Breastfeeding and relationship building courses for university lecturers

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This course is aimed at university lecturers involved with midwifery and health visiting education programmes.

The course is closely linked to the Breastfeeding and Relationship building courses to improve understanding of the Baby Friendly standards and how they link to the university themes. Topics covered include how birth and hospital practices impact on and influence early mothering behaviour, the differences between breastmilk and infant formula and health risks associated with not breastfeeding, physiology of lactation and the additional roles of lactation hormones for relationship building, supporting effective and responsive feeding, compassionate communication and the impact of responsive parenting and attachment on a baby’s brain development.

In addition, the course will look at how best to incorporate the university themes and learning outcomes into specific programmes and consider effective ways to assess student learning in preparation for Baby Friendly assessment. Each participant will be provided with a copy of the Breastfeeding and Relationship Building workbook and a Train the Trainer USB which includes slides and information that will support individual training sessions.

Accessing the course

We are currently unable to conduct face-to-face training due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and will be running our courses virtually.  The Breastfeeding and Relationship Building Course consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: E-learning & observing a breastfeed and
  • Part 2: Two virtually taught days

As each part of the programme builds on previous content, it is very important for your overall learning experience that you complete all of the elements.

In-house courses

Virtual in-house training can be provided for up to 12 staff members. For more information, please email the Baby Friendly office at

Open courses

These virtual courses are open to anyone. To book, please visit our courses page which includes important information on  technological requirements and course availability. For any queries, please contact the Baby Friendly office at

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

"It made me nostalgic for, and passionate about, breastfeeding. I loved the warm gentleness of the facilitators, together with the creative, beautiful images and quotes. Inspirational! I liked the practical exercises that I could envisage using with students."

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