Annual meeting schedule of events

Hear the latest in breastfeeding medicine research and collaborate with clinicians across various medical specialties. All events and programming will take pace at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday, October 15

Preconference Workshop

When: 1 - 5 pm GMT

Where: Scholars, Foster Building
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE

Title: The Relaunched UNICEF and WHO Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI): Practical Applications for Clinicians

Hosted by the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Preston, UK
Sponsored by ABM

Wednesday, October 16

Preconference Sessions: "What Every Physician Needs to to Know About Breastfeeding" Course I and Course II

Thursday, October 17

8 - 8:10 am | Opening Remarks

8:15 - 9 am | Breastfeeding Research Hit Parade - 2019
Arthur Eidelman, MD FAAP FABM
Editor-in-Chief, Breastfeeding Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel

9:05 - 9:50 am | Breastfeeding, Bed-Sharing, & SIDS
Ball, BSc MA PhD

Durham University, Durham, UK
This talk will examine the research evidence around the issues of how and where infants sleep, and why opinions differ. The particular needs of breastfeeding mothers and infants will be explored and out latest research on how mothers manage the effects of night-time feeding and sleep disruption will be shared. The notion that infant sleep environments are 'good' or 'bad' and that parents who receive appropriate instruction will modify their infant-care habits has been fundamental to SIDS reduction campaigns. However, infant sleep location recommendations have failed to emulate the previously successful infant sleep position campaigns that dramatically reduced infant deaths. We will explore why parents bed-share, consider the perceived conflict regarding infant sleep locations, explore how to reorient discussion, and share the new guidance on SIDS and bed-sharing.

9:55 - 10:05 am | Q&A with Speakers

10:10 - 10:40 am | Poster Break/Networking/Exhibits

10:45 am - 12:15 pm | Kellogg Panel

12:20 - 1:20 pm | Lunch

1:25 - 2:25 pm | Podium Presentations

2:30 - 3 pm | Poster Break/Networking/Exhibits

3 - 4:30 pm | Workshops

4:35 - 5:20 pm | Reducing SIDS Risks Whilst Promoting Breastfeeding
Peter Blair, BSc MSc PhD
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Although the evidence suggests that promoting breastfeeding will reduce the risk of SIDS some of the other risk-reduction advice given to parents seems counter-intuitive in terms of enabling breastfeeding. This talk will take a closer look at the epidemiological evidence (or lack of it) surrounding the promotion of dummy use, putting babies to sleep in cardboard boxes, the divergence in public health approaches to hazardous sleeping environments and the impact this may be having on international SIDS rates.  

5:25 - 6:10 pm | Confident Conversations; Empowering Parents to Make Choices to Prevent their Baby from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy
Christine McIntosh, BSc,MBChB,Dip.O&G,Dip.Paed.FRNZCGP,Doc.Cand.
The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the sudden death of a baby who was thought to be healthy in the 24 hours prior to death. SUDI remains as a leading cause of post neonatal death in many countries and indigenous and marginalised population groups are the most affected. Experts agree that most SUDI deaths could be prevented, however ssuccessful SUDI prevention programmes require system wide, consistent SUDI prevention advice and programmes tailored for higher risk groups.
The Safe Sleep Calculator is a SUDI risk assessment web-based tool that considers 15 SUDI risk factors and provides individualised recommendations on risk reduction. It enables clinicians to provide objective individualised advice for families on infant care behaviours to reduce SUDI risk. The experiences of implementing the Safe Sleep Calculator in a primary care setting and, in a district health board area in New Zealand, will be described.

6:15 - 6:25 pm | Q&A with Speakers

6:30 pm | Awards Banquet

Friday, October 18

8 - 8:45 am | Marie McGrath
Emergency Nutrition Network, Oxford, UK

8:50 - 9:35 am | Ending Sponsorship of Paediatricians by BMS Companies - Case Study of RCPCH

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

9:40 - 9:50 am | Q&A with Speakers

9:55 - 10:25 am | Poster Break/Networking/Exhibits

10:30 - 11:15 am | Influencing a Paradigm Shift in the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI)
Fiona Dykes, PhD MA RM ADM FHEA

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
In this presentation, Fiona Dykes describes a program of research that has significantly contributed to a paradigm shift in the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI). In 2013, Unicef UK BFI published a revised set of evidence-based standards for all maternity and children's services placing a particular emphasis on mother-infant relationship building rather than the previous specific emphasis on breastfeeding (Unicef UK 2013).

11:20 am - 12:05 pm | Natalie Shenker, BM BCh (Oxon) PhD (Imp)
Hearts Milk Bank, Hertfordshire, UK

12:10 - 12:20 pm | Q&A with Speakers

12:25 - 1:25 pm | Lunch

1:30 - 3 pm | Business Meeting

3:15 - 4:45 pm | Workshops

Saturday, October 19

8 - 8:45 am | Founders' Lecture

8:50 - 9:35 am | Monica Pina, MD
IMDJC, Lisbon, Portugal

9:40 - 9:50 am | Q&A with Previous Speakers

9:55 - 10:25 am | Poster Break/Networking/Exhibits

10:30 - 11:30 am | Podium Presentations

11:35 am - 12:35 pm | Lunch

12:40 - 1:25 pm | Breastfeeding and Perinatal Mood Disorders: Circuits and Circumstances
Maria Enrica Bettinelli, MD IBCLC
University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Breastfeeding, attachment, and perinatal mental disorders share the same neruobiological circuits and neurosciences have shown there are connections acting both in a protective and negative sense. Relational experiences in the early years of life put the basis for future physical and mental health. Avoiding early toxic stress is essential in preventing mental problems later. Maternal depression, and in general perinatal mental disorders of parental figures, especially of the mother, have a well-documented negative effect on infants and children, altering the mechanism of responsive interaction. Depressed mothers do not engage with their children and fail to respond to their signals. Children find this situation stressful, and there may be permanent effects arising from being raised by chronically depressed parents.
According to recent studies, breastfeeding helps reduce early toxic stress, as well as allowing optimal nutrition. The responsive interaction mode is the basis of the relationship established with breastfeeding. So breastfeeding has a significant impact on the mental health of children and adolescents. The way mothers respond to their children's needs is the key to understanding these long-term effects. When mothers respond consistently to the signals of their children, they lay the foundations for the resilience of their children. By understanding that the success of breastfeeding is linked to perinatal maternal mental health, we can create awareness when counseling the breastfeeding mother.

1:25 - 1:30 pm | Q&A with Speaker

1:30 pm | Adjourn