The Feeding and Carrying Advocacy course is designed to support both baby-carrying professionals (advocates, peer supporters and consultants) and infant feeding professionals (advocates, peer supporters, counsellors, lactation consultants). It aims to provide you with the tools to understand and facilitate the combining of the two sets of skills. We are passionate about both topics and we believe that this course could lead to increase rates of breastfeeding and increased rates of carrying. We also want to emphasise that this couse is about supporting the diversity of families and feeding options.

We pride ourselves on the quality of all the add-ons you get with the course

A one-day course, covering theoretical and practical knowledge, helping you gain confidence so that you have the skills to support parents as soon as you have attended the course.

Handouts: We understand that there is a lot to take in and that you want to pay full attention to what is being taught without worrying about taking too many notes. All handouts provided are kept up-to-date and you will always be given access to the most recent versions.

Access to a support group: the support group is held on Facebook and benefits from other feeding and carrying advocates’ experience. If you do not wish to be on Facebook, you can always contact your trainer directly for support. Your trainer can also contact the Facebook group on your behalf.

The right to re-attend the course as many times as you like! (with a nominal admin fee).

 

All of this for as little as £100! (for a course in mainland Great Britain, please contact us for courses further afield)

Theory

– Benefits of feeding with help from a sling:
We will discuss how carrying and feeding are skills that are mutually beneficial. We will explore current research and existing practices.

– Role and limitations of a carrying and feeding advocate:
We will define our role and our boundaries and discuss the language that will help facilitate combining the two skills.

– Safety whilst feeding and carrying
Whilst most carrying is straightforward, there are associated risks that need to be discussed in order to limit issues. We will visit guidelines and how to relate them to most baby practices.

Practical Skills

Vertical, cradle and rugby hold feeding

Bottle feeding and carrying

Pumping and carrying

Cup feeding, syringe feeding, supplemental nursing system and carrying

Basic front or hip carries in a woven wrap, a stretchy wrap, a ring sling, a meh dai, a buckle carrier and a simple scarf

Full support versus carrying aid

Breastfeeding covers

Skills developed

Confidence

Empathy

Respect

Active Listening

Observation

Pedagogy (Teaching Theory)

Self-awareness

Curiosity

Slingababy Feeding and Carrying Advocates