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$)*International (AUD$)
Medicines and Breastfeeding$67.50 $61.40  $75.00 $68.20  

Everyday Ethics for Lactation Consultants 

$67.50 $61.40  $75.00 $68.20  

 *Includes 10% GST


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.


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 click here.

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Study Module Details

Everyday Ethics for Lactation Consultants 

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.


  • 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

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Medicines and Breastfeeding 

Please note the CERPS for this module expired in March 2018, however the content is still relevant. 

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.


  • 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