Virtual Conference


We are delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Virtual Conference which will take place online on Wednesday 18th November from 9am-5pm.

While we are disappointed to not be meeting in person this year in Harrogate as planned, we look forward to the opportunity to bring together more delegates than ever to catch up, learn and be inspired. We are pleased to announce a day of 11 exciting and informative talks featuring Q&A sessions that showcase the innovations of organisations and individuals working in the field of infant feeding and relationship building. With the support of the Royal College of Physicians Meetings and Events, we are able to deliver a fully virtual conference accessible on any device, requiring only an internet connection.


The price for an individual ticket is £40. For group bookings of 10 people or more, please contact the Baby Friendly office for a bespoke price at Your ticket price includes access on the day to the live event, plus on-demand post-event access for two weeks.

Virtual Conference 2020 Timetable


Virtual Conference 2020 Booking Form



Download the full timetable above for an in-depth look at this year’s talks.

Please join us for an informative series of 11 sessions including:

  • “You’re on mute!” Welcome and reflection on 2020 – Sue Ashmore, Programme Director, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Implementing the NHS Plan & presentation of the 2020 qualifications – Prof Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer
  • Caring for mothers and babies: what have we learnt from Covid and other pandemics – Dr Karleen Gribble, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University
  • Optimizing mother-baby contact and infant feeding in a pandemic – Prof Mary Renfrew, Professor of Mother and Infant Health, University of Dundee
  • Development of the gut microbiome in early life – Dr Christopher J. Stewart, Newcastle University Academic Career Track Fellow
  • Qualifications programme: what we have learnt and what next from the surveys – Francesca Entwistle, Policy and Advocate Lead, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Why the UK needs Black Breastfeeding Week – Mars Lord, Doula Educator & Birth Activist
  • Infant feeding support & maternal mental health – Smita Hanciles, Camden Baby Friendly Service Manager
  • Anaesthetics and breastfeeding – can they exist together? The result of a long debate – Wendy Jones PhD MRPharmS, Breastfeeding and Medication Pharmacist
  • Breastfeeding and climate change: overlapping vulnerabilities and integrating responses – Sandra Zadkovic, Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer
  • Close of conference – Anne Woods, Deputy Programme Director, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative