Flash Sale! Get the IBCLC Exam Study Outline for just $22!

A study resource to help you organize and distill information as you study for the IBCLC Exam

*This resource is not in any way affiliated with IBLCE


Study Smarter, Not Harder

You can get instant access to a study outline designed to reduce overwhelm and simplify the process of culling lactation information.

Studying for the IBCLC Exam just got simpler

For a limited time, get access to the outline I used to synthesize LOADS of lactation info!

✓ Blank outline allows you to create a custom study tool (you are more likely to retain information you write down yourself!)

✓ Formatted to help you distill facts & keep your notes concise

✓  36 pages to help guide your note taking* 

Access to a private Facebook group to ask questions

*Please note: Some material on the IBLCE’s Detailed Content Outline (e.g. counseling skills, cultural competency, etc.) requires the application of knowledge/skills, so this study outline is NOT comprehensive. Please see the FAQs below for more information.

"The thing I love most about the IBCLC Exam Study Outline is that it made my notes useful. The outline is organized and can be used with any study program or book. I also liked the suggestions of what info is important for the exam. Before I started using the outline, I was overwhelmed and lacked direction. Thank you for the guidance and structure to help me pass the IBCLC exam."
Sara P.

The Quick-Start Study Outline Designed To Help You Streamline Your Learning


 Stay focused on essential topics and information, rather than getting lost in the details

✓ Spend less time feeling overwhelmed, since you have a structured outline to follow

 Study efficiently, because your notes are concise

 Have more time to devote to practice questions, since a lot of your studying will come from simply filling out your outline

 Benefit from the support of others who are working on filling out the same guide you have

 Be the IBCLC candidate who can answer others’ questions, instead of wondering them yourself!

"I purchased Gabby's IBCLC Exam Study Outline and it has helped me completely structure my notes and identify the important parts to remember! I was finding myself revising the same things over and over, but this has helped me identify where I needed to focus my study on more! It's definitely made my big textbooks a little less scary! Thank you so much Gabby, for a brilliant service to IBCLCs-to-be."
Rachael D.

Hey there, I'm Gabby!

And I know what it's like to feel overwhelmed studying for the IBCLC Exam.

I originally planned to read a few textbooks cover to cover, thinking I would absorb information as I went. It was extremely time consuming, and my notes were all over the place. When I thought I was ready for practice questions, I found myself getting question after question incorrect. And the exam was only three weeks away!

So I completely started over. My goal was to create a study guide that fit everything I wanted to remember about a topic on roughly one page: One page on lactation-related hormones, one page outlining major macros in human milk… You get the idea. The next thing I knew, I had made myself a pretty fantastic study guide! I went on to pass the IBCLC exam in September 2020 with a score above the 90th percentile. 

When I had over 100 people ask how they might get their hands on a copy of my study guide, I decided to create an outline anyone can use–a resource to help you streamline your studying and spend less time stressing!

Frequently Asked Questions

What's Included with the IBCLC EXAM STUDY OUTLINE?

The IBCLC Exam Study Outline is a 36 page BLANK outline with organized prompts for you to take concise notes on:

  • Breast development (in utero through pregnancy)
  • Anatomy of the breast, breast variations, nipple variations
  • Lactation & pregnancy hormones and their functions
  • Stages of lactation
  • Proteins, fats, and carbs in human milk and their functions/immunological properties
  • Vitmains/minerals/enzymes in human milk
  • Milk changes over time (preterm milk vs. colostrum vs. term milk)
  • Breastfeeding & viral/bacterial/fungal infections
  • Factors affecting drug entry into human milk
  • Medications and breastfeeding
  • Infant reflexes
  • Developmental milestones
  • Birth weight and Infant weight gain
  • Infant gut bacteria
  • Infant sleep and Infant states
  • Maternal nutrition during lactation
  • Oral assessment
  • Cranial nerves
  • Breast surgery
  • Milk storage guidelines
  • Maternal and infant health conditions
  • Devices and tools to support breastfeeding
  • Strategies for supporting breastfeeding in different circumstances (e.g. low supply, oversupply, relactation, etc.)
  • Stooling & voiding
  • WHO code, Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and Innocenti Declaration
  • Research methods
  • Statistics
  • Important terminology
  • And much more!
You also get access to a private Facebook group to ask questions you may have as you fill out the outline and get support from other candidates studying alongside you. 


No. But this is actually a good thing! 

Much of the benefit from a study outline like this comes from filling it out yourself. You are more likely to retain information you write down! 

Additionally, lactation research is constantly evolving. Filling out your own study outline ensures the information you have is the most recent information available, rather than hoping something I wrote down for an exam I took a couple years ago is still up-to-date. 


No. This product is not affiliated with IBLCE in any way.

While I am an IBCLC, I am not associated with the IBLCE in any other capacity. I do not write exam questions and cannot answer questions about future or past exams.  Any study strategies shared in this outline are my own personal recommendations. 

does the outline cover everything I need to know to pass the exam? Is It Comprehensive?

No. The IBLCE’s Detailed Content Outline is very broad, so it would be impossible to anticipate everything that could possibly be asked.  Additionally, you will need to know how to APPLY certain knowledge/skills (e.g. cultural competency, counseling skills, etc), which may be best learned through practice rather than through note taking.  

It is the buyer’s responsibility to ensure that they study all the material on the IBLCE’s Detailed Content Outline, which is available on the IBLCE website. 

Fortunately, the outline does cover a great number of topics you will need to know about, and if you come across something not included in the outline, you can also add the information to the margins or to the included “notes” page at the end of the outline. 

For best results, you will need to utilize additional study materials that are NOT included in this study outline, such as practice questions.

Are you available to answer questions I might have about Filling out the outline?

A Facebook group, which can be joined here, is available for you to ask questions about the outline. When joining, please be sure to answer the membership questionsread the group rules, and provide the email you used to make your purchase so your membership can be verified. 

Will I pass the exam if I know everything on this outline?

Purchasing this outline does NOT guarantee any specific exam outcome. 

How effective this outline will be depends on how thoroughly and accurately it is filled out and the extent to which you learn the material on it.  


At this time, the study outline is NOT an editable PDF.  There are programs you can use to make it editable if desired.

How/WHEN do I get my PDF?

Immediately after making your purchase, you will see a download link, and your download link will also be emailed to you with your receipt.

How do I pay? CAN I purchase this from Outside of the US?

Click the buy button below to be redirected to a secure payment portal. And YES! You can definitely purchase this if you are located outside of the United States. 

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