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Smiling Baby


The Australasian Lactation Courses (ALC) has been actively promoting breastfeeding and professional education since 1989 through modules, seminars and distance education courses. During this time, over 2000 students have completed our courses, the majority of them going on to successfully complete the IBCLE exam to become qualified International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. 

About Us: What's Happening



Jen Byrne 

RM, IBCLC, Dip App Sc (CHN), BN (ed), MNSt FACM

Course Director, Course Reviewer

Jen is a midwife and IBCLC, and has conducted a private practice both as a Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant.

She has recently retired from her role as lecturer in Midwifery at Flinders University, Adelaide, where she had been teaching in the 3-Year Bachelor of Midwifery since its inception in 2002. She has two adult children and lives in Adelaide.

Jen has always had a strong commitment to breastfeeding through her midwifery career and as a breastfeeding mother.


Heena Patel

MBBS, Dip. OB/GYN, IBCLC, Cert IV Breastfeeding Education

Course Reviewer

Heena is a Lactation Consultant since 2017 and a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) since 2013.

Her background also includes a medical degree with specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has many years of experience in providing support and education to help mothers succeed on their breastfeeding journeys through her medical career, volunteering with the ABA, and her own private practice.


Jennifairy Gillett 


Online Coordinator, Course Reviewer

Jennifairy is an endorsed Registered Midwife & IBCLC in the Adelaide Hills, where she has her own private practice doing home visits & telehealth consults.

She is also employed by the local hospital where she does the occasional community midwifery shift, and receives referrals to provide one-on-one care for women & babies who need the support of an IBCLC.

She is a part-time university lecturer teaching medical students women-friendly pelvic exams & cervical screening tests.

And to top it off, she's a bit handy with the tech side of things and has set up the online course delivery and website.

She has 2 adult offspring & is grandmother to a cat, Reuben.

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