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The 2020 Virtual Conference took place on 18 November. Thank you to everyone who joined – we were delighted to welcome a record-breaking 2,600+ delegates to the online event.

If you have not already done so, please do feedback on the event via the survey link provided during the conference.

Virtual Conference 2020 Timetable



This year’s conference included 11 informative speakers:

  • β€œYou’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 Feeding 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

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