Breastfeeding Training for Professionals

Breastfeeding Training (with an experienced lactation consultant) including tongue-tie, in North London & Hertfordshire

Designed for Professionals – Level 3 (3 credits) and LEVEL 4 Accredited

Run jointly by  Beth Graham midwife and lactation consultant, Jan Babycare Consultant and myself, Dr Ella Rachamim paediatrician.

Beth Graham BA PgCert RM IBCLC, is a midwife and experienced Lactation consultant.  Beth has been delivering babies and helping families since 1990.  She has worked as a midwife in hospital settings and attended home births, working for the NHS, in a private hospital and in private practice.  Beth has been teaching and running breastfeeding programs for several years, to health professionals and to student midwives, so we are very fortunate to have such an experienced teacher on our course.   07966551586


Topics covered include:

Reasons to breastfeed – advantages (and any disadvantages) for baby and mother

WHO and UNICEF guidance

Anatomy of breastfeeding

Positioning and Latching on – observing the feed

Colostrom and milk

Supply and demand – undersupply and oversupply

How to feed – one breast or two? Foremilk and hindmilk

Diet, nutrition and medicines whilst breastfeeding

Early postnatal care – weight, jaundice, community services and support

Cluster feeding and also growth spurts

Complications – mastitis, blocked ducts, cracked nipples, engorgement, thrush, breast rejection/refusal to feed, reflux and allergy

Troubleshooting including other modes of feeding

How to support a breastfeeding mother and the role of the maternity/night nurse

Routine and sleep

Expressing – hand expressing and with a machine

Breastfeeding in special situations – Premature babies and the neonatal unit and also twins AND when you can’t breastfeed

Storage guidelines


Stopping breastfeeding/weaning and going back to work

Bottlefeeding (inc. mixed feeding) – safe practice of making up formula

Emotional support

Resources and reading

NHS support and private support and lactation consultants




This is a one day course.


The cost is £195 for Level 3 and £295 for Level 4

A certificate of attendance is provided.

Location and times

The session takes place in Finchley N3 OR in The Radlett Centre depending on numbers, from 9am to 5pm . View venue details.

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Levels and Credits:  

Put simply, the level is at what complexity and standard the course and assignment is set at.  The credits refer to how many hours work is needed to complete it/the amount of learning that has taken place.   Accreditation, credits and levels are measures of consistency, achievement, value and measure of quality across our courses and hopefully across all courses provided by different training providers.  
Our Level 3 course has 6 credits.  Level 3 is “A-level” standard and looks at some evaluating and analysing within the question and answer; a bit more than simply describing or explaining (which is Level 2). Ideally the learner has some professional experience in their field already and some childcare/maternity nursing training.  6 credits means, in addition to attending the training day, the homework assignment which would take around 50 hours of work, including any additional reading and research needed to answer the questions
What we wanted to make clear to you is that these credits are “OCN credit4learning” credits.  This is the same for all of these similar courses by other training providers (affiliated to their own accrediting body).  They give a measure of achievement, effort and learning but are not the same as college or university credits and cannot be used in this way.  Please email us if this is not clear but it is the same for all similar organisations and we wanted to clarify this early on, as there has sometimes been some confusion over this.  (Email:  or
Payment and cost:
At level 3 – the cost is £195 per person (training day plus level 3 assignment)
At level 4 – the cost is £295 per person (training day plus level 4 assignment)
Homework Assignments: 
You will need access to a computer to open up the word document and ideally type the answers and email it back to us, attached as a word document.
If you really have no access to a computer or have difficulty with typing the answers, then you can handwrite the answers and send it back by post (or scan and email it back).
The learning outcomes for the course will be made available to you which can guide you with your answers to the questions.
We are not looking for the “best use of English” but your content.
The course tutors are Janet Harrison and Dr Ella Rachamim and we will mark the assignment and have an internal validator (Philip Hendy) and an external moderator from OCN credit4learning.
Once we email you the assignment, at LEVEL 3  and 4 you will have 6 weeks to complete it and return it to us by email (or post if you are not able to email it back to us, but emailing is the preferred method).  We aim to return feedback by 3 weeks after this date and then OCN credit4learning will formally send you a certificate of accreditation if you have passed around 3 weeks after that.
You can, of course, hand your work back in by email before the deadline but may not receive feedback until 2 weeks after the deadline.
We will email you the assignment after the course and the deadlines for submission will be from the date you received the assignment.  If you do not have any access to a computer and cannot open up the document by email, then it can be posted to your address (but we would stress that email/attachments is preferred).
We will need your address and also your Date of Birth for the certificates to be organised.
Resubmission/extensions/referencing your work
If the tutors want you to re-submit your work and make some changes/do some further work, we will feed this back to you and give you additional time to do this (2 weeks).
Any work submitted in after the deadline it will not be marked, unless there are exceptional circumstances and this has to be emailed or phoned through to one of the course tutors and an extension mutually agreed.
Please note that anything you use as a reference eg the handouts, internet, books, papers – anything directly copied must be referenced, otherwise this could be seen as plagiarism (see polices and procedures below). Remember, directly copying form the internet etc is not what we are looking for, we are looking for your work in your own words, but if you are referring to something or using a paragraph from a book for example, to back up your discussion, it needs to be referenced.
Policies and Procedures:
Our policies and procedures are on this website eg appeals procedure, assessment malpractice policy, access to fair assessment, complaints procedure, equality and diversity, internal quality assurance, maladministration policy, health and safety and contingency plans.  (  homepage and scroll down to the bottom).


I hope you find the session enjoyable and find it informative, practical and helpful. Your feedback is valued, good or bad, and I use this to improve and adapt the session. Leave your feedback.

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