Breastfeeding and Relationship Building Course

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The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding and Relationship course has undergone a review and refresh to include the latest and emerging evidence around infant feeding, relationship building, and how best to provide support in an ever changing environment for health services in the UK.

The updated course is suitable for all health professionals, such as midwifes, health visitors and dieticians. The learning may also be helpful for any others working to support babies and mothers. As well as providing detailed guidance on establishing and continuing breastfeeding and developing close and loving parent-infant relationships, the course takes a holistic view of the family’s journey through pregnancy, birth and the important days, weeks and months post-birth which have such a significant impact on future health and wellbeing.

The particular influences and pressures that new parents are exposed to within the UK cultural context will be explored, and participants will be encouraged to consider issues such as informed decision making about feeding and the importance of adopting a non-judgemental approach without undermining breastfeeding. Responsive parenting for all babies regardless of feeding method will be a theme throughout, and participants will look at ways to protect and maximise breastmilk if parents are combination or mixed feeding and to enable safer and more responsive bottle feeding. Consideration will also be given to emerging evidence around the human microbiome and epigenetics and the potential impact this may have on current and future health.

The course is designed to encourage discussion and interaction and will include a variety of different training approaches to meet the needs of different learning styles.

Please note: this updated course replaces the previous Breastfeeding and Relationship Building courses for maternity and health visiting staff. Completion of this course does not equate to a formal qualification in infant feeding support.

In-house courses

This is the most economical way of accessing these courses. Training is provided on the organisation’s own premises for up to 16 staff. The 2020 price is £5,950.

Some organisations send all their staff on the course, while others choose to hold the course jointly with a neighbouring facility or hold it for several within the region. To discuss booking the course for your staff, please call the Baby Friendly Initiative on 020 7375 6144 or e-mail us at

Open courses

These are open to anyone and are held at central locations (see the booking form for the latest details). An individual place costs £470 (2020 price).

You can book a place on an open course by using our open course booking form.

Full open course listings can be found on our courses page.

Breastfeeding and Relationship Building Course for Health Professionals and others: Participant’s pack

Excellent course with lots of knowledge gained. Workbook is a great asset to the course to take away and be able to use in the workplace and share with colleagues ... knowledge of the trainers was a benefit to all attendees.
Course participant