Immunology and Lactation

6 CERPs + 6 CEUs + 5.5 CPEUs

Taught by Dr. Hope Lima, PhD, IBCLC

The immune system is fascinating!

From the time a baby is born, immune cells are sending messages to teach the body which foreign molecules are benign, and which are a threat. It does take time for a newborn infant’s immune system to function properly; however, evolution has accounted for this. Human milk provides essential bioactive and immune components that support the infant’s developing immune system so that appropriate responses can occur. In this course, you will learn about the basics of the immune system and how it develops, the immunological components in human milk, and how breastfeeding is theorized to protect against the development of chronic disease. 

5 Modules

  • Lesson 1: The Basics of the Immune System
  • Lesson 2: Immunological Components in Human Milk
  • Lesson 3: Building an Infant’s Immune System
  • Lesson 4: Evidence for Human Milk in Preventing Chronic Diseases
  • Lesson 5: Human Milk Storage: What Happens to the Immune Components?
Immunology and Lactation (6 CERPs + 6 CEUs + 5.5 CPEUs)

This course was great in fully understanding how the immune system is as a foundation when baby is born and how uniquely it is developed. I enjoyed learning more about how mom & baby’s immune systems interact and build.

Julie Fields, IBCLC

Really great info. I love that the beginning is going over immunology 101 before you get into the human milk parts.

Christina Berlett RN BSN IBCLC


  • Create a diagram of the immune system, including innate and adaptive immune systems.
  • Describe the process by which the immune system develops from infancy through 2 years of life.
  • Create an evidence-based recommendation about the importance of breastfeeding for a minimum of two years through an immunological lens.

IBLCE Content Outline

  • I A2 Food intolerances/allergies
  • I B3 Composition of human milk
  • III A1 Allergies
  • III A7 Infant acute disease (bacterial, viral, fungal, systemic)
  • V 3 Milk expression
  • VII D1 Apply research in practice

Bonus! Lessons from COVID-19 for Lactation Consultants

Deep but understandable. Like looking at a 1000 piece puzzle but having someone precisely explain 20 of the key pieces! It contains beautiful nuggets that can be shared with clients.

Kim Connor PA-C, IBCLC

This course helped my to be able to answer questions from my clients about covid and about how breastfeeding can potentially improve their child’s health

Judith L. Gutowski, BA, IBCLC
Immunology and Lactation (6 CERPs + 6 CEUs + 5.5 CPEUs)

Meet Your Instructor

Hope Lima, PhD, RDN, IBCLC

Hope Lima completed the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative at UNC School of Global Public Health, becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2017. She graduated with her PhD in nutritional biochemistry from NC State University in May 2018. 

In addition to owning and operating Hope Feeds Babies, Hope is employed full time at Winthrop University in the Department of Human Nutrition overseeing the Certificate in Medical Lactation and running a research lab that focuses on helping mothers to reach their infant feeding goals, improving access to human milk, and analyzing the nutritional content of human milk. 

As an IBCLC, Hope has a passion for connecting with mothers to help them to reach their individual feeding goals and advocacy for maternal health. She currently serves as the co-chair for the South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition and is actively working to improve the landscape of breastfeeding support.

Hope is also the Director of Education for Annie Frisbie IBCLC, Inc, supervising content planning for Clinical Complexities in Private Practice, among others.

Immunology and Lactation (6 CERPs + 6 CEUs + 5.5 CPEUs)