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Independent Students

Step 2 Education welcomes independent students who are seeking Baby-friendly education and to earn recognized credits (such as CERPs, Contact Hours and CPD points). To qualify as an independent student you will be enrolling, studying and paying for your course independently of any workplace.

Step 2 Education courses are delivered 100% online to accommodate busy schedules and individual study preferences so you can earn educational credits and add to your resume!

Courses and Pricing

Course Enrollment Period Accreditation COST
Breastfeeding Essentials
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12 Months 14 L CERPs, 3 E CERPs, 5 R CERPs
22 CH/22 CPD
$150 USD
Breastfeeding Essentials for Physicians
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12 Months 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
4 Mainpro+
$150 USD
Breastfeeding Essentials for Allied Health Professionals
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12 Months 8 CH/CPD $75 USD

Breastfeeding Essentials is a 22 hour online course for primary carers, like nurses and direct care staff, who care for families during pregnancy, birthing and for the duration of Breastfeeding. The participant will learn how to apply each of the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, 10 Steps & International Code for the USA, and the 7-Point Plan for the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding in community settings.

The curriculum is based on the 7 competency domains established in the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative® (BFHI) implementation 2020 update.

Breastfeeding Essentials will meet your need for frontline staff education for your hospital or community Baby Friendly accreditation.

12 month student enrollment period.


Breastfeeding Essentials was written by Michelle Pensa Branco, MPH IBCLC and Carole Dobrich, B.Sc, RN, IBCLC. The course has been edited by Carole Dobrich, B.Sc, RN, IBCLC, and Melanie Gingras, BScN, IBCLC. Course reviewers: Sandy Ho (Canada), Cynthia Peterson (Australia), Swati Scott (Canada).

On successful completion participants will receive a certificate with the following educational points noted:

  • 14 L CERPs, 3 E CERPs, 5 R CERPs awarded by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
  • 22 hours pre-exam education (IBLCE) (includes required 5hrs communication)
  • 22 Contact Hours (CHs) (USA California Board of Registered Nurses)
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Breastfeeding Essentials for Allied Health Professionals is an 8-hour online course that meets the educational needs of clinical staff who provide secondary or supportive care to parents and babies. A short video introduces participants to the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative followed by course modules addressing relevant Baby-friendly concepts to assist the participant in providing the appropriate level of care within the scope of their role.

12 month student enrollment period.


Breastfeeding Essentials for Allied Health Professionals was written by Denise Fisher, AM, MMP, BN, IBCLC, edited and maintained by Carole Dobrich BS, RN, IBCLC, ANLC. On successful completion participants will receive a certificate with the following educational points noted:

  • 8 Contact Hours (CHs) awarded by the California Board of Registered Nursing (USA Nurses)
  • 8 CPD points (AUS Nurses and Midwives)

Curriculum (View as PDF)

Breastfeeding Essentials for Physicians is a 4 hour online course for physicians who support and care for families during pregnancy, birthing and the duration of breastfeeding. The in-depth content is presented across ten modules and covers essential topics for providing best-practice breastfeeding and maternity care. Upon completion the participant will be well prepared for Baby-friendly accreditation.

12 month student enrollment period.


Breastfeeding Essentials for Physicians was written by Dr. Anjana Srinivasan MDCM, CCFP, IBCLC. Carole Dobrich BS, RN, IBCLC, ANLC and Lisa Graves MD, CCFP edited the course and co-authored certain sections. Kathleen Marinelli MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP was the course development evaluator. On successful completion participants will receive a certificate with the following educational points noted:

  • 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 4 Mainpro+ Credits (Canadian Physicians)

Curriculum (View as PDF)

Benefits of Online Learning

  • Cost effective with no setup fees or hidden charges
  • No special equipment or programs required to install or maintain
  • Flexible and accessible 24/7, 365 days a year!
  • Self-paced learning
  • Engaging content delivery for all learning types: visual, aural, physical

Additional Services

  • The Client Services team are on hand to assist you with your account, navigating around the course or technical questions
  • An experienced Lactation Educator is available to provide tutoring support with questions relating to the course content
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Last Updated: September 2018