About the Course
Welcome to the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers' partner module.
It’s a good sign that you are here.
The fact you are even reading these words shows us you are already a good way down the road towards being a breastfeeding partner.
It suggests you understand how important YOU are going to be over the weeks and months ahead.
Breastfeeding is about the person who has the breasts but they can’t do this alone.
We know that breastfeeding is team work. It’s about knowing how breastfeeding works, knowing how newborns behave, accessing qualified support when things are challenging, providing encouragement and emotional support - and practical support around the home too.
It may be hard work. It might be difficult to watch the person you love experience some challenges but you can make all the difference.
We’ve been supporting breastfeeding families since 1979. We’ve seen firsthand how vital a mother’s support network is. We want you to feel prepared.
This module is aimed mainly at the partners of new mothers: the dads, the wives and their other halves.
It’s also useful for the grannies and grandads and the sisters and the brothers and the aunties and the uncles. Perhaps you didn’t breastfeed yourself? Or you did long ago when recommendations were different?
Now you want to be the best support you can be.
The module is broken into 5 sections:
- The decision to breastfeed
- How breastfeeding works
- How newborns behave
- What challenges can arise
- Where to get help
Within each section, you’ll find articles and videos along the way. You’ll also find some questions so you can check your understanding. Don't worry about ‘passing’ or ‘failing’. The aim is to empower you to become informed and confident.
At the end of each section, you’ll also find a ‘partner challenge’ – an activity you can do with your partner. It can take a few minutes in the car on the way to the supermarket, or however long you like. You can do them at any point in the course or afterwards!
Now click on the curriculum tab to get you started, once there you can click on each section in turn.
You'll find sections broken down into:
2) Study section
3) Partner challenge
The quizzes are self-marked so you can see straight away how you are getting on.
Let's get started!
- Unit - 1 The decision to breastfeed
- Unit - 2 How breastfeeding works
- Unit - 3 How newborns behave
- Unit - 4 What challenges can arise?
- Unit - 5 Where to get help