Study modules

We offer study modules suitable for Health Professionals who wish to:

  • update and/or extend their breastfeeding knowledge
  • gain credit for IBLCE CERPs.

 Study Modules

Each study module is self-paced and explores a different lactation topic.

 Member Price Non-member Price 
Study Module TitleDomestic (AUD$)* International (AUD$)Domestic (AUD$)*International (AUD$)
Immune Factors in Breastmilk $67.50$61.40  $75.00$68.20 
Breast Refusal$67.50 $61.40  $75.00 $68.20  
Medicines and Breastfeeding$67.50 $61.40  $75.00 $68.20  
Everyday Ethics for Lactation Consultants $67.50$61.40 $75.00$68.20
Nipple Pain (Not available for order at the moment)N/AN/AN/AN/A
Structure & Function of the Breast (Not available for order at the moment)N/AN/AN/AN/A
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux and the Breastfed Baby (Not available for order at the moment)N/AN/AN/AN/A

 *Includes 10% GST

Postage:

Number of Study ModulesPostage-domestic (AUD$)Postage-international (AUD$)
1 copyFreePOA
Up to 5 copies$7.00POA
Up to 12 copies$14.00POA
Up to 20 copies$20.00POA
More than 21 copiesPOAPOA

 

Why study?

  • Self-paced learning: You can study from home or work in your own time.  There is no time limit on completion (apart from IBLCE requirements). 
  • No prerequisites: Modules do not generally require any prior knowledge of the particular topic. Concepts related to the module are explained throughout the study guide.
  • Simple assessment: Mostly multiple choice and true/false assessments.
  • Gain credit: Pre-exam hours and CERPs are awarded on successful completion of each module.

Resources

We offer print resources to support your learning:

  • Bound printed booklets containing most study material. Internet access required for reference in some readings/questions.

How to order?

You can now order the study modules online. Please select one of the following options:

 

 

CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Students from Charles Darwin University who would like to purchase individual study modules as part of their course please contact your course co-ordinator for more information on how to order. 

Please specify in the 'notes' section which individual study modules you would like, unfortunately due to the way the package was created the automated modules are; breast refusal, medicines and breastfeeding and immune factors in breastmilk. If you do not specify which ISM you would like, you will receive the ones stated above. 

*Links to purchase ISM must be accessed through a desktop or laptop. Unfortunately it does not work on a smartphone or tablet



For more information:

Course detail

Immune Factors in Breastmilk

PURPOSE - The newborn infant does not have a fully developed immune system at birth. While this gradually develops during the first nine to twelve months of life, the baby is dependent on antibodies acquired via the placenta and the protective immune factors in breastmilk. The purpose of this study module is to provide an overview and a framework for understanding the protective immune factors in breastmilk and the interactions between these factors.

KEY CONTENT AREAS

  • Characteristics of a newborn infant that may predispose the infant to infection by pathogens
  • Conditions for which breastmilk can provide protection
  • Immune factors in breastmilk that provide protection against pathogens
  • Interactions between immune factors in breastmilk and multifunctional nature of some immune factors

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - There is no prerequisite immunological knowledge for this study module. Concepts related to the module will be explained throughout the study guide.

LEARNING OUTCOMES - On completion of this study module, candidates will be able to:

  1. Analyse characteristics of a newborn infant that may predispose the infant to infection
  2. Identify immune factors in breastmilk that provide protection against pathogens
  3. Relate the immune factors in breastmilk to the mechanisms of defence against pathogens
  4. Review interactions between immune factors in breastmilk
  5. Review the multifunctional nature of some breastmilk factors
  6. Identify conditions for which breastmilk can provide protection

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - IBLCE Approval No. C21487 7L CERPs approved until September 2017; IBLCE pre-exam hours – 7

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Breast Refusal

PURPOSE - To provide health professionals and other practitioners with a range of options to support them in their work with babies who are described as 'breast-refusers'.

KEY CONTENT AREAS

  • What is breast refusal?
  • What does breast refusal mean to the mother?
  • How common is the problem?
  • Breast refusal - the symptoms and the causes
  • Is it really breast refusal?
  • Helping mother and baby re-establish breastfeeding

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Candidates will need to have a sound understanding of the principles of breastfeeding and an appreciation of the emotional importance of the breastfeeding relationship to the mother. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES - On completion of this study module, candidates will be able to:

  1. Analyse the nature and type of breast refusal being experienced
  2. Differentiate between real and apparent refusal
  3. Diagnose possible reasons for the refusal
  4. Develop age appropriate plans for the mother and baby to help them re-establish the breastfeeding relationship

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - IBLCE Approval No. C21498 6L CERPs approved until October 2017; IBLCE Pre-exam hours - 6

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Medicines & Breastfeeding

PURPOSE OF THIS MODULE - The purpose of this study module is to offer the learner a combination of theoretical information on the features of drugs that determine their suitability for use by breastfeeding mothers and some specific guidelines on which drugs are and are not suitable. Lactation consultants may not prescribe drugs; nevertheless knowledge of the possible effects of mothers’ drug use on breastfed infants is important to a consultant’s ability to offer guidance and reassurance to breastfeeding clients.

