As the pandemic continues with no clear end in sight, babies have kept on being born and families have been significantly affected by the secondary impacts of coronavirus on their lives and the services that support them. We must draw from the learning gained during the first waves of the pandemic and ensure that we do not have a ‘Baby Blindspot’ in 2022 – babies, young children and families need support now if we are to address inequalities and improve outcomes. There is no better place to start in giving every child the best start in life than by supporting effective breastfeeding.
We are delighted to launch the first of our focused half-day conferences - the event on 31st March 2022 will concentrate on the topic of breastfeeding. 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:
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.
Aims of conference
The importance of breastfeeding and breastmilk for lifelong population health, and the role of health visiting as part of an infrastructure of highly skilled support in improving breastfeeding and tackling health inequalities.
How the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on breastfeeding support is being managed, learning from rapid service adaptations and innovations, and recovery plans to embed best practice.
How to support breastfeeding LGTBQ+ families: What does it mean to support LGBTQ+ people as a health visitor? What are their particular needs? How can you best serve them?
This conference is the must-attend event in 2022 for those interested in evidence-based breastfeeding support, health visiting and public health. The topics covered will support you in your work to support families with breastfeeding.
Suitable for: Health Visitors, Specialist Practitioners/Infant Feeding Leads, Midwives, Maternity Support Workers, Community Nursery Nurses, Local Authority Commisioners/ Employers and Third Sector Organisations.
Continuous Professional Development has the potential to deliver a high return on investment. 'It offers staff career progression that motivates them to stay and, just as importantly, equips them with the skills to operate at advanced levels of professional practice and to meet patients' need of the future'. NHS, Long Term Plan, 2019.