This week is Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2019.

The theme for the week in 2019 is promoting the benefits of skin to skin contact, both immediately after birth and throughout the early weeks of life.

We have several blogs coming this week in support of #CelebrateBreastfeeding – so keep an eye out for them!

Breastfeeding is a Health Visiting High Impact Area #CelebrateBreastfeeding

Some key points to share:

  • At 6 to 8 weeks after birth, just 44% of women breastfeed in England, one of the worst rates in the world.
  • Evidence shows that exclusively breastfeeding for around 6 months provides a range of benefits for the mother and baby, in England, only 1% of babies are exclusively breastfed at 6 months.
  • Not breastfeeding is linked to increased risk of infections such as ear, chest and gut infections
  • Responsive feeding helps form important emotional bonds and mental resilience
  • Breastfeeding can help lower the risk of breast cancer for mothers.
  • All healthcare professionals can make a contribution to increasing breastfeeding rates, giving children the best start in life.
  • Making organisations and places breastfeeding friendly is vital to encouraging and supporting women and improving breastfeeding rates.
  • By understanding the long-term benefits and impact of breastfeeding, health commissioners, managers and professionals can make the best decisions to meet local needs
  • Eight out of ten women stop breastfeeding before they want to and could have continued with more support
  • Women may need a wide range of support to breastfeed, such as readily available advice, support groups and apps.
  • Supporting families to breastfeed and increasing the number of babies who are breastfed gives babies the best possible start
  • There is growing evidence linking breastfeeding with protection against later overweight/obesity
  • Breastfeeding can help to reduce health inequalities for babies and improve their life chances
  • Breastfeeding can support family budgets – less illness and time off work, feeds babies for significantly less
  • Raise awareness that breastfeeding matters, Provide effective professional support to mothers and their families, ensure that mothers have access to support, encouragement and understanding in their community

What an amazing day we had on Tuesday at the iHV leadership conference and annual celebration event to mark the iHV’s 5th birthday! With over 100 delegates, the room was buzzing all day, and we had a great line up of speakers.

For those of you who could not either join us on the day or could not follow the #iHVLeadership17 hashtag on Twitter, we’ve collected and made a little “Storify” of yesterday’s tweets so you can follow some of what was shared.

We also have a few photos from our 5th birthday celebration event:

iHV Event, 28 Portland Place, London. Picture:

iHV Event, 28 Portland Place, London. Picture:

iHV Event, 28 Portland Place, London. Picture:

iHV Event, 28 Portland Place, London. Picture:

iHV Event, 28 Portland Place, London. Picture:

iHV Event, 28 Portland Place, London. Picture:

iHV Event, 28 Portland Place, London. Picture:


The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to share its fifth annual report.  This details the progress and many highlights of the iHV over the last year as it marks five years of commitment to the health visiting profession.  This will be launched at a celebratory event this afternoon (5 December).

Annual report cover 2017

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, executive director of the Institute of Health Visiting, announced:

“I am so proud of everything that the Institute has achieved and delivered to support the health visiting profession over the last five years – it really is astonishing. I thank the iHV board and staff and all our members who have supported the Institute to become what it is today – it’s been a massive team effort.

“When we launched the Institute in November 2012, health visiting was enjoying a significant investment from government.  Today, the profession is in a much more challenged position – cash-strapped local authorities have reduced health visitor numbers in many areas.

“As the Institute moves forward, it will continue to support universal preventative services for every family. Every health visitor knows that pressures on families can change from one day to the next, and, when they change, families may need access to qualified professionals such as health visitors to support them.

“As we celebrate our 5th birthday, and look to the next five years, the Institute commits to working even harder to promote the essential role of health visitors to protect and strengthen the health for all children, families and communities, so that every child has the best start in life.”

The Institute of Health Visiting is delighted to announce that bookings are now open for its first Leadership Conference being held in London on Wednesday, 7 December 2016.

leadership-conf 2016

‘Leading for successful outcomes in health visiting today’ is a high quality conference to energise leadership at all levels in health visiting – with leading speakers and experts (including Professor Ros Bryar, Professor Viv Bennett, Lord Victor Adebowale), and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

As part of the conference we also invite you to join us at our special additional celebration event and wine reception between 16:00 – 18:30. This will provide opportunities to network with national leaders and celebrate achievement in the profession.

Delegate places are available now – so book today to secure your early bird rate.


  • iHV Members: £139 (early bird £109) – includes iHV annual celebration event
  • iHV Non-Members: £169 (early bird £139) – includes iHV annual celebration event

Book before midnight 29 October 2016 to get early bird rates.  Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

The venue:

The Brunei Gallery is located in the heart of London, between Malet Street and Thornhaugh Street in the North West corner of Russell Square, Bloomsbury. It is only a three minute walk from the British Museum and is opposite the main entrance to the School of Oriental and African Studies building (SOAS).
The nearest underground stations, Russell Square (3 minutes walk) and King’s Cross (10 minutes walk), offer a direct link to London Heathrow Airport and several of London’s main railway stations are within easy reach.

Four ways to book:

  • Download and return the completed registration form to: Profile Productions Ltd, Boston House, 69 – 75 Boston Manor Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9JJ
  • Book online
  • Call: 020 3725 5840
  • Email direct to: [email protected]