This event is joint hosted by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Institute for Health Visiting.

Chaired by Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting. 

Given that breastfeeding is one of the most powerful factors in infant health, and that statistically the UK shows some of the lowest rates worldwide this issue is a public heath priority.

The conference programme is designed to illustrate the need for support and show examples of what integrated services can achieve in the community. The World’s Breastfeeding Trends initiative findings and recommendations which will be shared during the day can strengthen health visitor practice and improve public health if implemented.

This conference will be of value to Directors of Public Health, Health Visitors, GP’s, Midwives, Commissioners, Children’s services staff and many others interested in breastfeeding and its role in health improvement.

5 CPD credits available for attendees.

This event is supported by 



9:30 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Opening Remarks Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting

Session: A public health view of breastfeeding
10.10 The mother’s voice Dr Louise Santhanam, GP and Chair, the GP Infant Feeding Network (UK)
10.20 Why breastfeeding is important 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

Session: 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 Dr Amy Brown, Associate Professor and maternal and infant health researcher, Swansea University
12:45 Questions
13:00 Lunch

Session: Breastfeeding in the community – what works?
14:00 The importance and challenges of peer support Dr Gill Thompson, 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 Refreshments

Session: Moving forward – National and local actions required to increase UK rates of breastfeeding
15:20 National expert opinion and panel discussion Professor Viv Bennett, Public Health England, Emma Pickett, IBCLC, Scott Elliott, Head of Health and Well-being Services, Public Health, Medway Council and Alison Spiro, Specialist Health Visitor
16.25 Chair’s closing remarks Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting

Booking Information
Download the booking form here

Fees (no VAT payable)
RSPH/iHV member: £105 (early bird) £125 (standard)
Public sector and charities: £150 (early bird) £165 (standard)
Private sector: £200 (early bird) £225 (standard)

Book by Friday 16 March to receive early bird discount on all fees

Cheques must be made payable to RSPH. Please note, places are guaranteed only upon receipt of payment and payments must be received by RSPH 4 weeks prior to rhe conference.

Cancellation: Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 8 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. The organisers reserve the right to change the timings and/or identity of the speakers.

For any enquiries please call Joely Campbell on 020 7265 7378 or email.