A right brain, creative approach to developing your practice in a workshop that uses a creative and intuitive approach, especially helpful when reflecting upon style, scope, goals and self-care in current or future practice. It incorporates mutual supervision and personal reflections that culminate in a piece of written homework that will double to be useful to many for NMC revalidation.

These are relaxed and enjoyable days designed to consider both lactation and ethical issues.

The morning is spent looking at fine art images relevant to our work with breastfeeding mothers and babies with a view to refining our observational skills and doing some dialogue about the practical implications for ourselves.
Then the afternoon is spent reflecting upon personal and ethical implications as we make some art of our own. No art ability is needed as the emphasis is on the PROCESS we go through as we explore ideas and not on the end product.

The day is a bit of indulgence with a yummy lunch in nice surrounds in a very pleasant room with a terrace garden. And the bonus of L & E CERPs for those who need them to re-certify as IBCLCs.

WHO: The workshops are designed for IBCLCs and other qualified, experienced lactation practitioners.

WHEN: 10am – 4pm. One Saturday per term: There are none planned for 2020. Please check again in the autumn for the upcoming 2021 schedule.

WHERE: Bedford Hotel, 83-95 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HD

BRING: Just a pen. Lunch & drinks will be provided.

CERTIFICATES FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDY: The certificates awarded will be in two parts;
a) 5 hours Attendance (2.5 Lactation & 2.5 Ethics)
b) 3 hours Homework (2 Lactation & 1 Ethics)

CERPs: Were awarded by IBLCE for the each of the workshops offered in the past and there are plans to apply for CERPs for the 3 new workshops being planned for 2021.

PAY-AS-YOU-GO is available if you pay a deposit for the first workshop and thereafter you always stay at least one study day in credit.

£130 when an invoice to a trust or hospital is required.
£110 if paying by cheque or cash at time of booking.
£90 for unwaged volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellors.
Participants may cancel up to two weeks beforehand to receive a refund less 20% admin fee. A participant may send an eligible substitute in their place without any extra cost. In the unlikely event that I would need to cancel the workshop I would provide a full refund to each participant and then re-schedule the day so students would have another opportunity to attend .

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Full refund, no quibble, if not entirely satisfied.

BABIES AT WORKSHOPS: Babes in arms are welcome if the mum agrees to step outside the room if her baby becomes noisy and participants are no longer able to hear, be heard or to concentrate. The workshop is not suitable or safe for mobile babies.

ENQUIRIES: You are welcome to contact Deborah with any questions you may have. Phone: 01634 814275. Email:

BOOKING FORM. Please click to download when available:
(The 2021 schedule will be published in the autumn of 2020.)


‘If you get the chance once Deborah is offering them again, I would highly recommend attending one of her Art of Lactation workshops. They’re a fab way of spending the a day for yourself with your peers, for supervision and to reflect on your practise. A great day out! Xxx’
(Breastfeeding Counsellor)

‘I’ve had the best day at Deborah Robertson’s reflection workshop based around art therapy (which is accredited for CERPS). It was such a super day & as always, it’s lovely to spend time with other Breastfeeding Supporters & Lactation Consultants. Goodness knows we need each other! In a profession where we often come under fire & feel devalued, filling each other’s cup & nurturing each other is so important. I’ve been saying since qualifying that I wanted some more training focused on my counselling skills. We (rightly) have a lot of focus on updating of clinical practice, but the core of our work is supporting women & meeting them where they are. A wonderful day of reflecting on our practice & holding each other’s space. Just perfect. I feel refreshed, despite the drive to London & back. That’s when you know it’s been a good day!’
(IBCLC Lactation Consultant)