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Launching Today! Breastfeeding Now Conference

14th January 2022


We are excited to announce the launch of our brand-new conference – Breastfeeding Now: An iHV In Focus Conference on Thursday 31st March 2022.


The programme brings together leading experts in contemporary breastfeeding practice to explore current ‘hot topics’ to improve the promotion and support of effective breastfeeding for all families. We are privileged to be joined by such eminent speakers, including:

  • Professor Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health, Swansea University; Director of Swansea University LIFT research centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translation; Author of “Covid-babies: How pandemic health measures undermined pregnancy, birth and early parenting”, “The positive breastfeeding book” and “Let’s talk about feeding your baby”, amongst other popular titles.
  • Associate Professor Dr. B.J. (Epstein) Woodstein – University of East Anglia – Expertise in LGBTQ+ studies and Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues; Breastfeeding counsellor (IBCLC) on the National Breastfeeding Helpline and peer supporter for Pregnancy Sickness Support. B.J. is also a trained doula and has written on the importance of supporting LGBTQ+ individuals/families with regard to breastfeeding. Her forthcoming book, “We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent”, demystifies queer parenting both for LGBTQ+ people and those who work with them.
  • Dr Alison Spiro – iHV Breastfeeding Professional Adviser; Specialist Health Visitor and Infant Feeding lead; Author of “Breastfeeding for public health”.
  • Gail Barker – Health Visitor Professional Lead for Devon Public Health Nursing; Infant Feeding lead for Devon’s innovative 3-tier ‘Latch and Attach’ service; and iHV Professional Adviser for Infant feeding.
  • Dr Natalie Shenker – Researcher and Co-founder of Hearts Milk Bank and the Human Milk Foundation.

Our successful online conference format allows you to enjoy the same benefits as our physical conferences, with some extra advantages. Avoid the cost of travel and join an online community of health visiting, maternity and early years workers focused on our shared ambition to improve the initiation and support of breastfeeding in the comfort of your own home or workplace. Explore high-quality content in detail and discuss challenges and opportunities live with experts. And if you’re unable to join all of the sessions, you will have the opportunity to catch up later and work through the sessions again afterwards on-demand at your own pace.

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