We offer training programmes suited to equipping and empowering volunteers to become Accredited Breastfeeding Peer Supporters within a group setting. All of our courses are carefully aligned with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative.
We currently offer 5 training courses:
- Breastfeeding Peer Support in the Community (Level 1 – specifically aimed at Young Mums)
- Breastfeeding Peer Support in the Community (Level 2)
- Breastfeeding Peer Support in the Hospital (Level 2)
- Breastfeeding Antenatal Peer Support (Level 2)
- Delivering Breastfeeding Peer Support Training (Level 3)
The training is accredited to Level 1, 2 or 3 with the APT Awards. The Peer Support in the Community and Antenatal Peer Support is typically delivered over a 6 week period in 2 hour weekly sessions. The Peer Support in the Hospital is a ‘top-up’ course delivered over 1 full day and one half day. Delivering Peer Support Training is delivered in one day. The trainees are required to submit a portfolio of evidence to achieve their accreditation.
Real Baby Milk is a project of Pollenn Community Interest Company (CIC) and is a Training Centre with APT Awards and committed to providing high quality training course materials and resources. We have a process by which we are able to empower others to deliver our training and we have to ensure that training will be delivered to a particular level and in line with our Quality Assurances.
Why choose Real Baby Milk?
- NICE guidelines state that Peer Supporters should be attend a recognised, externally accredited training course in breastfeeding peer support, such as that provided by Real Baby Milk.
- The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative for the community requires that the programmes are audited and evaluated regularly and then changed if they are not meeting mothers’ needs. We have been running the Peer Support training in Cornwall since 2008 and Cornwall is the ONLY County to be accredited with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative – the peer supporters had a huge part to play in that.
“Cornwall was recently accredited by UNICEF as Baby Friendly, it is the first county in the UK to achieve this award in both hospital and community settings and the work of the volunteer mums was crucial to us achieving this” Stephanie Heard, Infant Feeding Coordinator
- We believe that it is important to have accredited training as it ensures a national standard and to make it clear as to what the role of a Peer Supporter is. We offer training programmes suited to equipping and empowering volunteers to become Accredited Peer Supporters within a group setting.
- We believe Peer Supporters flourish in groups and it is the groups which are key to ensuring sustainability – we focus specifically at this including how groups can become self sufficient as well as sharing evident-based information with other mums.
- Peer Supporters who complete our training automatically become members of our Peer Support Network. Members of the Network receive our monthly e-newsletter and invited to Our Peer Support conference is always popular and combines local networking with training and interesting speakers. Past speakers have included Gabrielle Palmer, author of the Politics of Breastfeeding and Gill Rapley, author of Baby Led Weaning. We have a very active facebook and twitter page which is updated regularly. We are currently developing our website to include informative videos made especially to support Peer Supporters.
- An enhanced Peer Support network can also consists of our popular Bespoke Essential Guide, a dedicated Peer Support Coordinator who can offer supervision and share best practice as well as help with funding. We also provide specialist knowledge to empower Young Mums, support businesses in your area to become Baby Friendly.