYI

You have one year from the date you receive the studies to complete them. If you need an extension, please contact the LEC office. The fee for an extension is $30/3 months/home study.

Home studies are sent by e-mail from LECOffice@aol.com. Watch for them (check your spam). If you haven't received them within 72 hours (Monday thru Friday), please e-mail for a status update.

If purchasing more than one home study, please submit them as each one is completed.

Please allow a minimum of four weeks for reviewing and processing each unit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All work must be submitted no later than FOUR WEEKS prior to the date you are required to submit them to IBCLE or any other organization. If your work is submitted less than 4 weeks before your due date, you will be charge a daily late fee. No work is accepted less than 10 days before the due date.

REFUND POLICY for Home Studies:

Individual (paid in entirety) – $100 refunded if study returned within 2 weeks of purchase.
Bundled – $350 refunded if all three returned within 2 weeks of purchase.

CLS PLUS COURSE!

Full 90 hours of lactation education to qualify for the IBCLC exam. Register for both the CLSC and three Home Studies at the same time.

Fee: $1120 (standard)
or $1070 (early bird)

Special pricing for three Home Studies ordered at same time (without the CLSC): $450


Home Study Course 1: Reading and Responses I
(Required for CLS Plus Students)


15 CERPs

Read Counseling the Nursing Mother, 6th Edition, by J. Lauwers and A. Swisher, published by Jones & Bartlett, 2016, or Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th edition, by K. Wambach and J. Riordan, published by Jones & Bartlett, 2016. Answer 24 questions in their entirety and submit to instructor. 

Fee: $165
($65 – non-refundable – to be paid at the time of registration; $100 to be paid when unit submitted)

Please select payment option:

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Reading and Responses Home Study Course Instructions


Home Study Course 2: Reading and Responses II


15 CERPs

Read Counseling the Nursing Mother, 6th Edition, by J. Lauwers and A. Swisher, published by Jones & Bartlett, 2016, or Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th edition, by K. Wambach and J. Riordan, published by Jones & Bartlett, 2016. Answer 30 questions in their entirety and submit to instructor. 

Fee: $165
($65 – non-refundable – to be paid at the time of registration; $100 to be paid when unit submitted)

Please select payment option:

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Reading and Responses Home Study Course Instructions

Home Study Course 3: Infant Challenges I


15 CERPs

Seven common infant challenges that face lactation consultants. You are required to do your own research using current texts (2010 or newer), articles, or the internet to respond to between 10-25 questions for each of these common infant conditions:

  • Infant who is fussy/has colic
  • Down Syndrome
  • Latch problems
  • Infant who is premature
  • Tongue tie
  • Alternative feeding methods

Fee: $165
($65 - non-refundable – to be paid at the time of registration; $100 to be paid when unit submitted)

Please select payment option:

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Infant and Maternal Challenges Home Study Course Instructions

 

Home Study Course 4: Infant Challenges II


15 CERPs

Seven common infant challenges that face lactation consultants. You are required to do your own research using current texts (2010 or newer), articles, or the internet to respond to between 10-25 questions for each of these common infant conditions:

  • Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Food intolerances
  • Jaundice
  • Late preterm
  • Poor weight gain/FTT
  • Various nursing positions
Fee: $165
($65 - non-refundable – to be paid at the time of registration; $100 to be paid when unit submitted)

Please select payment option:

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Infant and Maternal Challenges Home Study Course Instructions

 

Home Study Course 5: Maternal Challenges I

15 CERPs

Seven common maternal challenges that face lactation consultants. You are required to do your own research using current texts (2010 or newer), articles, or the internet to respond to between 10-25 questions for each of these common maternal conditions:

  • Previous breast surgery
  • Relactation or induced lactation
  • Mastitis or plugged ducts
  • Hypoplastic breasts
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
Fee: $165
($65 - non-refundable – to be paid at the time of registration; $100 to be paid when unit submitted)

Please select payment option:

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Infant and Maternal Challenges Home Study Course Instructions


Home Study Course 6: Maternal Challenges 2

15 CERPs

Seven common maternal challenges that face lactation consultants. You are required to do your own research using current texts (2010 or newer), articles, or the internet to respond to between 10-25 questions for each of these common maternal conditions:

  • Engorgement
  • Infection of the nipples
  • Breastfeeding multiples
  • Overweight or obese mom
  • Medications
  • Oversupply

Fee: $165
($65 - non-refundable – to be paid at the time of registration; $100 to be paid when unit submitted)

Please select payment option:

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Infant and Maternal Challenges Home Study Course Instructions

 

Three Home Study Units (Special Pricing)


45 CERPs

Select any three Home Study units for a discounted price -- save $45!

Please note that if you are choosing home studies to complete the CLS PLUS course, you MUST choose Reading & Responses I as one of your three.  It specifically incorporates materials that are included on the IBLCE exam blueprint.

Home Study Course 1: Reading and Responses I
Home Study Course 2: Reading and Responses II
Home Study Course 3: Infant Challenges I
Home Study Course 4: Infant Challenges II
Home Study Course 5: Maternal Challenges I
Home Study Course 6: Maternal Challenges II

Fee: $450

Select Your First Home Study Unit:
Select Your Second Home Study Unit:
Select Your Third Home Study Unit:

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Reading and Responses I Home Study Course Instructions

Reading and Responses II Home Study Course Instructions

Infant and Maternal Challenges Home Study Course Instructions


Home Study Course 7: Research and Reporting


10 CERPs

Research and Report on two maternal conditions (PCOS and bariatric surgery) and two infant conditions (reflux and cardiac concerns). 

Fee: $115

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Research and Reporting Home Study Course Instructions


Home Study Course 8: Ethics for IBCLCs


5 CERPs

For this home study you will be reading an article (link provided) and answering questions about it, and reading a chapter in a lactation text (information provided and chapters preselected) and answer questions about it.  You will then briefly write about each of the eight principles in the IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct. 

Fee: $65

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Ethics Home Study Course Instructions

     
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