About the Course
You must apply and be approved to purchase this course.
Please do not purchase this course until you have contacted the ABM and been formally accepted or you risk losing your fee
The ABM Mother Supporter course will ensure that you have a good knowledge of normal breastfeeding,
This course is equivalent to peer support-level training offered by other breastfeeding and NHS organisations. Once qualified, you will be able to offer support and encouragement to families in everyday breastfeeding situations but you will not be solving any breastfeeding problems. You will learn when and to where you should signpost families who may need further breastfeeding support.
You must have breastfed at least one child for at least six months so you can appreciate the experiences that families go through. This does not need to be exclusive breastfeeding, or without challenges.
This course is for mothers who want to support other mothers in a voluntary capacity. This course is not suitable for those offering breastfeeding support as part of a paid role, or within another family orientated business.
Please note, if you are considering training as an ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor in the future you will need to have completed this course first.
In order to purchase and enrol on the Mother Supporter Course you will need to complete an application form and provide a reference from someone who holds a professional qualification and can vouch that you’re a genuine applicant. You can request an application form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you’ve been accepted for training, we’ll request the training fee of £25, plus an annual membership fee of £20, totaling £45.
- Welcome - Introduction and Housekeeping
- 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
- Breastfeeding Observation 1
- Breastfeeding Observation 2
- Recommended and further reading list
- Reflecting on this training course
- Checklist and celebration
- Course resources