Conference hosted by the Institute for Health Visiting and the Royal Society for Public Health, with the WBTi UK team.

10.00 Opening Remarks Chair: Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting 

A public health view of breastfeeding 

10.10 Breastfeeding as mother and physician – Dr Louise Santhanam, GP and Chair, the GP Infant learning from experience and learning needs Feeding Network (UK) 

10.20 Why breastfeeding is important for everyone’s health Dr Russell Viner, Paediatrician and President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (from March 18) 

10.40 Strengthening the public’s health from the start, what roles for the Hearts Milk Bank?  – Dr Natalie Shenker, co-founder, Hearts Milk Bank

11:00 The importance of breastfeeding and early years Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health 

11:15 Questions 

11:25 Refreshments 

Strengthening breastfeeding in the UK 

11.45 The WBTi findings and recommendations for the UK Helen Gray IBCLC and Clare Meynell IBCLC, Joint Coordinators, World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) UK 

12.05 Education and training of health visitors and other health professionals through the Baby Friendly Initiative Sue Ashmore, UNICEF, Baby Friendly Initiative

12.25 The impact of breastfeeding on mental health Professor Amy Brown, Associate Professor and maternal and infant health researcher, Swansea University

12:45 Questions 

13:00 Lunch 

Breastfeeding in the community – what works? 

Specific issues: 

14:00 The importance and challenges of peer support Dr Gill Thomson, Reader & Associate Professor in Perinatal Health, MAINN, UCLAN, and Louise Hunt, PhD student

14.15 The role of the infant feeding specialist Lyndsey Hookway, Paediatric nurse, HV and IBCLC 

14.30 Medway – A System Wide Strategic Approach Scott Elliott, Head of Health and Well-being Services, Public Health, Medway Council 

14.45 Discussion and questions 

15:00 National developments for breastfeeding Professor Viv Bennett CBE, Chief Nurse, Public Health England 

15.15 Refreshments 

Moving forward – national and local actions required to increase UK rates of breastfeeding 

15:35 National expert opinion and panel discussion Scott Elliott, Head of Health and Wellbeing Services, Public Health, Medway Council 

Shereen Fisher, CEO, The Breastfeeding Network 

Emma Pickett, IBCLC 

Alison Spiro, Specialist Health Visitor 

16.25 Chair’s closing remarks Dr Cheryll Adams CBE 

Breastfeeding: a public health priority 

Thursday 19 April 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm 28 Portland Place, London W1B 1LY

2 thoughts on “Breastfeeding: A Public Health Priority

  1. It’s good to know that there are some conference held about breastfeeding. It’s a very right thing to prioritize this issue. It will benefit us and our children as well.


  2. It’s good to know that there are some conference about breastfeeding. It’s right that we are now including breastfeeding as one of those issues that needs to be prioritized. I hope that many moms out there will attend conferences and read blogs about breastfeeding. It will really benefit them as well as their babies.


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