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

Booking details



Poster presentations

About our conferences

Booking - Now open!

We have frozen early bird and discount ticket prices this year. Prices are as follows:

  • Both Days:   Standard £250   Discount/earlybird*: £200 
  • Single Day:  Standard £150   Discount/earlybird*: £120

*Discounted rates apply for bookings made and paid for by 31 July 2016, or for groups of 5 or more delegates booked and paid for together.


Download the full programme

Speakers include:

Laura Abbott, University of Hertfordshire – Bonding, attachment and breastfeeding in prison

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 - Parent Infant Relationship training

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 Lancet Breastfeeding Series and its Implications

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 is now open! Please submit your abstract by email using the abstract submission form. The closing date is Friday 27 May. See details of the 2015 posters here.

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.