Become a peer breastfeeding counselor
Nursing Mothers Counsel counselors are volunteers who go through extensive training to become skilled counselors.
Each member has
breastfed their baby for at least six months
receives 21 hours of breastfeeding education
takes a comprehensive exam
completes extensive reading requirements
attends an NMC breastfeeding community class
shadows on hospital rounds with a lactation consultant or participates in a home visit
counsels moms under the supervision of an advisor
New members serve a provisional period for six to twelve months, under the guidance of an experienced member who serves as her advisor/mentor. New members are often women who received assistance from NMC counselors and want to provide support to other new moms so they, too, can have a successful and positive breastfeeding experience.
New member training is held every 1-2 years. If you are interested in joining the next training, or have questions, please complete the form below, and our membership chair will be in touch.
Training & events
Most NMC training and events are held at Sequoia Hospital Health and Wellness Center in Redwood City, California.
We also offer new counselor training in the Santa Cruz area on a rolling basis.
Become an affiliate member
If you are a professional (nurse, dietician, doula, etc.) who would like to receive NMC’s training to further your career goals, you can complete our training and become an Affiliate Member. You will not be an NMC breastfeeding counselor, but you will still receive our newsletter and continuing education opportunities.
If you are interested in the training, please fill out the same form above, and let us know in the message that you are a professional.