Breastfeeding Peer Support Course Description
The Breastfeeding Peer Support course is designed as an add-on to the Feeding And Carrying Advocacy course and therefore prior attendance to the Feeding and Carrying Course is necessary to book onto this course.
This course will cover what the role of a breastfeeding peer supporter entails and the basics of how to support a parent on their feeding journey and through difficult circumstances. We’ll cover the basics of positioning and attachment and the physiology of the mother and the baby for a better understanding of what to expect of the normal newborn in those early weeks and months.
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)
Role and limitations of a breastfeeding peer supporter:
We will explore our options as a peer supporter and visit the concepts of when to step in, when to help, when to refer and when listening is enough.
We will delve into various aspects of communication skills and how we can hold space in a supportive way. We will reflect on our listening skills and information sharing, as well as the boundaries around giving advice.
Noticing judgement and bias:
We will explore what our personal triggers are and how we can notice their influence over our support role.
We will look into various policies affecting the lactating world and discuss their importance.
Mother/Lactating Parent’s Anatomy & Physiology:
We will explore female anatomy and physiology with regards to lactation.
Baby’s Physiology and Anatomy:
The feeding journey can span hours to years and we’ll journey through the needs of the baby over this time, whilst considering how their anatomy and physiology can impact the feeding relationship.
Positioning and attachment:
We will look into latching positions and discuss potential limitations.
When Breastfeeding doesn’t work out:
We will discuss what options are available to the peer supporter in terms of supporting families who are feeling that breastfeeding is not working out.
You only need some paper and a pen/pencil.