preterm lactation and breastfeeding

Dates to be confirmed

Course details

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Fees:
    - £90
    - £75 ICHT staff
  • Discount to attend: Preterm Lactation and Breastfeeding and Introduction to Preterm Nutrition 
    - £165
    - £135 ICHT staff
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Why the need for such a course?

To enable staff to provide consistent evidence based support for mothers which will help to reduce maternal stress and enhance their experience of breastfeeding.

To draw on the expertise of an established multidisciplinary neonatal team successfully supporting lactation and breastfeeding for preterm infants and their families.

To enable delegates to maximise their support for mothers of preterm infants in providing breastmilk and facilitating the transition to breastfeeding at  discharge.

Lack of provision of breastmilk on the neonatal unit may incur additional costs to the NHS through delayed achievement of full enteral feeds and increased rates of sepsis and necrotising enterocolitis, both of which can also delay discharge and entail greater costs. It is hoped the course will help increase the number of babies receiving their mothers milk and therefore avoid such risks.

We would like to become a forum to share best practice both nationally and internationally in the support of preterm lactation and breastfeeding

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Learning objectives

To develop an understanding of the theory and practical application of lactation and breastfeeding support for mothers who deliver preterm.

Course methods

The course consists of a series of presentations. Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with the speaker.

Who should attend?

  • Neonatal nurses
  • Midwives
  • Breastfeeding support staff
  • Allied Health Professionals: Speech and language therapists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists with an interest in neonatal and preterm feeding
  • Neonatologists
  • Paediatricians with a neonatal interest
  • Milk banking staff

Call for abstracts

The organisers of the Preterm Lactation and Breastfeeding Study Day welcome submissions of abstracts for posters to display on the day of the meeting or for short oral presentations. We are looking for submissions that highlight innovative work which supports preterm lactation and breastfeeding before, during or following a preterm infant’s hospital stay.

The Abstract submission for Poster or Short Oral Presentations should be sent as a word document attached to an email that arrives by 5pm on the 26.07.2013 including:

  • Name, work address and email address of main author 
  • Name and work address of additional authors 
  • Whether being submitted for consideration as a poster, a short oral presentation or both 
  • Title (Not exceeding 15 words) 
  • Text (not exceeding 250 words) – to include aims, methods, results and discussion 
  • Maximum of 3 references 

The Course organisers will publish the accepted poster and short oral presentation list shortly after 26th July. Authors will be informed by an email, to the email address they have included in the abstract submission.

Posters will be displayed at the meeting venue. To submit a poster at least one of the named authors should be registered at the Course. Posters should be displayed on arrival in the morning of 23rd Sept. The size should be: 70 cm wide and 100 cm high.

The short presentations will have a maximum time limit of 7 minutes with 3 minutes for questions.
The first name on the abstract, if selected, will be the presenter of the short presentation.
The date and time of the presentation will be sent to the authors of the abstract by the Course Organisers by 9th August.


Companies interested in exhibiting/sponsoring the conference are most welcome and will have to adhere to the WHO/UNICEF International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

Comments from past participants

"Very useful course. I feel all professionals working in neonatology need to know about breastfeeding to this level."

"Excellent course and speakers. A huge amount crammed in but all very informative. "

"Very useful and informative course, gained some great ideas and lots of knowledge!"