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Lactation Courses for Health Professionals


The aim of this course is to expand existing knowledge through a self-directed learning process, while providing support for those involved in caring for the breastfeeding mother and her family. This course is suitable for all health professionals involved in providing breastfeeding support.


This course can be done entirely from home, allowing for flexibility and providing adaptability to the needs and commitments of the individual.

Course content

The course consists of a series of 10 modules covering all key areas of breastfeeding and lactation knowledge and management:

  1. Early days to 12 months
  2. Anatomy & Physiology
  3. Sociology, Psychology & Counselling
  4. Endocrinology & Biochemistry
  5. Pregnancy, Birth & Nutrition
  6. Immunology & Pathology
  7. Pharmacology & Toxicology
  8. Prematurity / Technology
  9. Public Health/ Ethical & Legal issues
  10. Research


Registrants receive a study package that includes

  • study guide questions
  • case study questions
  • multiple choice questions
  • a reading list
  • sample IBLCE exam questions
  • Information about relevant organisations and other resources
  • and more.

Books and videos are also available for loan (for students based in Australia)

Note: A number of students around Australia are completing this course as part of a Bachelor, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree.

If you wish to do this, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Before commencing the course, you need to gain permission from the appropriate lecturer at the university you are studying, notify us in writing of the lecturer’s name, the course being undertaken and the units or points required.

  • Complete the required work as set out in the modules.

  • Reference all statements (including multiple choice questions), either footnoting or Harvard.

  • Case studies need to be responded to as you would to a mother. Dot points for some study guide questions are appropriate, but only when facts are required.

Modules will be graded – Distinction, Credit, Pass, Fail

Nominated written work (sent via post or email) will be assessed by IBCLCs. Registrants will be given a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade for each module. If work is deemed unsatisfactory, registrants may resubmit that component of their work.


A Certificate of Completion will be issued on satisfactory completion of this course. This does not mean you are a lactation consultant. To become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant you will need to sit the IBLCE (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) exam.

CERPs (Continuing Education Recertification Points) - To be advised.

CDPs (Continuing Professional Development) points - To be advised.

PDCPs (Professional Development Credit Points) - To be advised.


Registrations for the course will be accepted at any time during the year. Students have 7 months from receipt of package in which to complete the course.

Group registrations of 10 or more from the same area will receive a library of texts (worth over $300) to use and keep.

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