• Good quality training is crucial to ensure that those involved with caring for mothers and babies have the skills and knowledge to ensure best practice around breastfeeding is implemented.

    The Baby Friendly Initiative provides a variety of courses and online training to support health professionals as they work towards the stages to full accreditation.

    All training products have been developed by our team of experienced Baby Friendly Initiative tutors and assessors, and are specifically designed to help participants achieve the high standard of practice required in Baby Friendly health-care facilities. They are evidence-based and accompanied by comprehensive workbooks and other materials.

    Dates and booking

    You can book a place on an open course for 2014 or 2015 through our online booking system or by using our open course booking form.

    Full open course listings including dates, venue, and exact availability can be found here. New open courses are listed here as soon as they are available for booking.

    If you would like us to teach a course to a group of your staff, at a venue provided by you (in-house course), please call 020 7375 6052 or email us.

    Our courses are designed for health professionals working in the UK healthcare system. On occasion we can accept international attendees but if you are not UK based but would like to enquire about attending a training session, please email contact us with details of the course you are interested in and we will assess your suitability. We do invite international delegates to attend our conferences

    The following courses are currently available:

    Breastfeeding and relationship building

    The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative has developed three new courses to support the future implementation of the revised Baby Friendly standards on relationship building and breastfeeding for maternity, health visiting and children’s centre staff.

    Each course addresses the specific learning and development needs required by different groups of staff. Available as an in-house or open course.

    Click here for the course for maternity staff.

    Click here for the course for health visiting/public health nursing staff.

    Click here for children's centre staff.

    Embedding Baby Friendly standards in neonatal care

    This course aims to provide neonatal staff with the knowledge and practical skills to fully implement the neonatal standards in their workplace. There will be a strong focus on the importance of relationship building, involving parents as true partners in care and supporting breastmilk use and the transition to breastfeeding. It is available as an open course.

    Train the Trainer

    Train the Trainer aims to provide participants with information and ideas on how to deliver effective in-house training to their staff group. Participants will gain an understanding of how people learn and what factors need to be taken into account when implementing a programme of training. They will explore basic teaching strategies and consider how these can be applied to the teaching of key topics relevant to Baby Friendly practice. All participants will be required to deliver a short presentation which will be peer evaluated as part of the course. It is available as an open or in-trust course.

    Taking Baby Friendly to the next level: A course for infant feeding leads

    We are pleased to launch this brand new two-day course, designed to inspire infant feeding leads with suggestions and new ideas for implementing the revised Baby Friendly Initiative standards within their workplace.

    The course includes information on planning for change, how to incorporate the standards into established training programmes, setting up and evaluating a specialist service, conducting effective audit using the new audit tools and preparing for assessment. This interactive course also provides an excellent opportunity to learn from, collaborate with and network with leads in other areas.

    E-learning for GPs

    This new online package is designed to equip GPs with knowledge about the importance of breastfeeding, supporting breastfeeding women, common causes of, and treatment for, breastfeeding problems and information on prescribing, along with appropriate references and resources.

    E-learning for Paediatricians

    This course allows paediatricians to learn about breastfeeding in their own time, providing them with the information necessary to support mothers. It also provides CPD points for the paediatrician.