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 selection of slides is available below. 

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 – view Neil Patel and Gillian Bowker’s slides (pdf).
  • 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.

2018 Conference

This year’s Conference will take place on 15-16 November 2018 at ACC Liverpool. The programme will be announced in early 2018 and booking will open in March 2018Sign up to our news mailings to receive notification when booking opens – including details of our early bird discount.


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

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