The mother-child relationship is the foundation of human growth and we have to do all we can to support it. Dr Nan Jolly (Medical doctor, LLLSA Leader, Lactation consultant, former LLLI Board Member) said that breastfeeding is the child’s first foundational relationship and forms a template for all future relationships.
Marian Tompson (founding member of La Leche League International) said that “breastfeeding is more than just putting the baby to the breast and letting nature take its course”. Mothers and families need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding. A combination of peer and professional support is what helps families reach their breastfeeding goals.
An ONLINE year-long Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor Training Program, presented by LLLSA, covers the basic tools for Breastfeeding Peer Counsellors to provide lactation support to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in their own communities, and protect and promote breastfeeding.
The course has been compiled by using the 2020 Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative training course for maternity staff as a basis, and adding material from various Peer Counsellor training courses available (LLLNZ, WABA, Malaysia, Well Start, WIC, material supplied by Dilshaad Sungay (retired LLLSA Leader and breastfeeding peer counsellor trainer).
The course consists of 10 PARTs (30 hours of recordings), including homework, a “practical preview” and 10 live Q&As plus access to a Commination Skills Development Course.
Participants receive a link to a “PART” recording and handout every month. They need to watch the recordings in their own time and then complete an online Google form with questions (asked during the recording). Each part is a 3-4 hour long recording. Participants also complete a clinical practice (of which they receive more info after PART 4) where they implement their counselling skills and provide feedback on their experience talking with a pregnant and or breastfeeding mother.
Dates for the live Q&As are shared at the beginning of each year. Live Q&As are on a Friday morning, once a month.
As mentioned the course includes a Communications Skills Development Course. Since this is a Peer Counsellor course, effective communication is an essential part of training. The length of this communication skills development course is 6-9 hours.
If you think you can spare about 2 ½ hours per week for the next 10 months then you can do it!
Please follow this link to watch a 2023 recording of the INTRODUCTION session: https://youtu.be/RpPubYMZ1Zw. Because it is the 2023 recording, just ignore the links mentioned in the recording ;-), new links for homework and a WhastApp group will be provided for new participants each year.
Please email us at email@example.com (or firstname.lastname@example.org) for an updated INTRODUCTION handout and the link to register for the Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor Training, which starts in January each year.
If you feel a year to long, you have an option to attend a 5 hour Introduction to Breastfeeding Support SHORT course (R550) presented as a recording plus homework. Start date: All year round! To register please complete the online SHORT course Registration form
It takes a village to raise a child and breastfeeding peer supporters are that village in our modern society.
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