The ABM has been training breastfeeding counsellors and mother supporters for many years. We also offer certification for professionals who work with breastfeeding mothers and babies. “Education in the techniques of breastfeeding” is one of our core constitutional aims and we have been providing this since our foundation in 1979. We asked some of our more recent trainees to comment. Their training and their stories are below.
“Informative, interesting and challenging”. Val, Nottinghamshire. Mother Supporter.
“The Mother Supporter course was very thorough. At the end, I felt able to support a mum to encourage her in breastfeeding while knowing where to go to find her information and help if problems arose. I‘m now training to become an ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor. The support from the ABM training team and members in general is fantastic. The annual ABM conference is amazing and so enriching. Training with ABM is a very positive experience and one I would recommend to anyone who wants to support another woman on a breastfeeding journey”. Becks, Norfolk. Mother Supporter.
“I found ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor training challenging but incredibly interesting and learnt loads. I’ve since put it into practice on the National Breastfeeding Helpline and, locally, it’s been great to extend my knowledge as a volunteer at drop-in groups. I recommend anyone who’s interested in furthering her knowledge to do the course. And it’s so flexible as you study at home”. Kathryn, Harrow. Breastfeeding Counsellor.
“I gained so much knowledge and confidence”. Anna, Carmarthenshire. Mother Supporter.
“A wealth of breastfeeding knowledge that my own private studies and peer supporter training didn’t delve into”. Jane. Mother Supporter.
“I learnt a great deal as each question required a really good bit of thought, reading and research. The course didn’t try to simplify breastfeeding and the qualities and knowledge required to provide breastfeeding support.” Lucy, Hertfordshire. Mother Supporter and BFC trainee.
“The ABM Mother Supporter course bolstered my experience-based understanding of breastfeeding with scientific evidence and showed me how much more I have to learn! I have a better idea of the broad range of baby and breastfeeding behaviours and I know where to signpost women for further support. I hope to use my training in the local hospital maternity ward to support new mothers who have chosen to breastfeed and I plan to start the ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor course soon.” Leah, Manchester. Mother Supporter.
“I’m really proud of myself for completing the training and furthering my knowledge in breastfeeding – not because I had to but because I wanted to.” Kate, Hampshire. Mother Supporter.