CERP’s for IBCLC’s

(Offered Online)
Courses
What about certification?
Required Textbooks
Become a Program Sponsor

UC San Diego Extension now offers LCERP courses (Continuing Education Recognition Points) especially for lactation consultants. Our online courses offer convenient 24/7 access to content with easy enrollment. Students can enroll up to one week prior to the last day of class. No refunds after 1st week of enrollment. Note: These are not for students looking to complete the Lactation Consultant Program.

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*Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points has been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.


Courses

Anatomy and Physiology for the LC
This course is designed for the practicing lactation consultant and gives an a overview of breast development, stages of lactation, the hormones of lactation, breast surgeries, and stages of breast milk production. This vital information often is the key to understanding the breast mechanisms and points of intervention that may cause significant delay in milk production and glandular response. The information is the fundamentals often missing in the understanding of cause and effect in a lactation case. Additionally the information is great for prenatal education and could be incorporated into a breastfeeding class.
Credit: BRN 5 hours, LCERPS 5 hours

Biochemical Properties of Human Milk
A brief yet comprehensive and understandable overview of the biochemical properties of human milk, components of human milk, enteromammary pathway, and vaccines in the breastfed infant. This course investigates how all of this works together to get milk specific to the individual infant.
Credit: BRN 1 hour, LCERPS 1 hour

Essence of Being a Lactation Consultant
As described in “Case Studies in Breastfeeding” by Cadwell and Turner-Maffei, there are specific steps to progress thru a lactation consultation that will result in a comprehensive and time efficient consultation with the client. This course looks at these steps, links them together with examples, and discusses variations and alternative approaches. There are examples of different types of cases and how points of information change the plan of care and outcomes.
Credit: BRN 2 hours, LCERPS 2 hours

Concerns in Breastfeeding
This course looks at the different approaches to sore nipples, engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis, abscesses, and other common concerns. It considers the physiologic base for each of these concerns and asks basic triage questions that lead from simple to complex. The lecture gives an organized approach to the often chaotic problem, allowing a logical plan of care that increases positive outcomes for the client.
Credit: BRN 6 hours, LCERPS 6 hours

Jaundice
This course takes the mystery and confusion out of the understanding and plan of care for the jaundice infant. First there is an organized and practical discussion about the types of jaundice with suggested protocols for practice. Then jaundice expert, Dr. Lawrence Gartner reviews the advanced physiology of jaundice and guidelines for management of neonatal jaundice. The charts and diagrams in the presentation help the practicing lactation consultant clearly understand and communicate to the client the reasons behind the jaundice and the treatment plan of care
Credit: BRN 5 hours, LCERPS 5 hours

Newborn Instincts in Relation to Breastfeeding
Normal instincts in a baby can and are highly influenced by their story of their delivery. This course looks at those instincts and the role of the birth journey in the newborns feeding behaviors. Understanding and appreciating this vital role of birth will help each of us have an empathy for the newborn that will influence and change our practice. With this understanding we can have a more case sensitive approach to our plan of care. When we as practitioners have the rationale for behaviors we can be more complementary in our own care approach.
Credit: BRN 1 hour, LCERPS: 1 hour

Positioning and Latching
This course contains a series of lectures and video’s collected over a time period of 10 years. We have chosen to keep some of the older video’s as they are problem management and give great options and suggestions for different scenario’s one encounters as a lactation consultant. The course starts with a overview of Biological or “laid Back” breastfeeding with a clear discussion of why this is physiologically correct for the infant. The balloon latching, a variation of technique first described by Diane Wiessinger in 1998 is useful when teaching staff about the techniques for a deeper latch and prevention of sore nipples for the client. Special considerations show problem management for the client with anatomical considerations. The Role Play Demonstrations are a walk thru of a case with correct and incorrect responses and are great for those new to the field or staff. The video, Helping a Mother to Breastfeed let’s us see an infant in shut down, placing a baby on its back, and lack of more current techniques. This video was a great tool in its time, however it helps us to see that “we did the best we could with the information and support we had” and how we have learned to trust the baby and to honor the infants physiological responses.
Credit: BRN 5 hours, LCERPS: 5 hours

Putting the Puzzle Together for Case Management
In this course we will investigate some approaches to case management that include the “perfect consultation” or how not to be the lactation consultant that adds to the “train wreck” that may be happening with the case. This course shows the integration of the maternal and infant feeding histories in the development of a plan of care. The presentation works off the precepts laid out by Cadwell and Maffei-Turner in Case Studies in Breastfeeding and complements the continuing education course entitled “Essence of Being a Lactation Consultant”. There is a comparison of 2 cases and a discussion of knowing when “enough is enough” and when for the professional to “let go”.
Credit: BRN 1 hour, LCERPS 1 hour

Risks of Not Breastfeeding
Explore the categories of risk factors for not breastfeeding, the trend to “risk based education” and its impact, the definition of guilt, and the ever expanding evidence that supports the theory of Risks of Not Breastfeeding. Research is discussed and practical application to practice is offered. This course increases awareness of the impact of informed choice and decision making process.
Credit: BRN 2 hours, LCERPS 2 hours

Science of Suck
In this course the head and neck anatomy of the infant is discussed and compared to adult oral anatomy. Sucking patterns are investigated and related to the transfer of milk during a feeding session. Both normal and abnormal developments are looked at and that information is applied to the lactation consultation and lactation concerns. This review of the structures of the newborn and their relationship to feeding patterns will increase the assessment and triage skills of the lactation consultant.
Credit: BRN 6 hours, LCERPS 6 hours

Tongue Tie Discussion
Dr. James Murphy is a pioneer in the refinement of the diagnosis of types of tongue tie or Ankyloglossia and the procedures to reduce the restriction of the tongue. In this course Dr. Murphy reviews the types of tongue tie and the approach to the resolution of the concern for the mother and nursing infant. The course includes visual assessment as well as intellectual triaging. The course of action for the practicing lactation consultant is discussed and mapped. At the end of the presentation there is a review and application of information for two case presentations.
Credit: BRN 3 hours, LCERPS 3 hours

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What about certification?

Upon successful completion of the course the student will receive a “Certificate of Completion” that will show the number of IBLCE CEPRs recognized.
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Required Textbooks

No required textbook

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Become a program sponsor

Bring the UC San Diego Extension CLEC program to your facility.
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