Breastfeeding peer support core principles for volunteering in Scotland: guidance

This is a quality standard framework for health boards and third sector organisations to apply to their peer support services.

Appendix 4: Core curriculum

The core curriculum has been agreed with all providers of peer support services in Scotland. There is recognition that peer supporters need an understanding of infant feeding in areas which they have no responsibility for; for example they require to know about, and recognise, common breastfeeding challenges but are not responsible for diagnosis or treatment.

  • Communication skills
    • Postnatal conversations
    • Strength-based, person-centred conversations
    • Compassionate care
    • Effective and active listening skills
    • Perinatal mental health
  • Antenatal preparation for breastfeeding
    • Antenatal conversations
    • Making informed decisions
  • Understanding Unicef Baby Friendly Standards
    • Maternity
    • Community
    • Neonatal
  • Understanding how breastfeeding works
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Microbiome
    • Positioning and attachment
    • Responsive feeding
    • Expressing breast milk
    • Storage, preparation and feeding of expressed breast milk
    • Donor milk
  • Getting breastfeeding off to a good start
    • Skin to skin contact
    • Early, frequent and effective feeding
    • Responsiveness/brain development
  • Understanding Common breastfeeding challenges
    • Nipple pain/damage
    • Mastitis
    • Thrush
    • Unsettled baby, colic, crying
    • Baby who is reluctant to breastfeed
  • Formula feeding
    • Sterilising and safe preparation of formula milk
    • Responsive formula feeding
  • Safer Sleep
    • Bed sharing and co-sleeping
  • Stopping breastfeeding
    • Maximising breastmilk
    • Reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding
    • Supporting a mothers choice to mixed feed
    • Supporting a mothers decision to stop breastfeeding
    • Safely reducing milk supply and stopping breastfeeding
    • Relactation
    • Introduction of solid foods and continued breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding out and about
    • Feelings about feeding out and about
    • The Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005
    • Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland
  • Breastfeeding and return to work
    • Rights and responsibilities
  • Infant feeding skills
    • Infant feeding skills workbook
    • The mentoring process
  • UNCRC and WHO Code
    • Rights and responsibilities



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