Annual Conference 2017

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The 2017 Annual Conference took place on 22-23 November, at Telford International Centre. Thank you to everyone who attended for making this a wonderful, celebratory event – see below for a selection of slides from the talks.


A range of slides and audio from the Conference will be made available shortly.

Talks included:

  • Gut microbiota in preterm infants: Health, disease and nutrition – Dr Nicholas Embleton, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  – View Nicholas’ Embleton’s slides (pdf).
  • Achieving more with less: The changing landscape in the community – Smita Hanciles and Zamzam Elmi, Camden Baby Feeding Team
  • Neonatal hypoglycaemia: A framework for practice – Dr Jane M Hawdon – Royal Free London NHS Trust – read a preview of Jane’s talk on managing neonatal hypoglycaemia.
  • A team approach to change – Dr Neil Patel and Gillian Bowker – Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
  • Who’s the daddy? Jim Paterson –  Father and Board Member at Baby Milk Action
  • Responsive feeding – Emma Pickett – IBCLC and Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Do financial incentives for mothers improve breastfeeding rates? Dr Clare Relton – The University of Sheffield and Professor Mary Renfrew –  University of Dundee – View Clare Relton’s and Mary Renfrew’s slides (pdf).
  • The road to establishing the milk bank with a difference – Dr Natalie Shenker – Hearts Milk Bank – view Natalie Shenker’s slides (pdf) and read more about Hearts Milk Bank.
  • Implementing the Baby Friendly university standards – Helen Simpson & Andrea Aras-Payne, University of West London
  • Tongue Tie: A division of opinions – Janette Westman, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Livewell: Food and diet for healthy people and planet – Duncan Williamson, World Wildlife Fund
  • Diet and nutrition in the first year: What really makes the difference to current and future health? – Professor Charlotte Wright, University of Glasgow – View Charlotte Wright’s slides (pdf) and read a preview of the talk.

See the full programme.


Programme - Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference 2017


Poster presentations

The conference featured a selection of posters from delegates on the latest issues, research and innovations in infant feeding and parent-infant relationships. View the poster abstract booklet. See a selection of the posters (pdf).


Abstract booklet - Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference 2017

The conference inspires me and enthuses me to carry on in my role especially when things are tough in the NHS.
2016 delegate