The Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference took place in Liverpool last week (24/25 November), with over 830 health professionals, supporters and others in attendance.
Delegates were celebrating both the increase in breastfeeding initiation rates, shown in the latest UK Infant Feeding Survey, and a record year for Baby Friendly awards, with 230 this year, including 31 new fully accredited units.
Speakers and topics on day one included Emilia Del Bono from the Institute of Social and Economic Research on new research showing the impact Baby Friendly accreditation has on breastfeeding rates, Paula Meier from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago on the use of breastmilk in the NICU, Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet on what women were talking about around infant feeding, Julianne Harlow, Alison Healey and Florence-May Ingham on the University of Bolton's first in gaining Baby Friendly accreditation for a health visiting course, and Robin Balbernie on the impact of early relationships on brain development.
Click here to view photos from day two of the conference.
Outside the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool on day one of the Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference.
UNICEF UK/Jill Jennings 2011