Breastfeeding London Course

The Breastfeeding London Course is a set of 12 monthly Study days (90 hours of lactation specific education) that meets the IBCLE exam requirements.  It is designed for health care providers and lay people who want to provide accurate, current and evidence-based information about breastfeeding and lactation to expectant/new families.

Our Course is the only one in the UK that has been granted professional accreditation by the Royal College of Midwives and is taught by a multidisciplinary faculty.  It is listed as a Course Provider by the International Lactation Consultants Association.

The content applies to best practice issues in the clinical setting; it includes didactic, practical clinical and counselling skills, as well as homework. The Study days are interactive, they enhance multiple kinesthetic learning styles and include:

  • A power point presentation
  • Practical activities
  • Videos
  • Clinical cases
  • Games
  • Role plays
  • Quizzes

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-19-24-16A comprehensive material pack, as well as a certificate of attendance, will be issued and 6.30 individual lactation specific education hours (per Study day ) can be granted upon request by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) are awarded by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners to IBCLCs that need to recertify,  Breastfeeding London has been recognised by the IBCLE as a Short-term Provider; Approval/Registry number is: 316049K.

All study days are held either at the Morden Baptist Church (Crown Lane, Morden SM4 5BL), the Barkantine Centre (121 Westferry Road, E14 8JH), from 09.00-17.00 (with exam quiz).

  • Next Course: June 2019 

Professional training for hospitals/HCP (in-house)

Would you like our training to come to you?  Do you have a group of colleagues (HCP, midwives, nurses, health visitors, GPs, lay professionals) that might be interested and have some teaching space?

Our training can be delivered according to your needs and requirements anywhere in the UK or abroad (in English, French or Spanish) and can include:

  • breastfeeding peer supporters training
  • specialist conferences,
  • practical seminars,
  • one-day training courses,
  • basic seminar,
  • team training on individual topics.

Our Breastfeeding Course is intended for:

  • All health professionals with an interest in supporting breastfeeding dyads that want to update their knowledge
  • Birth and post natal doulas
  • NCT/Birth preparation educators
  • Maternity nurses
  • Midwives and student  midwives
  • Infant Feeding Coordinators
  • Pediatricians
  • Breastfeeding counsellors or breastfeeding support workers
  • Community and children center’s staff
  • Candidates preparing or re-sitting the IBLCE examination
  • Pregnant mothers

Clinical instruction/mentoring programme

This is available only to those that enrol in the full Course.  The primary purpose is to prepare individuals for this profession and help them grow into competent and compassionate IBCLCs. This programme takes individuals through the minimal competency tested on the IBCLC exam to produce a professional IBCLC who can apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to support breastfeeding dyads.  A variety of settings and modalities are available, do enquire if you are interested.

We receive an incredible amount of requests to shadow/observe our practice, but unfortunately, this option is only possible for people that enrol in our whole Breastfeeding Course.

The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust group after finishing their full 12 days Course in March 2017! 

Why chose in-person education?

There is evidence that suggests that online education, in general, is inferior to in-person education.  That is because retention of information and pass rates are lower for those who take an online class versus an in-person class.  In-person education allows you to ask questions and get immediate answers, plus it develops critical thinking, which is a crucial quality of a competent IBCLC.  In-person education uses multiple kinesthetic learning styles through practical hands-on experiences.  Online education can reach more people and be done in the comfort of one’s home, but quantity does not equal quality.

We are very proud to say that we have a 100% passing rate from Course participants that have taken the IBCLC exam!


Study day 1: Anatomy and physiology

  • Breastfeeding cultural beliefs and practices around the world
  • Breast and nipple structure and development
  • Breast and nipple anatomical variations (including inverted nipples)
  • Maternal physiology and endocrinology (hormones, lactogenesis, endocrine/autocrine control of milk supply)

Study day 2: Breast milk composition

  • Maternal and infant health risks of formula feeding
  • Biochemistry of human milk: nutritional and immunological properties
  • Antenatal breastfeeding preparation for couples/mothers
  • How birth practices affect breastfeeding

Study day 3: Position and attachment

  • Physiology of the suck, swallow, breathe cycle
  • Getting breastfeeding started with evidence-based care
  • The diversity of position and attachment (mother and baby-led  approaches)
  • Latch problems and how to improve
  • Strategies for non-latching babies

