“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.”
Become a Milk Mentor
If you care about the breastfeeding dyad like Maya Angelou says, then that's half of the prerequisites sorted for becoming a Milk Mentor. The only other thing we ask is that you have breastfed/chestfed your child for at least six months. If you meet these prerequisites, then this is what the Milk Mentors programme has to offer you:
Each Milk Mentor will complete a comprehensive course that covers essential topics, including:
1-to-1 support/group settings
Physiology & anatomy of the mother and baby
Positioning & attachment
What to expect of ages and stages
How to recognise special circumstances and when to refer
Milk Mentors that have completed the course, will receive a DBS check and insurance to run groups and/or provide one-to-one chats with parents in the local area about what to expect and how to deal with their baby's normal behaviour.
There will be fortnightly supervision offered so that we can meet up in a group setting and debrief and discuss any questions or concerns that may have popped up in that time.
All Milk Mentors have access to continuing professional development (CPD) twice a year. This is an opportunity to explore relevant issues around breastfeeding and the topic of support a bit further.
If at any point you would like to revisit your initial training then you are welcome to re-attend the course to update your skills.
We feel that this gives all of our Milk Mentors a substantial opportunity to offer the best support to parents.
If you have read the above and would like to become a Milk Mentor, check out our course dates and booking info or contact us, using the form below, with any questions you may still have.