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Program Details

-- 100% Online
-- Self-study, self-paced
-- 90 hours of lactation education content
-- Access to the course content for 12 months after registration.
-- Nursing education contact hours available if the course is completed by November 30, 2020

Fees
$995 + textbook

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Academy of Lactation Programs

Lactation support is a fundamental health care responsibility.  It serves as a low-cost care option, is steeped in cultural heritage, and impacts our community’s health. Now you can start your journey to be a part of this passionate profession by joining the ASU Academy of Lactation Programs.

This non-credit lactation program is ideal for anyone looking to increase their skills for working with childbearing women and their families, or to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Participants receive accessible and inclusive lactation education through research-based teaching, gender inclusiveness, and ethic awareness. A mix of normal and complicated lactation situations ensure participants are comfortable using evidence-based best practices in a variety of breastfeeding settings.

Program graduates are armed with tools and techniques to support breastfeeding, while being adaptable to multiple health care roles including nurses, health care provides, clinic specialists, childcare providers, public health professional, and policy makers.

Key program topics:

  • Breastfeeding as a normal physiologic process that can be complicated by medical and iatrogenic factors.
  • Learning to triage and set a plan of care using evidence-based practice.
  • Maternal and infant anatomy and physiology as it relates to breastfeeding.
  • The inter-relational impact of physical, mental, and emotional domains.

This program is approved by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) and qualifies as the lactation specific education required for the qualifying exam of the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).

Join the Academy of Lactation Programs today and be a part of ASU’s reputation for excellence, inclusiveness and innovation.

Lactation Education Program 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.


COMING NOVEMBER 2020

Comprehensive Lactation Education Program

Part 1 and Part 2 of the LEP may be taken together as a comprehensive program. With a seamless transition from Part 1 to Part 2, students will have access to the full range of course material. This 95+ hours course contains content to meet the IBLCE requirement of 5 hours of education focused on communication skills

Who would be interested in taking this course?

  • Those wishing to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)

A discount (as compared to enrolling in Part 1 and 2 separately) will be offered for students wishing to participate in the Comprehensive LEP.

Part 1

Part 1 of the LEP provides 45+ hours of basic lactation specific education. Taken independently, this course will provide information to provide basic breastfeeding support.

This course focuses on the fundamental aspects of breastfeeding and lactation using research findings and evidence-based practices. The physiologic and psychosocial concepts surrounding breastfeeding focus on supporting families to achieve optimal health outcomes. Students will gain an understanding of breastfeeding as a normal physiologic process that can be complicated by medical and iatrogenic factors. Maternal and infant anatomy and physiology will be explored as it relates to breastfeeding. Evidence-based best practices will provide the foundation for helping breastfeeding families. Communication, socio-cultural and ethical, and historical considerations of breastfeeding are included.

Who would be interested in taking this course?

  • Health care professionals who wish to add breastfeeding knowledge to their clinical tool kit.
    • Nurses
    • Health care providers (i.e. MD, OD, Midwife, NP)
    • Medical assistants
    • Speech-language pathologists
    • Dieticians
    • WIC employees

Part 2

Part 2 of the LEP provides 45+ hours of advanced lactation specific education. This course continues the education provided by Part 1. Alternatively, participation in this course may be granted to those providing documentation of completion of a 45-hour lactation specific education training course.

This course focuses on advanced aspects of breastfeeding and lactation using research findings and evidence-based best practices. Integrating concepts of breastfeeding and lactation complications to provide support to breastfeeding families. Students will gain an understanding of advanced elements of maternal and infant anatomy and physiology, complications, and situations related to breastfeeding. Evidence-based best practices will be discussed to provide the foundation for helping breastfeeding families. Documentation, history taking, research, and ethics will be examined.

Who would be interested in taking this course?

  • Those wishing to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)
  • Those who have previously completed Part 1 or an equivalent

Communication for Lactation Consultants

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) has set an additional education requirements for those planning to submit examination applications for the April 2021 examination or thereafter. In addition to the 90 hours of lactation specific education, 5 hours of education focused on communication skills will be required. Preferably, these five hours will be directly related to lactation and breastfeeding care, but this is not a requirement.

This 5-hour course meets the full IBLCE examination application requirement. Course content includes non-verbal and verbal communication skills, online communication considerations, therapeutic communication techniques, and elements of counseling techniques.

Who would be interested in taking this course?

  • Those wishing to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)
  • Those who have taken 90-hours of lactation specific education not containing the 5 hours of required communication education

This content is included in the ASU revised Comprehensive Lactation Education Program.

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.

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

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

Must be 6th Edition

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 a hard copy of the book please use these ISBN numbers:
ISBN-13: 978-1284052633
ISBN-10: 9781284052633

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) 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 https://iblce.org.

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 https://iblce.org.

What will I receive when I complete this program?

Learners receive a Certificate of Completion. 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.

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 ASULactation@asu.edu.

Do you offer a payment plan?

No.

Do you assist with arrangements to achieve clinical hours?

No. Clinical experiences must be arranged independently by learners.

Do you provide job placement assistance?

No.