Train To Be A Registered Volunteer

We provide two levels of breastfeeding training designed for mums who have breastfed.  This can be provided as part of a Peer Support project or as a stand-alone activity to increase breastfeeding awareness and support in a specific area.  We are also able to deliver training to health professionals or other customer-facing staff, to increase their knowledge of how to support a breastfeeding mother.

BfN training is open to all women who have breastfed their babies and is open to mothers of all ages from many backgrounds; to enable them to widen their knowledge, skills and experience to support breastfeeding within their communities.
There are two stages of training:

BfN Helper Course (Peer Supporter)Ask my mum

By completing the course you can hope to achieve:

  • The knowledge to support other new mums with breastfeeding.
  • A nationally recognised, Open College Network accredited qualification.
  • Work experience and up-to-date references to apply for a job in the future.
  • Opportunity to continue training to become BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporter.

Funding permitting, training should be free to trainees and may include a crèche facility.
BfN Registered Breastfeeding Helpers (peer supporters) and can volunteer in a variety of different ways: in BfN Breastfeeding drop-in groups, in hospitals, schools and in antenatal classes. You may be able to visit mums who live near you.

BfN Supporter Course

BfN Registered Breastfeeding Helpers may go on to do a second stage of training. On completion you become a BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporter gaining skills to work independently and offer phone support on Supporterline and on the National Breastfeeding Helpline. All BfN volunteers receive regular supervision and ongoing training to maintain the quality of their work.

What People Say About our Courses

This feedback comes from people who completed our training including mums training to be volunteers, Health Visitors and Midwifery Care Assistants.

“Training to be a Breastfeeding Supporter was one of my best decisions ever. It’s been incredibly rewarding and moving to support other mums who choose to breastfeed their babies. A side effect of the thorough and interesting training is the feeling of achievement and value I’ve experienced.””I found the course as a whole really interesting, I found the group work and one-to-one sessions interesting as I was able to see other points of view and got to understand and appreciate other mothers experiences.”

If you have other questions you should find the answers in our Breastfeeding Training Frequently Asked Questions.  You may also find it useful to take a look at our Code of Conduct and the Questions about Avoiding Conflicts of Interest to find out if you would be eligible to train with us.

Availability of Training

Click here to go to our Peer Support Projects page where you can view individual project pages and contact details.

If your area is not listed it is unlikely that we are currently offering training near you.  We are developing new courses and information will be made available here on the website and on social media so please keep checking back.  If you would like to tell us more about why you would like to train please email, including your:

  • Name
  • Contact telephone number
  • Postcode
  • Main reason for wanting to train

We will keep these details on file and we will try to let you know of any new courses that may be of interest.  Any information you send us will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

E-Learning courses

We are working on developing a suite of e-learning courses. The first of these “Supporting breastfeeding mothers with thrush” is now available via our online shop.

This e-learning module takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete and at the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Describe the main causes of thrush in breastfeeding mums and babies
  • Identify appropriate treatment of thrush
  • Explain what other things can also cause pain while breastfeeding
  • Provide support for breastfeeding women with thrush

Commissioning our Training

It is also possible to commission a course for up to 12 trainees. This can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your group, for example in the past we have run half day Breastfeeding Awareness courses for Primary Care Trusts and have delivered commissioned courses for GP practices. Click here to view more details.

To discuss this in more detail please email  or call us on 0844 412 0995.

Finding Alternative Training

In areas where BfN is not able to offer training you may be interested in the following:

Other organisations who provide training include

Page last updated May 2020