Doulas who are members of Doula UK are welcome to train with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers for breastfeeding support roles. There are three training options available.
Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother and Baby: Foundation Level
£200 (including first year’s membership fees)
This course is similar in content to the Mother Supporter training which the ABM offers to volunteer peer supporters. It is an introduction to the key elements of supporting women in their breastfeeding journey. You do not need to have breastfed yourself to apply for this course. You are asked to join the ABM and maintain membership for the duration of the time that you refer to the qualification as part of your doula practice. You are expected to keep your knowledge updated through reading the ABM magazine and on-going training is encouraged. Supervision is provided by your ABM Regional Supervisor and Doula UK equivalent.
Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother and Baby: Advanced Level
£750 (including 2 years’ membership fees)
If you are interested in completing our breastfeeding training to the same level as our breastfeeding counsellors, but do not wish to go on the helpline, this course is appropriate. The course gives a thorough training in breastfeeding support and lactation management. You will be assigned a supervisor who will give you help and support throughout your training. You will be able to offer mothers breastfeeding support and advertise your qualification as long as your remain an ABM member, but will be required to work within the ABM Codes of Conduct at all times. You will have equivalent knowledge to a breastfeeding counsellor but not receive the title, as you are not going on to fulfil our counsellor commitments. You do not need to have breastfed yourself to complete this course.
ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor Course
£125 (plus membership fees)
An ABM breastfeeding counsellor needs to have breastfed for at least six months before starting training. After training, an ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor is required to remain a counsellor for at least two years and be committed to offering telephone counselling through the National Breastfeeding Helpline and the ABM helpline in their own home. In order to remain a Breastfeeding Counsellor, ABM membership subscriptions must be up-to-date and you must either complete an approved study day or a revision module every year. On your initial application, Doula UK will be contacted and asked to provide a ‘statement of support’ alongside your other referees. You will be required to complete nine modules including the introductory Mother Supporter module and eight Breastfeeding Counsellor training modules. Modules are completed by home study and posted for assessment. The training normally takes about two years to complete, and is part time. The course gives a thorough training in breastfeeding support and lactation management and the counselling and listening skills needed to be able to volunteer on the national helplines. Many of our counsellors also choose to run breastfeeding drop-ins and support in their local community. On completion of the modules, there is then a supported probationary period of 6 months. You will receive on-going supervision from your regional supervisor.
To apply for any of these courses, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us: ABM, PO Box 207, Bridgwater TA6 7YT