About The Breastfeeding Festival

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The Breastfeeding Festival is all about celebrating and promoting breastfeeding, aiming to increase breastfeeding rates and duration, as well as to inform and empower. 

The 2016 Breastfeeding Festival will be held Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June, in the Mayo Building at Salford Royal Hospital, M6 8HD in Greater Manchester. This is our 7th Year.

Online ticket sales have now closed, but you can still pay on the door on the day at £15

The 2016 Programme is now complete – lots to see and do, and we can confirm we have Professor Helen Ball speaking on Infant Sleep; IBCLC Lactation Consultant Pamela Morrison on Faltering Growth, and on Breastfeeding and HIV;  Maureen Minchin, author of the influential Milk Matters; Midwife Mark Harris on Breastfeeding and Dads; Sarah Atkinson, Medical Herbalist; Dr Felicity Savage from WABA; Chrissy Chittenden on Lactation as a Feminist Issue; Dr Amy Brown discussing ‘Who Decides How We Feed Our Babies?’, and Dr Wendy Jones on Breastfeeding and Medication.


See some pictures and feedback from the 2015 event at the same venue, here

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See the 2015 Programme. We had some brilliant speakers, breakout sessions, events and activities.

Speakers on the Saturday included Rosie Dodds from the NCT on Infant Sleep, Carol Bartle IBCLC on Breastfeeding Mothers in Prison, Wendy Jones (Medications in Breastmilk Pharmacist) on Alcohol in Breastfeeding and other Frequently Asked Questions, Jenny Clarke (Midwife) on establishing skin to skin postnatally in all birth environments; the Manchester Blood Bikers on Transporting Donor Milk Across The North West, and Isabel Jordan IBCLC on breastfeeding past 12 months

Speakers on the Sunday included Dr Val Finigan MBE from Salford Uni on Tongue Tie, Maternity Action on Breastfeeding And Returning To Work, Carol Bartle IBCLC from Christchurch NZ on Infant Feeding in Emergencies, Mike Brady from Baby Milk Action on the marketing of breastmilk substitutes, and Phyll Buchanan from the BfN on Ethics in Breastfeeding.

On both days there were stalls and information stands, activities, workshops and things to see and do for all ages, from 10am to 5pm, in addition to the speakers in the main room. This was a while-family event, not a conference, but it represents amazing value for money for health professionals looking for learning and CPD as well.

Tickets are per household and purchasers should be aware that they may need to provide proof of residency when checking in to the festival.

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In 2014 the festival came to Manchester for the first time: this followed 4 years in Ulverston, South Cumbria, where it was wholly funded by Bumps and Babies Sales held in Ulverston, the original home of the Breastfeeding Festival – more information here.

In 2014, the Breastfeeding Festival was held at The Academy on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August – during World Breastfeeding Week. FIND OUT WHAT WAS ON, HERE!

Jenny Clarke BF Fest Manc 2014
Image courtesy of Nurtured with Love Photography

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