BFHI Training

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  • Nurses and direct care personnel - 20 hours
  • Physicians CNMs NPs PAs - 3 hours
  • Public health nurses and clinic nurses - 5 hours additional

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Benefits for you

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  • Accessibility to all staff members at convenient times (24/7/365)
  • Behavior changing training
  • Cost Effectiveness


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How it works

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  • Listen to the instructor,
    view the powerpoint slide
  • Each lesson is 20-45 minutes
  • Self paced, start anytime


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Baby Friendly Training


News FotoliaCongratulations and best wishes to over 400 hospitals that are using Lactation Education Resources / FirstLatch to achieve their Baby Friendly Hospital Certification!

FirstLatch provides Online education to hospitals working to obtain Baby-Friendly Hospital certification.

View the Baby Friendly Hospital video with valuable information regarding what is included.

Review the actual course!  Click here to request trial access to the Baby Friendly Training Course.

Interested in becoming a Board Certified Lactation Consultant?

We offer courses to individuals too! To learn more click here.


Feedback from our Clients:

I appreciate you being available for a night time call since we are in Korea. Thank you for providing excellent customer service and supporting your service members overseas

It has such been a pleasure to work with you, and I appreciate all of your efforts to keep our facilities here supplied with the correct access to your program. Thanks again to Vergie and all of your teaching faculty for creating such a great learning tool. Please pass along that I’ve seen many educational programs, even created a few, but I feel this one developed by Ver​gie is by far the most thorough I’ve ever experienced. Our nursing staff has been blessed to have this complete offering from which to learn about BFHI

Our staff really are enjoying the program and it is so wonderful to hear consistency between the nurses in patient education and plan of care. The course has been very instrumental in that process for us.

I have taken the 15 hour course and reviewed the 1 hour course and am working my way through the physician course. It is great education, I'm so glad this was the program our hospital chose.

This program is excellent, the nurse's course and the physician's course, and thanks for the ancillary staff courses. The LER staff is so responsive and easy to work with.

"Want to share wonderful news with you and everyone at Lactation Education Resources.  We have been designated!!! We are officially Baby-Friendly!!  All the staff education records and interviews went very well.  Thank you for all the support and information you provided  throughout this process!"


Lactation Education Resources has been selected to work with Abt Associates, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Baby-Friendly USA and the Center for Public Health Quality to work with the second group of 100 hospitals funded by the CDC to achieve Baby-Friendly designation. Read LER Partners with Others To Make Hospitals Baby Friendly.

Lactation Education Resources has successfully trained over 10,000 nurses and physicians to provide excellence in hospital breastfeeding support.  Our 10,000th student is from Northeast Georgia Health System, Gainesville, GA!

Hospitals using FirstLatch and LER’s training program range from Port Townsend, WA to Homestead, FL.   From  Palm Springs, CA to St Johnsbury, VT.   From Waimea, HI, to Beijing, China.

Vergie Hughes

FirstLatch and LER’s Baby Friendly Hospital Training program is fifteen hours of Online training that is accessible 24/7/365 at the student’s convenience. Five hours of hands-on training is also required and templates for accomplishing this hands on portion at your facility are included.

Our program director is Vergie Hughes RN, MS, IBCLC, FILCA.

She has been a lactation consultant for over 25 years, has served on the IBLCE Board of Directors and exam writing committee and has taught classes for both professionals and parents. She has worked in a variety of settings including labor and delivery, postpartum, hospital breastfeeding centers, private practice and milk bank as a clinician, researcher and teacher. She started the first Lactation Consultant Training Program on the East Coast in 1990.