Feeding and Carrying Advocacy Course Description

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 course 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

Equipment Needed

Access to Zoom. You may like having it on a fixed device and also on a mobile device, so you can move around your space.
You might benefit from the largest screen you have available.
Something to take notes
Some space for the practical work.
Some snacks
Some drinks
1 Demo doll, preferably one with jointed soft limbs and weighted.
1 Woven wrap (preferably a long one but a medium size can be made to work)
1 Stretchy wrap (ideally 2: 1 1-way and 1 2-way)
1 Meh dai
1 Buckle carrier
1 Ring sling
1 Scarf (roughly the same size as your height)
Something to take notes
Things to make yourself comfortable – loose clothing, slippers, a cushion or something to sit on, some knitting if it helps you focus, anything really!
Lunch (snacks are provided)
1 Demo doll, preferably one with jointed soft limbs and weighted.
1 Woven wrap (preferably a long one but a medium size can be made to work)
1 Stretchy wrap (ideally 2: 1 1-way and 1 2-way)
1 Meh dai
1 Buckle carrier
1 Ring sling
1 Scarf (roughly the same size as your height)

If you do not have all the equipment required for the course there are a number of options.

For Slings & Carriers

  • Hire. We recommend It’s a Sling Thing
  • Buy second hand. We recommend Jeni at Little Possums Pre-loved. They offer options for most purses including a pay as you feel selection which you may find suitable for training and demos. There are also second hand boards on Facebook but these may feel overwhelming.
  • Buy new. Depending on what you need we may suggest different retailers, so drop us an email or call Lorette to discuss your specific needs.

For Demo Dolls

  • Borrow. Your local sling library might be able to help.
  • Buy second handLittle Possums Pre-loved may have some for sale.
  • Buy new. We recommend getting in touch with Slumber-Roo.

Testimonials

See what our previous students have said about us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ to check if it has been asked before.

Need tailored information?

We understand that every situation is different and that you may still have questions. Please do get in touch and we will see what we can do!

Book your Course

Have a look at our course dates. If you cannot find a date that suits your needs, or a location that will work for you, do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

Slingababy Feeding and Carrying Advocates