Frequently Asked Questions about training with BfN

What will it cost me?

As a mother undertaking the Helpers course it should cost you no more than membership of the organisation.

Will BfN training improve my chances of employment?

Training with the BfN will not lead to paid employment with the BfN but it may improve your prospects through work experience and up-to-date references to apply for a job in the future.

I am going to be made redundant, will BfN training help to find a new job?

Training with the BfN will not lead to paid employment with the BfN but it may improve your prospects through work experience and up-to-date references to apply for a job in the future. To avoid disappointment it is best to check that you will be able to register as a BfN volunteer before embarking on training.

How long am I expected to volunteer with BfN after training?

As our training is free to trainees we hope you will volunteer with us once you have completed your course. There is no limit on how short or long this should be, in the past we have found that Helpers remain registered on average for 2.3 years and Supporters remain registered an average for 6.7 years.

I am a heath professional – can I do a training course with you?

Currently, our main training is for mothers who have breastfed who wish to train as volunteer Helpers and Supporters. A separate course is planned for health professionals who wish to improve their breastfeeding knowledge for professional reasons. There is expected to be a charge for this course. Details will be available on the website in due course.

I have not had a baby/ breastfed can I train?

Currently, our training is aimed at mothers who have breastfed.

I am a doula, can I train with BfN?

Doulas who are working privately and earning money from parents are not eligible to train as a Breastfeeding Network volunteer because this isn’t compatible with our Code of Conduct for Breastfeeding Network Volunteers.

How long will training take?

Helper training covers 12 two-hour sessions, usually weekly.

Can I bring my baby to BfN training?

Babes in arms are welcome at all BfN events.