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Mother-to-Mother Support Groups


The instructional planning and training package entitled Preparation of Trainer’s Course: Mother-to-Mother Support Group Methodology, Breastfeeding and Complementary Feeding Basics was developed and piloted under the CARE Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Initiative and is produced by CARE’s Window of Opportunity Program. The package builds on experiences and the past work of several agencies and many individuals. Parts of the package are adapted from approaches developed by La Leche League International and The LINKAGES Project. The instructional package builds upon materials from the training curriculum Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling: A Community-Focused Approach developed in collaboration with URC/CHS for use with lower-literacy audiences. The training package provides details for daily activities and the accompanying handouts for the 4.5 day course. The training content addresses the basics of infant and young child feeding through activities that are organized to move women through the basic steps of behaviour change: awareness, information, intention, and trying new behaviours; maintenance of new behaviours; and advocacy. The training activities cover listening and facilitation skills, group dynamics and a review of technical content that includes the pattern of breastfeeding, management of breastfeeding difficulties, practical help, and complementary feeding practices using local, available, appropriate and affordable foods. Participants receive instructions on designing and developing activities, support plans and a time frame for the training of support group facilitators and the formation of Mother-to-Mother Support Groups post-training. In addition, there is and activity that helps newly trained facilitators develop action plans to train facilitators and to form and support mother-to-mother support groups in their local community settings.
Mother-to-Mother SGM

Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling: A Community Focused Approach

The training package for Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling: A Community-Focused Approach reflects a collaboration that draws on the experiences and past work of many individuals and groups. This package, including an integrated set of counselling cards, an IYCF Counselling Trainer’s Guide and training aids, has been developed under the CARE Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Initiative, in partnership with University Research Co., LLC (URC), and Center for Human Services (CHS). The Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Trainer’s Guide is part of a training package to train low literacy, community-level Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Counsellors to help mothers, fathers and other caregivers optimally feed their infants and young children. The Guide is intended to equip trainers with basic counselling skills, and technical knowledge of key practices and messages related to breastfeeding, infant and young child complementary feeding, and feeding of the sick child. The key practices are illustrated on an integrated set of 18 counselling cards, and described in a Message Booklet that accompanies the Trainer’s Guide. The Infant and Young Child Counselling Trainer’s Guide and training aids were developed for use in low resource settings, without dependence on the use of slides or other media projection, flip charts or writing materials.