Our 2016 annual conference is the 3rd - 4th November, at the Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC).

Booking details



Poster presentations

About our conferences


Booking for the 2016 annual conference is now closed as we have reached capacity.

Please contact the office to enquire about any cancellations but please note we are already operating a waiting list for any places which become available – bfi@unicef.org.uk, 020 7375 6144 or 020 7375 6052  

Prices are as follows: 

  • Both Days:   Standard £250   Group discount*: £200 
  • Single Day:  Standard £150   Group discount*: £120

*Discounted rates apply for groups of 5 or more delegates booked and paid for together.


Download the full programme

Speakers include:

Laura Abbott, University of Hertfordshire – Having a baby in prison: women's need to love, care and breastfeed their baby 

Dr Amy Brown, Associate Professor Child Public Health, Swansea University - Examining psychological, social and cultural barriers to responsive breastfeeding

Helen Crawley, First Steps Nutrition Trust - The constituents of formula milk: busting the myths.

Dr Sanjeev Deshpande, Consultant Neonatologist, Shropshire Women & Children's Centre - Hypoglcaemia and preventing unnecessary admissions to neonatal units    

Jane Dickens, Bradford District Care Trust - Bradford's revolution: bringing the evidence of parent-infant relationship research to the people who matter: the story of the parent-infant relationship resource cards

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D, IBCLC - What’s new in postpartum depression research: recent findings on breastfeeding and depression, birth interventions, and Preterm birth and the neuropsychological effects of sleep training and Its implications for breastfeeding

Hollie McNish, poet - Nobody told me: Poetry & Parenthood

Dr Nigel Rollins, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health, WHO - The  impact of breastfeeding on maternal and child health in the 21st century: The Lancet Breastfeeding papers

Jacky Syme, South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) Community Services -  Antenatal Conversations 
Anne Woods, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative – Achieving Sustainability


Reservation Highway are offering a delegate accommodation booking service  - for more details and booking follow this link: www.reservation-highway.co.uk/unicef16 or see the Hotel List and Hotel Booking Form

Poster presentations

We are pleased to announce that we will have a poster exhibition at the 2016 conference, after the success of the 2015 posters.

Abstract submission has now closed and poster presenters have been selected and confirmed.

The Abstract booklet will be made available at the conference. 

For any enquiries related to bookings or questions around the event please contact bfi@unicef.org.uk

See this short film showing highlights of our 2015 conference.


Video by Phaded www.phaded.co.uk

About our conferences

The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative's conference for health professionals and others involved in the care of mothers and babies is Europe's largest conference on infant feeding. The conference offers a mixture of innovative, entertaining and challenging presentations on a wide range of issues associated with supporting successful breastfeeding.

Substitution policy:
You can amend the name for this booking at any time before 31 October 2016. Please send us an email quoting the booking reference, current booking details and the name and email address of the replacement delegate.

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation requests must be sent in writing and by 3 October 2016. An administration fee of £30 will be charged. Regretfully no refunds can be  given after this date.

See information on previous annual conferences here.