What is a breastfeeding counsellor?
Breastfeeding counsellors are trained volunteers who offer breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support. Their area of expertise is breastfeeding support.
Our breastfeeding counsellors:
- have breastfed at least one baby
- hold a current 10998NAT Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (Counselling) or equivalent
- complete ongoing training to update their breastfeeding knowledge and skills.
What does a breastfeeding counsellor do?
Breastfeeding counsellors provide:
- phone counselling - Breastfeeding Helpline
- run local support group meetings
- administer their local support group.
If you are a personal member, view the Breastfeeding counsellor and breastfeeding educator position description
Difference with Lactation Consultants
Breastfeeding counsellors are:
- not lactation consultants
- not medically trained
- not able to give medical advice.
However, if you have a medical issue they can refer you to your medical adviser.
How do I become a breastfeeding counsellor?
- See our training for volunteer roles
Contact a breastfeeding counsellor
- Ring the Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 686 268 (1800 mum 2 mum)