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100% Online
Self-study, self-paced
90 hours of continuing nursing education
Access to the course content for 12 months after registration.

$995 + textbook

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Lactation Education Program

The ASU Lactation Education Program meets lactation-specific education eligibility criteria for Pathways 1 and 3, which is required to sit for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) examination. The newly revised curriculum aligns with the 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.

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.


Who is the 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.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

90 CNE contact hours will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) – application pending

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  • Complete reading assignments, interactive learning activities, module quizzes and program post-test.
  • Complete post-test with score of 80% or higher
  • Complete online program evaluation

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

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.

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?