Mother Supporter Course

This course will ensure that you have a good knowledge of normal breastfeeding, and fill in any gaps you may have. As a Mother Supporter, you will offer support and encourage normal breastfeeding, not solve complicated breastfeeding problems.

How to apply

To apply for this 12 week course please complete the application form at this link 
An application form must be completed before you proceed to order this course online.

The application process will include us asking for one reference.


NB: Although you may be able to purchase the course on our courses portal, your enrolment isn’t complete until we have received your application and verified your reference.


Course Introduction

Our most popular course for volunteers is our Mother Supporter course which offers trainees the opportunity to be able to support mother-to-mother, parent-to-parent.

As a Mother Supporter, you will encourage normal breastfeeding and you are not expected to solve complicated breastfeeding problems.

Our course is taken online in your home and can be accessed by computer, tablet or phone.

You will be given 12 weeks to complete the course once enrolled.  Please ensure you are able to meet this deadline before enrolling onto the course once accepted.

Our online course provides you with resources you need including:

# evidence-based research articles and audio / film clips and a recommended reading list.

# support from trainees and counsellors, on our dedicated Facebook ABM Trained and Training Group or through your regional supervisor.

The module is assessed through quizzes, short and long-answer sections and although it is based online, it includes interaction with a human ABM marker.

This course is not suitable for anyone who works with breastfeeding mothers in a paid capacity (e.g. postnatal doula or maternity nurse) and is only for those who will offer voluntary support. We do require that all our Mother Supporter trainees will have breastfed for a minimum of 6 months before they apply for training

Mother supporters need to retain ABM membership to keep the status of Mother supporter and to be covered by our insurance. You can choose to attend our regional study days and annual conference to supplement your learning.



∙ We anticipate that the 14 lecture sections and two breastfeeding observations will need approximately 35 hours of study.  Plan to spend at least 3 hours per week on the course in order to stay on track for your deadline.  This includes using the resources within the lessons and completion of the quizzes.

∙ Much of the course is self-marking and this should enable to you feel confident as you move through the course content.

∙ The expected outcome of this learning experience is that you will consolidate your knowledge around breastfeeding and understand why it is so valuable to families and communities. You will gain confidence to support other parents in your community.

∙ This course is suitable for those with a range of breastfeeding knowledge—from beginners to advanced—and is inclusive of differing ability.


Course Structure

Unit 1 – Why is breastfeeding important?

Unit 2 – How breastfeeding works

Unit 3 – Early days of breastfeeding

Unit 4 – Night times

Unit 5 – Positioning and attachment

Unit 6 – Breastfeeding challenges

Unit 7 – Drugs, medication and illness

Unit 8 – Starting solid foods

Unit 9 – Expressing breast milk

Unit 10 – Myth busting

Unit 11 – Communication skills

Unit 12 – Exploring Scenarios and appropriate referral

Unit 13 – Your role as a mother supporter

Unit 14 – The International Code

Unit 15 – Context of UK breastfeeding support

We also ask learners to do two breastfeeding observations during the course.

After completing the Mother Supporter course, some volunteers go on to complete our more in-depth course to become a breastfeeding counsellor and to volunteer on the National Breastfeeding Helpline.


Group and/or Organisation-paid Trainees
An administration fee will apply for any traineeships on our Mother Supporter, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Foundation and Advanced courses not paid for by the individual trainee. The admin fees are as follows:
Individual Trainees = £5 per person
Groups up to 10 = £50 flat rate
Groups up to 20 = £100 flat rate
Groups of more than 20 = £150 flat rate
This fee applies in any instance an organisation, NHS Trust or similar institution pays the training fee for an individual or group on one of our courses, and will be applied as standard. Any bookings of this type require a signed training agreement before enrollment.