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Fall 2024 Exam Application Deadline:
May 31, 2024


Don’t need all 95 hours?
Get just what you need with Step Up to Lactation Leadership: A 45-hour Lactation Education Course

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See our FREE “How to Become a Lactation Consultant” series.

The IBCLC exam is a comprehensive, career-critical exam. How can you possibly prepare — and pass?

Each year, hundreds of people fail the IBCLC® exam.

You can’t afford to be one of them.

Most first-time test-takers make the mistake of not taking one comprehensive 95-hour course that is designed to set them up for exam success.

When people call our office and say they failed, the first question we ask is, “Did you take a comprehensive course?”

Over the past 12 years, in all except a few cases, the answer is, “No.”


You need Marie’s 95-hour Lactation Education Course to set you up for success.

Let Marie walk you through 370+ online learning assignments with her proven approach, helping you squeeze study time into your hectic, unpredictable life.

Assignments are presented in a variety of formats — audio, video, and text.

370+ concise assignments

An organized, easy-to-follow multi-media proven approach for success

Learn at your own pace and efficiently prepare for your upcoming exam.

Interactive content

Fun learning exercises and challenging end-of-unit questions

Assignments include approaches for different learners

Short Essays
Matching exercises
Comprehension questions

Confidence to face the exam

Visible proof that you have — or haven’t — mastered the content

The foundation you NEED for the career you WANT.

If you want to nail it, enroll in a comprehensive course that offers a clear roadmap.

“I felt Marie Biancuzzo’s course was very good thorough preparation for the exam. I would not have passed if I hadn’t used this material. It helped me prepare in 3 months.”
Julia W.

“Marie is extremely knowledgeable in all things lactation and provided content, materials, and so many resources to study for the exam.”
Wendi W.

“Thank you Marie! I passed on my first try! I couldn’t have done it without your courses! Thank you for all you do.”
Saundra S.

You are more than just your exam score.

You’re a hardworking, passionate breastfeeding advocate who can be a star in the field — if you start with the right resources.

Marie has helped many people from around the globe who have already failed the exam once, twice, three times … or more.

Since 2004, Marie has helped more than 5,000 individuals to prepare for and pass the IBCLC exam.

Over 25% of the currently-certified IBCLCs in the United States have taken one of Marie’s courses. And test-takers on 6 different continents studied with Marie, too. Marie has passed the exam herself 5 times.


“Thank you so much for preparing me for the exam! I am so excited to start my career as a Lactation Consultant!”
Alyssa L.

“I thoroughly enjoyed your…online [Lactation Education Course] course and it supported me in passing my exam.” 
Senab I.

“Marie’s program is organized and easy to follow. It uses different teaching methods to help ensure a pass the first time! I absolutely don’t think I would’ve passed without her program and study options!” 
Erica H.

Get access now and go at your own pace

  • Truly comprehensive course. Covers all 105 topics and subtopics on the IBCLC exam, and 100+ of LEAARC’s Clinical Competencies
  • Multiple short quizzes: Prove your understanding of concepts in each unit
  • Active learning exercises to keep you engaged in your own mastery of the material
  • Optional assignments offered to enhance learning, prepare for the IBCLC exam, and provide insights needed for clinical practice
  • Covers all Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Lactation Consultant Education Programs

Get a week-by-week plan to help you beat the deadline

No matter how daunting it may seem to complete 95 hours of lactation specific education, you can do it with the simple structure we provide.

Use Marie’s 3-Month or 6-Month Lactation Education Course Completion Guide. Bite-sized modules and a week-by-week plan help you meet your deadline.

Worried about your budget? Buy the course in units and pay as you go. We may even be able to offer you financial help. See our FAQ for details.

We accept all major credit cards. Or we’ll take your organization’s purchase order. (Email us with purchase orders, please, at .)

Feel truly confident for the exam in 3 easy steps

  1. Choose the Premier, Prestige, or Elite package, whatever works best for you to get the level of support you need.
  2. Get immediate access. You’ll be able to start within about 10 minutes or less of purchase.
  3. Buy the full 95-hour course or the individual units. You’ll have 18 months from purchase to complete the course.

