Lactation Management Course - Prepare for IBLCE Examination
45 CERPs available. Click the registration link for more information about the conference. For more information about Linda Smith, please click on her picture.
The Lactation Management and Exam Preparation Course is a comprehensive review of the skills and knowledge needed for evidence-based professional lactation consultant practice. The course will help prepare candidates for the certification examination sponsored by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).Six days of instruction and three graded clinical exercises to be completed independently conclude with a practice examination to identify strengths and gaps in skill and knowledge areas. Interactive activities, clinical slides and videos, and skill-building techniques create a uniquely warm and supportive learning environment. This course was the first to be based on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint and is the longest-running course of its kind.
Three clinical exercises totaling 9 hours of independent study must be submitted before the last day of the course. A list of recommended exercises will be sent when registration is received.
If your organization would like to provide this course to a substantial number of participants, it may make sense to sponsor this course at your facility. Contact Linda Smith for details.
Faculty: Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC
Explain the biological processes involved in breastfeeding and human lactation Describe psychological, sociological, and cultural issues affecting breastfeeding families
Explain pharmacological principles affecting the breastfeeding dyad Interpret research findings that pertain to lactation and the mother-baby breastfeeding dyad
Discuss Legal, ethical, and professional issues of lactation consultant practice Describe public health aspects and implications of breastfeeding Explain normal and abnormal variations and conditions pertinent to the course of lactation
Demonstrate appropriate counseling skills that support breastfeeding women Demonstrate clinical assessment, management skills, & use of breastfeeding equipment
Demonstrate test-taking strategies by completing a simulated examination Accreditation
Course schedule / agenda (you must attend all 6 days and complete the clinical exercises to receive credit)
Day 1: 9 am to 5 pm: Overview; principles of lactation management; breast anatomy and milk synthesis; infant physiology, suck, and milk transfer including positioning and latch-on at breast; assessing a breastfeed; skills practice. (Please bring a newborn-size doll for skills practice)
Day 2: 9 am to 5 pm: Biochemistry of human milk; short and long-term affects of infant diet and feeding; milk collection & storage, donor milk banking; pharmacology and maternal medications; global policies; resources and educational tools.
Day 3: 9 am to 5 pm: Lifecycle of the mother-baby dyad and breastfeeding relationship; growth patterns; family foods; weaning; sleep issues; politics of breastfeeding including WHO Code; legal and ethical issues, LC role and scope of practice guidelines.
Day 4: 9 am to 5 pm: Breast pathology; clinical skills: ABC protocol, problem assessment; equipment and technology; communication & counseling skills.
Day 5: 9 am to 5 pm: : Special babies and infant illness, Prematurity, jaundice, allergy, supplementation, establishing and restoring breastfeeding, case studies and action plans; Maternal health issues during lactation, fertility, multiple births, social and cultural issues, employment.
Day 6: 9 am to 5 pm: Interpretation of research & statistics; course review; integrating new knowledge & skills in practice settings; submission of completed clinical exercises; test-taking and study strategies; exam simulation and scoring, exam discussion; course evaluation.
Registration, Cancellation, and other Policies
Early registration is advised, as course size is limited. A selection of recommended clinical exercises will be provided when registration is confirmed. Registrations must be accompanied by tuition payment in the form of a check, money order, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) authorization. No refunds will be made after the course has begun, for partial attendance, or for no-shows. Confirmation, lodging information, reading recommendations, and recommended clinical exercises will be sent by email after payment is received. NO cancellations for weather - please keep in touch with me by phone and email.
Lodging, all meals and snacks are “on your own.” The course materials are protected by international copyright laws. Photographic and/or electronic recording is prohibited. Exceptions must be requested in writing in advance.
Babies in class: We support the Innocenti Declaration and recognize that observing real babies and their mothers is a central part of breastfeeding education. Breastfeeding babies are welcome to remain with their mothers during the course. The classroom is not suitable for mobile toddlers or loud children. Contact Linda Smith to discuss individual situations.
20 Hour Breastfeeding Workshop
Meets one of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Breastfeeding Educational Requirements
Please contact JM Birth Consultants to schedule this course in your area.