Doula training for breastfeeding support roles

Doulas who are members of UK Doula organisations are welcome to train with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers for breastfeeding support roles. There are three training options available.
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Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother and Baby: Foundation Level

£175 (including first year’s membership fees)

This online course is similar in content to the MS training which the ABM offers to volunteer peer supporters. It is an introduction to the key elements of supporting families in their breastfeeding journey. You do not need to have breastfed yourself to apply for this course. You will need to 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. Whilst completing the Foundation course you will have an ABM tutor for support through the training.


Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother and Baby: Advanced Level

£725 (including 2 years’ membership fees)

If you are interested in completing our breastfeeding training to the same level as our BFC, but don’t 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 you remain an ABM member, but will be required to work within the ABM Codes of Conduct . You will have equivalent knowledge to a BFC but not receive the title of BFC, as you are not going on to fulfil our BFC commitments. You do not need to have breastfed yourself to complete this course.


ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor Course

£125 (plus membership fees)

An ABM BFC needs to have breastfed for at least six months before starting training and a reference from your Doula organisation mentor. The course is slightly different to the normal BFC training route. The MS and BFC courses are completed as one course with no gap, and full payment is required upfront for both courses. The course is called BFC (Combined) course. Doulas cannot apply for the MS course as stand alone course. After training, an ABM BFC must answer NBH calls from their own home for at least two years. You’ll need to keep your ABM membership up to date and attend an approved study day each year. There are nine training modules including the introductory MS module and eight BFC training modules. The initial MS module is available online. The following eight modules are sent and marked by email. The training normally takes about two years to complete and gives a thorough training in breastfeeding support and lactation management, as well as the counselling and listening skills needed to volunteer on the NBH. Many of our BFC also choose to run breastfeeding drop-ins and support in their local community. As a qualified BFC there is a probationary period of six months on the NBH during which you’ll be supported by your BFCC.

Please contact for information about applying for BFC/Advanced training. 

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