Home Study Courses and CLSC Plus

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.

 

Unsure if the format of these home study courses works for you? Find our sample home study unit at the bottom of the page.


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. 


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 (paid in entirety) 
$350 refunded if all three returned within 2 weeks of purchase.

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)


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) 

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)

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)

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)

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) 

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 

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 

Three Home Study Units (Special Pricing)

45 CERPs 


Select any three of the following 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 



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 Please e-mail LECoffice@aol.com if registering by mail with your name, what course you are registering, and when to expect the payment. 


Unsure if the format of these home study courses works for you? Find our sample home study unit below.

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