Hi. My name is Barbara L. Philipp, MD. I am a Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, in Boston, MA, USA, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. I like to write, teach, study, and talk about lactation - and help as many breastfeeding mothers as I can.
I started the Lactation College in January 2021 as an attempt to do something to help the problem of the lack of diversity in the Lactation Consultant world. Achieving the IBCLC certification is hard and expensive. I thought I might be able to take important topics - that most likely would be tested - and break them down, make them understandable, and figure out a way to help the learner remember important points. And what if it was for free?!
The first semester started on January 1, 2021 and ran until May 2021. Almost 70 posts on a wide variety of topics were shared. Because I had some funding from a generous donor, I was able to run the College for free. From the feedback I received, it appeared that learners found it beneficial.
The second semester started on June 1, 2021 and ran until mid September 2021. This time posts were in English and Spanish. These were pretty much the same posts but the addition was the Spanish translation. Again, the semester offered for free.
The third semester of the Lactation College has started and will run from November 1, 2021 to March 2022. This time tho, funding is limited, so I am adjusting things a bit.
This is how it will work.
The Lactation College semester - with all the posts in English and Spanish - is meant for test takers and individuals wanting to learn more about lactation. This Basic Option will be offered for free. The posts will remain up until the ICBLC March/April 2022 testing dates pass. As the semester progresses all of these posts will be able to be found by scrolling down the post and hitting either See All or the Archive link. These “classes”, in the form of newsletters, will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The goal of the free posts is to present information in a concise and clear way to help candidates pass the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) examination. Any others who are interested in learning more about lactation, breastfeeding and human milk are also welcome to join.
To start, you can go to the Lactation College on Substack and read it first, or you can subscribe (which means providing your email information) and then read it. This Basic Option is free to all. Emails are not shared.
For this semester there will also be an Advanced Option - for which you need to pay - either $8.00 a month or $40.00 a year. If you choose this Option you will get all the Basic Option posts but you will also have access to posts that will dive deeper into the lactation world - by looking at interesting research articles, posted on Research Thursdays. The Advanced Plan will also have access to posts where we learn about ingredients in infant formula. If you can afford to chip in to help the cause and keep the Basic Option free, it would be much appreciated.
Here’s to a great semester.
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