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Breastfeeding Counsellor Courses

A Breastfeeding Counsellor provides guidance to new mothers on breastfeeding their babies. You might offer advice in a one-to-one setting or conduct group information sessions. Breastfeeding Counsellors might visit clients in their own homes or host health clinics. You might take on this role as a volunteer or in a paid role.

Breastfeeding Counsellors should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate well with new parents from a range of backgrounds. It’s important you can listen to their concerns and understand individual circumstances. Breastfeeding Counsellors should be up to date with current breastfeeding techniques.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Breastfeeding Counsellor earn?

In Australia, a full time Breastfeeding Counsellor generally earns $1,750 per week ($91,000 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Breastfeeding Counsellor?

The number of people working in this industry has decreased over the last five years. There are currently 180 people employed in this field in Australia and many of them specialise as a Breastfeeding Counsellor. Breastfeeding Counsellors may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become a Breastfeeding Counsellor?

If you’re planning a career as a Breastfeeding Counsellor, consider enrolling in a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education. This course covers a range of topics including guiding mothers on lactation aids and weaning and using infant sleep and settling methods to support the breastfeeding relationship. A Diploma of Breastfeeding Management may also be appropriate.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within healthcare support services. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.