The Breastfeeding Festival was established in 2009 by three mothers in Ulverston, Cumbria, and held its first annual festival in Ulverston in 2010. The festival continued to be held there for three more years, before moving to Manchester in 2014. All funding for the Ulverston-based festivals was raised through Bumps and Babies Sales, where second-hand baby goods were donated to the festival and sold to local parents at sales several times a year. The annual festivals continue to rely on the income from Bumps and Babies Sales in order to consolidate income from ticket sales and stall fees.
The Festival has grown since 2010 and the speakers have been diverse and popular. Speakers such as infant feeding expert Carol Bartle from New Zealand, author and historian Maureen Minchin from Australia, Felicity Savage (chair of WABA), Midwife and author Mark Harris, Professor Helen Ball from the Infant Sleep Information Source and Mike Brady from Baby Milk Action have joined us to speak, along with authors, midwives,
Midwife Jenny Clarke who campaigns for Skin to Skin contact, Dr Wendy Jones from Breastfeeding and Medication and Dr Amy Brown from the University of Swansea have become Festival favourites and have given different talks over the years.
The 2017 Festival was brought to you by 7 mothers who live as far apart as Northumberland, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent! It is entirely organised via monthly Skype chats and a private Facebook group – and the volunteers over the weekend have included the local Infant Feeding Lead and previous committee members as well as some of our esteemed speakers!
As we have some reserves courtesy of the Ulverston Bump & Baby Sales, all revenue from our festivals goes into paying for the next year’s festival – if you would like to know more then please join us, as members have access to our full accounts which are presented at the AGM, so you can see where the money goes, and if you would like to help us spend it wisely you can get more involved.