The 2014 Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference

26-27 November, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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  • Dr Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health - Opening address
  • Dr Helen Ball, Head of Anthropology, Durham University - Keeping babies close for sleep: an issue of health and safety
  • Helen Beecher Bryant, Maternity Action - Returning to work 
  • Dr Kajsa Brimdyr, Lead Ethnographic Researcher, Professor, Healthy Child Project - Skin to Skin in the first hour after birth: The implications of labour medications
  • Dr Karin Cadwell, Healthy Children Project - Conversing with mothers using relationship theories
  • Dr Nikk Conneman Director, Sophia NIDCAP Training Center  - Taking care of the very early born infant: Going from system-based to individualised care
  • Sue Cooper, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Setting up a rapid access clinic
  • Carmel Duffy, Deputy Programme Director, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative - Responsiveness - what does it really mean?
  • Sally Tedstone, National Breastfeeding Lead, Public Health Wales - Creating supportive environments for breastfeeding
  • Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Professor of Physiology, University of Uppsala - The effect of oxytocin on parent-infant relationships
  • Laurel Wilson, Author and Executive Director of CAPPA Lactation Programme - Epigenetics and breastfeeding: The potential long-term impact of breastmilk

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Please note the booking deadline was 24 October 2014. We advise all delegates to book as soon as possible as these rates and availability cannot be guaranteed in the lead up to the conference. Should you have any queries or need any advice about accommodation in Newcastle, you can contact: Julie Rastelletti - - 0191 440 5763

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 now in its 17th year and 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.

A selection of 2013 presentations are available online here.