Background knowledge and practical skills

Most health-care trusts find that they need to provide training in breastfeeding for their staff in order that they can provide the standard of care expected in Baby Friendly facilities. Effective training is a key component to enable successful implementation of best practice standards. However many health professionals who are given responsibility for training may not have the time or experience to develop and deliver a comprehensive training package.

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.

Participants who have attended the course will be provided with a package of training materials which cover all the essential topics. Each topic will include aims and learning outcomes, sample lesson plans, ideas for how to teach each session, and PowerPoint presentations with accompanying notes pages.

See the participants' pack (link on right) for more details on the aims and objectives of the course.

Who is the course for?

The Train the Trainer course is provided for those staff who have been identified as Baby Friendly trainers within the workplace i.e. have been given ring-fenced time to provide classroom training as part of the Trust education programme. It is essential that participants have previously completed pre-requisite training: Either UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative’s course in Breastfeeding and Lactation management for neonatal nurses or Breastfeeding and Relationship Building - For maternity, health visiting or childrens centre staff.

In-house courses

Training can be provided on the trust's own premises for up to 12 staff.  The 2016 price is £7700. To discuss holding the course for your staff, please call the Baby Friendly Initiative on 020 7375 6052 or e-mail us at

Open courses

These are open to anyone and are held at central locations. An individual place costs  £720 (2016 price).

You can book a place on an open course 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.


Please note that our services are usually booked up several months in advance and your first preferred date may not always be available.

For enquiries, please call the office on 020 7375 6144.

Updated materials

A CD with updated presentations and notes, reflecting the changes in the Baby Friendly Initiative standards, is now available to purchase for £30. Please note this resource is limited to one purchase per person and only available to those who have previously attended the Train the Trainer course. Click here to download an order form.

Updated files for CD of Train the Trainer resources: August 2013 

  • Session 12 - Challenging situations: The nappies slide
  • Session 6 - Positioning: The CHIN slide
  • Session 3 - Anatomy and physiology: the responsive feeding slide

Download the PowerPoint file here