Annual Conference 2018

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The 2018 Annual Conference will take place on 15-16 November at ACC Liverpool.


Book your place by downloading the booking form from this page. For groups of five or more please use the group booking spreadsheet on this page.

Prices for the 2018 Conference are as follows:

  • Both days: £200*/£260
  • Single day: £130*/£150

*Discount applies when five or more places are booked and paid for together. 

More information about the venue, ACC Liverpool, can be found here:

At a glance

  • Thu, 15 November 2018
  • Fri, 16 November 2018
  • ACC Liverpool

Annual Conference booking form


Annual Conference group booking spreadsheet


Annual Conference 2018 timetable



Speakers at this year’s conference will include:

Day 1

  • Karin Cadwell – Healthy Children Project, Inc. – The effects of synthetic oxytocin and other birth practices on infant feeding. Read details of Karin’s latest study into synthetic oxytocin in her guest blog.
  • Janet Calvert – Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland – #notsorrymums: developing and evaluating an advertising campaign in North Ireland.
  • Dr Helen Crawley – Director, First Steps Nutrition Trust – Findings from the APPG Infant Feeding and Inequalities ‘An enquiry into the costs associated with feeding babies in the first year of life’.
  • Renée Flacking – Professor, Dalarna University, Sweden – The neonatal environment and the long-term impact of neonatal care.
  • Frances Mason – Senior Hunger Policy and Research Advisor, Save the Children – Findings from Save the Children’s report Don’t Push It: Why the formula industry must clean up its act.
  • Linda Wolfson – National Maternal & Infant Nutrition Coordinator, Scottish Government – The Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey.

Day 2

  • Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC – Healthy Children Project, Inc. – Skin-to-skin contact: Moving the conversation on, what have we learned and where do we need to go?
  • Anna Coonan-Byrom – Senior Midwifery Lecturer and Phd Student, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit – University of Central Lancashire – Bridging the gap: How Baby Friendly impacts on the local cultures of a maternity unit in the north west of England.
  • Dr Wendy Jones – Pharmacist with special interest in the safety of drugs in breastmilk – The relationship between breastfeeding and perinatal mental health.
  • Dr Pura Rayco-Solon, MD MSc PhD – Epidemiologist, Evidence and Programme Guidance, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development – WHO – The rationale and evidence for the new Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
  • Dr Gill Thomson – BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA, Reader (Associate Professor) in Perinatal Health – University of Central Lancashire – What does the evidence tell us about peer support?
  • Kelly Young – Matron, Neonatal Service, Bradford Royal Infirmary – Influencing change on a neonatal unit: The power of the parent’s voice.


Reservation Highway is offering a delegate accommodation booking service for this year’s conference. Download the list of hotels and prices and booking form using the links on this page.

Alternatively book online here:

Please note the accommodation deadline is Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Contact details for Reservation Highway:

Tel +44 (0)1423 525577


Fax : 01423 525599

Annual Conference delegate accommodation hotel list


Annual Conference delegate accommodation booking form



The conference will feature a selection of posters from delegates on the latest issues, research and innovations in infant feeding and parent-infant relationships. Posters will form part of the exhibition area at the conference: view the posters from the 2017 conference. This year’s poster submission deadline has now passed.


The conference will feature an exhibition area for companies and organisations working in infant feeding, relationship building and child health.

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