The IBCLC exam is a comprehensive, career-critical exam.
If you want to nail it,
enroll in a comprehensive course that offers a clear roadmap.

Get Marie’s 95-hour Lactation Education Course to set you up for success.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course requires you to have access to Counseling the Nursing Mother, 7th edition. This textbook is NOT included in the purchase of the course. Your course includes a coupon code for 40% off the textbook at JB Learning and links to purchase on Amazon, should you choose.  See the FAQ below for details.

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Certainly! We have several options to help you. Start with these blogs of Marie’s:

Then visit this page on our website to get Marie’s free video series designed to walk you all the way to the IBCLC exam.

Yes! In fact, it is specifically designed to do so.

However, successful completion of this course DOES NOT entitle the student to any certification, and there is no guarantee that the student will pass a certification exam.

This course provides the basic lactation education required to meet the clinical competencies as specified by IBLCE. It also covers all the disciplines and subtopics on the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline, on which the exam is based, and covers all the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Lactation Consultant Education Programs. However, to pass the exam, it will be to your advantage to accrue clinical hours in various settings with a variety of breastfeeding dyads of all ages, including both well and compromised babies. It will also be to your advantage to take several practice exams with exam-type questions.

If you purchase the complete course all at once, you have 18 months from the date of purchase to complete it and earn your certificate. If you purchase it by units, you have 18 months from the date you buy Unit 1 to purchase and complete all 5 units.

Yes! Each package includes our completion guide to help you stay on schedule and get your course done within your timeframe.

Per the IBLCE’s Candidate Information Guide, “…starting with examination applications for the April 2021 examination administration and those administrations following, in addition to the 90 hours of lactation specific education, five (5) hours of education focused on communication skills will be required.” This is why we call it 95 hours of lactation education instead of 90. Read the full Candidate Information Guide for more details.

Of course! Click here to see the course goal, objectives, and other important course information.

Everything except the textbook, Counseling the Nursing Mother (7th edition).

There are several ways to get the required textbook, Counseling the Nursing Mother (7th edition). You may borrow a copy from a friend or a library or you may purchase your own copy.

If you decide to purchase the textbook, you have several options. The book is available at several online and brick and mortar stores. We recommend you consider these options:

Yes. Both.

You can earn 95 hours of lactation specific education to fulfill eligibility requirements to sit for your initial IBCLC exam.

You can earn 95 L-CERPs. Since 2000, Breastfeeding Outlook has been accredited as a long-term provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

You can earn 95 contact hours to maintain your nursing license or nursing specialty certification. Breastfeeding Outlook is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP15628.

Our accreditation is under the name of our parent company, Breastfeeding Outlook. Your certificate will show the name of both Breastfeeding Outlook and

Yes. Even after you have completed the course, you will still have access to the course for 18 months from the date of purchase. After that, only your certificate will be available.

If you have completed about half of your lactation education, you may want to consider our 45-Hour Step Up to Lactation Leadership course to earn the other 45 hours. If you still need more than 45 hours of lactation education, it will benefit you to complete this comprehensive course to ensure there are no gaps in your education. Check out Marie’s blog describing the disadvantages of taking the “hodge-podge” approach to earning your 95 hours. For more help, email us at

We provide several options to help.

We offer a bulk order discount. Please contact our office at for further details.

Sales for all online programs are final. Please carefully review the information provided before you purchase. Feel free to call us at 703-787-9894 or email us to ask specific questions so you can be sure the course is right for you. After your purchase we are here to help with any questions or problems you may have while completing your course. You are never alone.

Unsure how to meet IBLCE's eligibility requirements?

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Becoming a Lactation Consultant today!

Not sure how to get started?

Download Marie's FREE Unoffficial Guide or view the short video series.

Not sure how to get started?

Download Marie's FREE Unoffficial Guide or view the short video series.