Study day 4: Breast and nipple pain + related pathologies

  • Understanding breast and nipple pain/trauma
  • Engorgement, Plugged ducts, Mastitis, Abscess, Bacterial + Fungal Infections and Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Other breast pathologies
  • Available treatments based on NICE guidelines and other treatments

Study day 5: Under and oversupply + breast surgeries

  • Oversupply
  • Insufficient milk supply/insufficient milk transfer
  • Breastfeeding after augmentation surgery
  • Breastfeeding after reduction surgery

Study day 6: Counselling and communication skills

  • Right and left brain approaches for effective communication/counselling
  • Standards of practice/ethics
  • The anatomy of a consultation
  • Social/family context of breastfeeding and postnatal adaption

Study day 7: Ankyloglossia/Tongue ties

  • Anatomy of the infant oral cavity
  • Classification and assessment tools of tongue ties (anterior and posterior)
  • Intraoral digital examinations
  • Impact of tongue ties on the breastfeeding dyad
  • Supporting the dyad through the journey: pre and post division

Study day 8: Breastfeeding devices

  • Expressing protocols
  • Hand expression and ante-natal expression/harvesting of colostrum
  • Alternative methods of supplementation and other breastfeeding devices
  • Donor milk banking
  • Re-lactation and Breastfeeding without birthing

Study day 9

  • Introduction of solids
  • Weaning: mother led and biological
  • Working while breastfeeding
  • The grief of a “failed” breastfeeding experience and how to prepare for next time; the loss of a baby and lactation care
  • Complementary alternative medicine for the breastfeeding dyad

Study day 10

  • Premies and late preterm babies
  • Challenging early feeds including
    • Downs syndrome
    • Twins & Multiples
    • Oral facial anomalies
  • Colic
  • Reflux and GERD in the breastfed baby
  • Allergies and food intolerances

Study day 11: Newborn assessment

  • Newborn assessment: physical and behavioural including neonatal reflexes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperbilirubina
  • Maternal medication and breastfeeding
  • Preparing for the IBCLC examination

Study day 12

  • Research, theory and lactation
  • Breastsleep, bed-sharing and SIDS
  • The World Health Organization Code and the influence of commercial baby food industries
  • Exam review strategies and mock exam!

Next Course: June 2019 (Bookings open in January 2019! Email us to be on interest list and receive the booking form)


  • Full 12 days Course: £1100 (one payment only)
  • Full 12 days Course: £1250 (£260 non-refundable deposit + 6 X £165 by monthly standing order only)
  • Full 12 days Course when an invoice to NHS Trust is needed: £1400
  • Full 12 days Course Course for unwaged voluntary Breastfeeding Counsellors or Student Midwives: £160 deposit (non-refundable) + 10X  £80 monthly payments (by monthly standing order only)

Full payment is needed PRIOR to the start of each Course.

All previous Courses have been FULLY booked in the past so PLEASE enquire to check availability BEFORE sending your payment.

People that book the whole Course are eligible to do the Clinical instruction programme through the duration of their Course, please enquire about the application process.

If you would like to book on one or a few Single Study days, bookings will start in May 2018 if places are left.

Cancellations/refund policy

As per Trading Standards, a full refund is available 7 days from receipt of payment.
If you have paid your course and are unable to commence study, you may request a refund of the course fee. We will refund your fee on the following basis:- If you cancel your place at least 28 days before your course starts, all tuition fees paid are refundable less an administrative fee of 20% of the full course fee. If you cancel your place less than 28 days before your course starts or withdraw before the start date, 50% of the full course fee is refundable. If you withdraw after commencement date no refund is payable. Any refund will be paid within 4 weeks after receipt of your completed request for a refund.  If the course is cancelled by the course provider; a full refund is available.

Babies welcome

We endorse the Innocenti Declaration and believe that observing real babies and mothers is a central part of breastfeeding education.  Therefore, babies in arms are welcome.  As a matter of courtesy, if your baby becomes too loud or disrupts the session, it might be better to step outside.

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We have donated in the past a percentage to Doula UK, IFBAN, and Global Health Media.