The committee for the festival year 2019 is as follows:
AMIE HART (North West Chair)
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AMY HARDCASTLE (North West Vice Chair)
Amy is a queer, 26 year old mother of one. With a supportive husband, and through Facebook groups, she educated herself on the benefits of breastfeeding beyond infancy and her and her son continue to nurse beyond toddlerhood. Through facebook’s (often cheeky) algorithm, the bffest event was suggested to her and when she wasn’t able to attend she followed the page and consequently saw the appeal for new volunteers and couldn’t resist getting involved in something she felt so passionately about. She has a YouTube channel with videos about attachment parenting practices and vlogs of her life as a stay at home parent. She uses her background in performing arts to try and add something unique to the festival each year, like composing and performing a melodic rendition of some poetry from the book ‘Musings on Motherhood’. Amy has only attended the festival as a volunteer and feels privileged to work behind the scenes of such a inclusive and impressive event that many people are surprised to learn is organised via Skype!
MARY TAYLOR (North West Secretary)
Mary is new on the scene of parenting with her first child however she is passionate about science, evidence, and biology, being a biology teacher pre-parenting. Mary joined our committee in 2016 and is an able note taker and bringer of good ideas: we’re looking forward to working with her on this year’s festival!
NIKKI MATHER (North West Membership Secretary)
Nikki Mather is a doula and breastfeeding counsellor in Cheshire and has three children from 10-22 years old. Nikki has supported breastfeeding families for over ten years in various paid and voluntary capacities. Involved in the Breastfeeding Festival from the first year it came to Manchester, Nikki has a keen interest in informed decision making, consent throughout maternity services and breastfeeding education during the antenatal period. Nikki also founded Greater Manchester Breastfeeding Support, a successful Facebook group which has Midwives, Health Visitors, Doulas, Breastfeeding Counsellors, IBCLCs and Peer Supporters and parents all working together for better infant feeding outcomes where families can find their local groups and support networks as well as a wealth of infant feeding information
HAYLEY SHING (North West Treasurer/Website manager)
Hayley Shing has a background in design and became a mummy in 2015 Having struggled with breastfeeding her son in the early months after a tricky tongue tie start, she soon became very passionate about “paying it forward” from her experiences and trained to become a mentored doula in 2017. Along with other commitments, Hayley volunteers for Doula UK and her local greenspace park group. She joined this committee in 2017 bringing a speaker and enthusiasm to the festival team.
JO DAWSON (Breastfeeding Festival founder member and support)
Jo, one of the founder members of the Breastfeeding Festival in 2009, who has been a committee member since that time with a brief break for maternity leave, is an archeologist. Jo is a breastfeeding mother of two, and a breastfeeding peer supporter, having run the Ulverston breastfeeding group for the past five years. Although Jo will no longer be an active committee member she will continue to support the festival from afar with the bump and baby sales.