KEY CONTENT AREAS

  • Mechanisms of transfer of drugs from maternal plasma into breastmilk
  • Factors determining infant sensitivity to drugs
  • Information on specific drugs
  • Review of research on effects of intrapartum pain relief on the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Candidates will need to have a sound understanding of the principles of breastfeeding and an appreciation of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of mother and infant. No prior knowledge of pharmacology is assumed. Internet access is needed for completion of this module.

LEARNING OUTCOMES - On completion of this study module, candidates will be able to: 

  1. Analyse the factors important in determining the transfer of drugs into breastmilk
  2. Analyse factors associated with gestational age that increase infant risk/vulnerability to drug exposure via breastmilk
  3. Review the characteristics of drugs which determine their safety for use by breastfeeding mothers
  4. Identify the likely effects of specific, commonly-used drugs
  5. Identify the effects of intrapartum pain relief on neonates and know how to minimise negative effects

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - IBLCE Approval No. C21533 6L CERPs approved until March 2018; IBLCE Pre-exam hours – 6

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Everyday Ethics for Lactation Consultants (not available for order at the moment)

PURPOSE OF THIS MODULE - This module aims to increase lactation consultants’ awareness of their ethical responsibilities to clients, colleagues and society in their professional capacity.

KEY CONTENT AREAS

  • A basic introduction to principles of medical ethics
  • The Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs
  • The role of the Discipline Committee of the IBLCE
  • Application of ethical principles in lactation consultant practice; focusing on interaction with clients and the ethical importance of proficiency.

LEARNING OUTCOMES - This study module covers some practical aspects of ethical interaction with clients and the implications of the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs. On completion of this study module, candidates will recognise the ethical dimensions of day-to-day interactions with clients and be able to weigh those ethical dimensions in their decision-making.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - IBLCE Approval No. C21225; IBLCE Pre-exam hours - 5

Nipple Pain (not available for order at the moment)

PURPOSE  - to provide an overview of the common causes of nipple pain in breastfeeding women so that a differential diagnosis is possible. It also explains the current best practice management for each condition where possible.

KEY CONTENT AREAS

  • Nipple trauma
  • Infection of the nipple
  • Eczema or dermatitis of the nipple
  • Nipple vasospasm
  • Pregnancy
  • Other causes

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - a basic understanding of the physiology of breastfeeding is assumed. Internet access is also needed.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this study module, candidates will be able to:

  1. Name the common causes of nipple pain in breastfeeding women.
  2. Analyse the cause of nipple pain on the basis of symptoms reported by a mother and signs observed on examination.
  3. Outline the appropriate management of nipple pain according to its cause.
  4. Discriminate between evidence based practice and empirical managements where more research is required.
  5. Develop a list of relevant resources and referral pathways for women with breastfeeding associated nipple pain 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - IBLCE  Approval No. C21245 ; IBLCE Pre-exam  education hours – 8

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Structure and Function of the Breast (not available for order at the moment)

PURPOSE - This module is for trainee lactation consultants or others who want to extend their breastfeeding knowledge.

KEY CONTENT AREAS

  • breast anatomy
  • breast development and congenital anomalies
  • milk production
  • milk composition

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - none

LEARNING OUTCOMES - On completion of this study module, candidates will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of the breast
  2. Describe the important stages of breast growth and which hormones directly impact on breast function
  3. Describe the more common inborn anomalies of breast development and their implications for breastfeeding
  4. Describe the normal events of lactogenesis
  5. Describe the basics of milk production
  6. Recognise which nutrients in milk vary over time and with maternal intake

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT  -  IBLCE Approval No. C21380 ; IBLCE pre-exam hours - 2. 

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Gastro-oesophageal Reflux & the Breastfed Baby (not available for order at the moment)

PURPOSE  - to provide differential diagnoses for crying and regurgitation in the breastfed infant, and show aspects of breastfeeding management that are particularly relevant.

KEY CONTENT AREAS

  • Causes and management techniques for an unsettled baby
  • The range of symptoms seen in babies with gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR)
  • How frequently GOR may occur
  • The  usual progression of reflux
  • Breastfeeding management of a baby with GOR
  • Food allergy and intolerance as a cause of crying and regurgitation

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS -  a basic understanding of the physiology of breastfeeding is assumed. Internet access is an advantage.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Define gastro-oesophageal reflux.
  • Describe the presenting symptoms.
  • Differentiate between GOR and other causes of crying
  • Manage gastro-oesophageal reflux in the breastfed baby.
  • Recognise the role of allergy in causing symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - IBLCE Approval No. C21331 ; IBLCE Pre-exam hours – 5

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