Annual Conference


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The 2019 Annual Conference took place on 28-29 November at the SEC Centre, Glasgow.

Thank you to everyone who attended for making this a wonderful, celebratory event – see below for a selection of slides 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

  • Baby Friendly update and celebration – Sue Ashmore, Programme Director, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative. View Sue Ashmore’s slides.
  • Industry influence and overdiagnosis in infant nutrition – Dr Christoffer van Tulleken, Honorary Associate Professor, UCL
  • Prevention and management of allergy in infants – Robert Boyle, Clinical Reader in Paediatric Allergy, Imperial College London. View Robert Boyle’s slides.
  • Neonatal standards: Where have we got to and where are we going? – Karen Read, Professional Lead for Neonatal, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Empowering mothers through peer support – Hannah Dalgety, Breast Buddies Co-Ordinator, Home-Start Perth. View Hannah Dalgety’s slides.
  • How can we change the conversation to help women who have not been able to meet their breastfeeding goals? – Professor Amy Brown, Professor of Child Public Health, Swansea University. View Professor Amy Brown’s slides.

Day 2

  • Minding the gap: The lived experience of BAME women in birth & breastfeeding – Kimberly Seals Allers, President, Mocha Manual Co. Inc. View Kimberly Seals Allers’ slides.
  • An ancient method to change the culture of breastfeeding in hospitals and communities  – Professor Anthony Costello, Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, UCL
  • What’s in human milk, and why does it matter? Dr Natalie Shenker, Research Fellow and Director, Imperial College London, Human Milk Foundation
  • Developing an intervention to improve infant safety and wellbeing – Dr Anna Pease, Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol. View Anna Pease’s slides.
  • An integrated infant feeding model – what works? – Justine Baines, Infant Feeding Lead, Manchester Local Care Organisation. View Justine Baines’ slides.
  • Nutritional quality and ingredients use in processed baby foods in the UK: A matter of concern? – Dr Ada Garcia, Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition, University of Glasgow. View Dr. Ada Garcia’s slides. 


The conference has been awarded 7,75L; 0,5R point from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The CERPs Registry Number is: 319060K.


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.


2020 Annual Conference

Please see this statement by Baby Friendly Programme Director Sue Ashmore on the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Conference due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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