MANNTA Breastfeeding Course OCN Level 3

Breastfeeding Course

Understand the role of the Maternity Practitioner

  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Maternity Practitioner
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Barriers to effective partnership with parents

Understand best practice in the daily care of newborns

  • Breastfeeding
  • Positioning and attachment
  • Changes in milk supply
  • Nutrition and breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding related problems
  • Mastitis
  • Blocked ducts
  • Cracked nipples
  • Low or high milk supply
  • Expressing and storing milk

Bottle feeding

  • Choosing the right formula
  • Prescription formula
  • Bottles and sterilising equipment (demonstration)
  • Specialised bottles
  • Making and storing formula  (demonstration)
  • Mixed feeding
  • Top ups
  • Supporting a change from breast to bottle
  • First 6 weeks
  • Weight patterns in newborns

Care of the

  • Umbilical cord
  • Circumcision (males)
  • Nails
  • Scalp
  • Eyes

Common problems/illnesses/jaundice

  • B Strep
  • Tongue tie
  • Cleft palate/lip
  • Colic
  • Reflux and silent reflux
  • Understand how to support a baby to overcome colic and reflux
  • Milk related allergies or intolerance

Be able to use best practice to support mothers in bathing and changing newborns

  • Bathing and changing a newborn (demonstration)
  • Bathing equipment
  • Bathing techniques
  • Top and tail
  • Dressing baby and appropriate clothing – swaddling (demonstration)
  • Changing nappies

Understand how to support a mother with postnatal depression

  • Postnatal depression
  • Symptoms
  • Possible causes of postnatal depression
  • Supporting mum
  • When and where to seek help

Understand Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Government guidelines
  • Causes
  • Prevention
  • Understand best sleeping and feeding practices

Best feeding practices

  • On-demand feeding
  • Feeding positions
  • Feeding positions for multiples
  • Positions for winding baby
  • Positions for winding reflux babies

Sleep patterns and routines

  • Gina Ford
  • Tracey Hogg
  • What is a routine
  • Why a routine might be beneficial
  • Planning a routine
  • Implementing a routine
  • Routine changes

Best sleeping practices

  • Sleep props
  • Sleep positioners
  • Reflux wedge
  • Swaddling
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleep environment
  • Monitors
  • Cameras
  • Understand best sleeping and feeding practices

Getting started

  • Being self-employed
  • Insurance
  • Preparing your CV
  • Collecting references from clients
  • Registering with agencies
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Paediatric First Aid certificate

We require candidates to have at least 2 year’s baby experience (including newborn experience) before attending this course.

The venue

Courses are held at Vanderbilt Hotel in central London, located a stone’s throw away from the High Street Kensington Station, whilst it is easily accessible from the M4.

68-86 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BT

Upcoming course dates

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