The course is usually split over 2 workshops which are both 3.5 hours long, or will be completed over a full day.
This will be delivered online via zoom, with some optional face to face workshops in Birmingham. You can complete this training whether you have breastfed or not, however your opportunities for volunteering or paid work might be restricted depending on the criteria of the organisation.
The training is based on the Solihull Approach model as set with the BFI and NHS standards for supporting mothers with breastfeeding. This course is designed for parent volunteers, student midwives and workers such as family support workers who have an interest or who are working with families offering breastfeeding support during antenatal or postnatal period. As an aspiring midwife, this will help give you some excellent peer supporter skills for talking to women and their families about their plans for feeding their baby whether antenatal or postnatal support is being offered.
Workshops will cover:
Introduction to peer supporter training and breastfeeding
Communication – helpful ways of providing support
Emotional significance of breastfeeding
Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby
Hormones connected to breastfeeding
Anatomy of the breast
Nutritional information on breast milk
Breastfeeding and common breastfeeding difficulties
Emotional responses to and support for breastfeeding difficulties
Practical demonstrations - skills based assessment
Infant feeding with other methods
Boundaries, confidentiality and moving forward.
Signposting mothers to additional help and support
Post workshop competency assessment - this is referred to throughout.
This course is fully compliant with the Baby friendly Initiative.
****Additional certification: Introduction to telephone support training – this is a written task which can be completed anytime for you to obtain an additional certificate in order to offer telephone support. Ongoing support is always available via the social media chat forum.
Upon completion you will receive feedback and a certificate in the post that states “You have successfully completed the Peer Breastfeeding Supporter Training” - this can only be issued once competencies have been achieved. You will also have access to a BPS resources page
You can list this course on your UCAS form as well as use you competency tasks in your portfolio for interview should you wish to create one.
Places will only be confirmed once booking form and payment are received via Eventbrite.
Various dates available throughout the year - please click book now for dates available.
Your right to cancel and receive a full refund starts the moment you pay your course fee of £75 to secure your place and ends after 14 days. If you select to have a refund at ANY point within the 14 days this will deduct a £5 administration charge. No refunds issued after 14 days. You may be able to transfer onto another course depending on availability.
Each course allocated 6 places only. Weekend day and Evening courses available - Please view dates on the booking form.
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Thank you for sending through the excellent resources and just wanted to say how amazing I found the first half of the course - really informative and so well adapted for online. Thank you so much!
Thank you for a fabulous second half to the peer support course yesterday- I have learnt some really valuable stuff.