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.

It has been granted professional accreditation by the Royal College of Midwives and 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 e-PDF 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 in the Morden area, from 09.00-17.00 (with exam quiz).

Would you like our Breastfeeding London Course/study days to come to you?  Do you have a group of colleagues, are you an NHS Trust that might be interested and have some teaching space?  This Course can be taken to you anywhere in the UK or abroad and it can be adapted to your needs, including training breastfeeding peer supporters.

  • New Course to start in January 2018 

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.

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!

Breastfeeding study day 1

  • Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 21.36.29Anatomy and physiology of lactation
  • Prenatal breastfeeding risk assessment
  • Preparing mothers/couples for breastfeeding
  • Ante-natal expression of colostrum
  • How birth practices affect breastfeeding
  • Biochemistry of human milk: nutritional and immunological properties

Breastfeeding study day 2: Positioning and attachment

  • The physiology of sucking
  • Getting breastfeeding started with evidence-based care
  • The science behind skin-to-skin contact
  • The diversity of P&A (right and left brain approaches)
  • Assessment of newborn latch, suck and milk transfer
  • Challenging early feeds including flat/inverted nipples, downs syndrome, twins and multiples

Breastfeeding study day 3

  • Understanding breast/nipple trauma
  • Engorgement, Plugged ducts, Mastitis, Abscess, Bacterial + Fungal Infections and Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Inverted nipples
  • Using breastfeeding devices/feeding alternatives wisely

Study day 4

  • Oversupply
  • Insufficient milk supply
  • Breastfeeding after augmentation surgery
  • Breastfeeding after reduction surgery
  • The World Health Organization Code and the influence of commercial baby food industries

Study day 5: Counselling and communication skills

  • Right and left brain approaches for effective communication/counselling
  • Standards of practice/ethics
  • The anatomy of a consultation
  • Breastfeeding and families (post natal adaption, post natal depression and mood disorders)
  • Cultural and Social/family context of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding study day 6: Ankyloglossia/Tongue Ties

  • Anatomy of the infant oral cavityScreen Shot 2014-12-11 at 21.36.39
  • Physiology of suck, swallow, breath cycle
  • Classification and assessment of tongue ties (anterior, posterior and submucosal)
  • Intra oral digital examinations
  • Impact of tongue ties on the breastfeeding dyad

Study day 7

  • Expressing protocols
  • Hand expression (including harvesting colostrum)
  • Using breastfeeding devices wisely
  • Donor milk banking
  • Re-lactation and Breastfeeding without birthing

Study day 8:

  • 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

Study day 9

  • Premies and late preterm babies
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperbilirubina
  • Challenging early feeds including
    • Downs syndrome
    • Twins & multiples
    • Oral facial anomalies
  • Maternal medication and breastfeeding

Study day 10

  • Newborn assessment: physical and behavioural
  • Neonatal reflexes and feeding cues
  • Theories of child development
  • Sleeping, SIDS and bed-sharing
  • Complementary Alternative Medicine to support breastfeeding dyads

Study day 11

  • Viral infection and breastfeeding
  • Research theory and methods
  • GERD and reflux in the breastfed baby
  • Allergies and food intolerances
  • Women’s health and breastfeeding: autoimmune diseases and physically challenged mothers

Study day 12

  • Infant gut health: the microbiome
  • Epigenetics
  • Exam review strategies
  • Exam practice: mock exam!
  • Next Course: January 2018-December 2018 (Bookings now open: 1 place left!)
    • Day 1: Saturday 13 of January 2018
    • Day 2: Saturday 24 of February
    • Day 3: Saturday 24 of March
    • Day 4: Saturday 28 of April
    • Day 5: Saturday 19 of May
    • Day 6: Saturday 16 of June
    • Day 7: Saturday 14 of July
    • Day 8: Saturday 15 of September
    • Day 9: Saturday 13 of October
    • Day 10: Saturday 10 of November
    • Day 11: Saturday 1 of December
    • Day 12: Saturday 15 of December

We get cancellations from time to time so even if a day is fully booked get in touch to be added to the waiting list.


  • 12 days whole Course: £1000 (discount included) or option to pay in instalments (£1100 including £300 non-refundable deposit and 5 X £160 by monthly standing order)
  • When an invoice to NHS Trust is needed: £110 or £1260 (for those paying the full Course with discount included)
  • Full Course £800 for unwaged voluntary Breastfeeding Counsellors or Student Midwives
  • 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.

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 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.

Information and booking form

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