Annual Conference 2018

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The 2018 Annual Conference took place on 15-16 November at ACC Liverpool. Thank you to everyone who attended for making this a wonderful, celebratory event – see below for a selection of slides and audio from the talks.

A full list of speaker abstracts, poster descriptions and exhibitor profiles, as well as updates on new resources and training from Baby Friendly, can be found in our Programme below (pdf download).


Day 1

Day 2

  • 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. View Pura’s slides (pdf)
  • 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.
  • 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? Find out more about Kajsa’s research into skin-to-skin contact, including the development of an algorithm mapping optimal skin-to-skin contact after birth.
  • 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?
  • Dr Wendy Jones – Pharmacist with special interest in the safety of drugs in breastmilk – The relationship between breastfeeding and perinatal mental health. View Wendy’s slides (pdf).
  • Kelly Young – Matron, Neonatal Service, Bradford Royal Infirmary – Influencing change on a neonatal unit: The power of the parent’s voice. View Kelly’s slides (pdf).


Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) are available for IBCLCs who attended this year’s Baby Friendly Annual Conference, 15-16 November 2018. Please email for more information.


The conference featured a selection of posters from delegates on the latest issues, research and innovations in infant feeding and parent-infant relationships. The document below shows some of the posters featured this year.

Next year’s conference

Our 2019 Annual Conference will take place in Glasgow on 28-29 November. Booking will open in Spring 2019.

Find out more