Breastfeeding Workshop

(41 Posts)
mum2fourkelly5 Mon 26-Nov-12 11:50:07

Hi I'm a trained breastfeeding specialist. I would like to set up affordable breastfeeding workshops educating mothers to be in all aspects of breastfeeding. The only thing is I don't want to invest money in breastfeeding workshops to later find out there is no call for it. Would you pay a breastfeeding specialist £15 to educate you in breastfeeding?

EauRouge Mon 26-Nov-12 21:45:53

Well, you did say you were happy to hear all opinions, positive and negative! I think you've been given some very constructive feedback. I also think that it would be really difficult to set up a business like you describe without the backing of a large organisation like NCT or LLL (or the NHS) behind you.

mum2fourkelly5 Mon 26-Nov-12 21:58:44

I think I will carry on with the training route I have taken. Thanks for all your opinions and advice but I have so much experience working with newborns and in breastfeeding support I don't think there is anything the N.C.T and like wise could teach me I already know! And their training don't cover breastfeeding babies with special needs, multiples and premmies ex to the extent I wish to train to. But it's been interesting hearing all your opinions and I wish all the breastfeeding professionals all the success x

SirBoobAlot Mon 26-Nov-12 22:08:56

Please don't go into things with that attitude, as you will simply put people off. Everyone can always learn more.

MoaningMingeWhimpersAgain Mon 26-Nov-12 22:13:06

Hear hear SirBoob. I don't know any professional who says they already know everything. That's why all the professions have requirements for CPD of some kind.

Bert2e Mon 26-Nov-12 22:17:21

If you want the very specialised knowledge you talk about why not train as an IBCLC?

Welovecouscous Mon 26-Nov-12 22:18:47

I wouldn't pay for someone with your type of training, sorry op.

I had an nct bf workshop when pg which was awful (apologies tiktok as I know the Nct can be wonderful - I have given full feedback to the nct on why the workshop was bad). I also had a free NHS bf workshop which was ok - useful basics. Given my time again I would have gone to both but hoped to be luckier with the nct tutor.

I would only trust a BFC trained by LLL, nct, bfn or abm. The training to get these qualifications takes a long time to do and they have clear professional standards. I also like the way that there are very clear personal experience criteria for doing the training.

I don't think you would make any money doing this, op.

Welovecouscous Mon 26-Nov-12 22:19:26

I would trust an ibclc - that would be a better route for you.

Welovecouscous Mon 26-Nov-12 22:20:24

Just out of interest, op, how long did you bf your own children?

mum2fourkelly5 Mon 26-Nov-12 22:22:17

I appreciate everyone's opinions and thank you to all who replied. Iv'e not been put off at all if anything it has given me a bigger drive to succeed as its all about supporting new mothers who needs our expertise and skills not defending friends or treading on other breastfeeding trained professionals toes. If I decide to write a book on breastfeeding in the future I will make an effort to mention you guys in my biography! All the best :-)xx

SirBoobAlot Mon 26-Nov-12 22:26:57

... biscuit

Welovecouscous Mon 26-Nov-12 22:30:17

So let's see, you want to charge every mother say £15 a time and you might get say 8 mums - so over £100 per workshop in your pocket you hope, but it's all about helping mums and you are criticising voluntary organisations?

It's not that they couldn't teach you something new, it's that more mums are more likely to use your services if you have that group's training.

It's like saying "I can speak fluent French and I learnt with this guy's e-course" against "I was trained by the National French-speaking association, which everyone knows of."

KatAndKit Mon 26-Nov-12 23:06:01

I wouldn't pay because it is a service that I expect to be provided for free, as with any other healthcare service. And it is. As part of my antenatal classes I attended a 90 minute session about breastfeeding which covered most of what I needed to know at that stage. My local BF support group is free and staffed by trained professionals. LLL do not charge me for attending their meetings and do not require me to pay to join the organization. So given the choice between spending fifteen quid or saving it, I'd opt to save it.
I think if you wish to work in this field you need to get yourself employed by or contracted with, an organization that offers help to women for free as most people will not want to pay for it.

tiktok Mon 26-Nov-12 23:58:52

OP, no one attacked you. I raised some questions about your training and whatever on-going training/development you would be able to demonstrate, and I was polite and restrained. I pointed out that working with groups is a different skill and knowing a lot about bf is not really relevant to that.

You don't know about other training, yet you think no one would have anything to teach you about it at all. I have been involved in bf support for a long time too, and I am still learning all the time.

If you do decide to go ahead with paid-for support - and there is nothing wrong with that in principle, IMO - then you are going to have to be honest about your background and training....saying you have trained 'with Jack Newman' for example would give the wrong idea.

As an HCP with over 12 years' experience in my specialism, I've done nationally-recognised courses which I thought 'would have nothing to teach me', but I did them to instil confidence in my patients and colleagues that I undertake recognised continuing professional development. Two things happened every time 1) they confirmed that I have been doing the right thing (very important) and 2) I did actually learn something.

I would also not pay for breast feeding counselling, especially not from someone without the back-up of a national organisation. I had a horrific start to breastfeeding while I was living in a very rural area with extremely limited resources. I still got all the help I needed for free.

Best of luck OP, because I think you're going to need it.

MrsHoarder Tue 27-Nov-12 07:50:29

You did ask for opinions on whether you would be wasting your money at the start. And most of the responses were in the form of questions and suggestions as to how you might improve your business model.

That everyone has raised problems with your approach and not one person has said "yes I want(ed) a paid for breastfeeding workshop" might suggest it won't be plain sailing.

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