A new mother breastfeeds her infant with the support of a healthcare professional on the maternity unit.

2023 Annual Conference

Thank you to all who were able to join this year’s Annual Conference on 22-23 November at the Harrogate Convention Centre.

We hope you enjoyed the event and found the talks motivating, useful and inspiring. Learn more about future conferences by subscribing to our news mailings.

2023 timetable



Speakers at this year’s conference included:

  • Welcome and update – Shereen Fisher, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director
  •  The 9 stages of preterm infants: connecting the dots between full term and preterm behaviours while in skin-to-skin – Dr Kajsa Brimdyr, Lead Ethnographic Researcher/Faculty Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding
  • A Collaborative Approach with Muslim Mums – Dr Sahira Dar, Portfolio GP / British Islamic Medical Association
  • Ending Exploitative Marketing and Enabling Breastfeeding for All: The 2023 Lancet Breastfeeding Series  – Dr Cecilia Tomori, Associate Professor and Director of Global Public Health and Community Health,  Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Reflections on the past 45 years in the field of infant feeding: lessons for the future – Professor Mary Renfrew, University of Dundee
  • ‘It’s OK to ask’ – Cultural Curiosity in Maternity – Teri Gavin-Jones, Senior Clinical Lead Maternity Suffolk and NE Essex LMNS
  • How to support Autistic parents to meet their breastfeeding goals Dr Aimee Grant,  Senior Lecturer in Public Health / Wellcome Trust Career, Development Fellow, Swansea University
  • Supporting Breastfeeding Families Through Quality Improvement Initiatives  – Dr Nathan Nickel, Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Associate Professor – Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba
  • Breastfeeding sick children in hospital: Exploring the experiences of mothers in UK paediatric wards – Lyndsey Hookway, Swansea University
  • Final remarks – Anne Woods, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Deputy Programme Director

To learn more about Baby Friendly conferences, visit our website here where you can watch and read a range of speaker talks and preview blogs from prior years.

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