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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 2017 Breastfeeding Festival will be held Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June, in the Mayo Building at Salford Royal Hospital, M6 8HD in Greater Manchester. This is our 8th Year.

Topics this year include Breastfeeding and Bacteria Gone Viral, Why ‘Fed’ Is Not Best, Breastfeeding and Medication, Colostrum Banking for Women with Diabetes, Normal Term Breastfeeding, When Breastfed Babies Cannot Feed At The Breast, Skin to Skin in All Birth Situations and some Breastfeeding Friendly Yoga. We will also have book signings, soft play, sling swing, and other activities as well as our fabulous stall holders.

Tickets for the 2017 Festival are now on sale at www.buytickets.at/TheBreastfeedingFestival

The Breastfeeding Festival is a NOT FOR PROFIT and all committee members are volunteers: no one involved in the running of the festival takes any income from it. All income in the form of ticket sales and memberships is ploughed back into the festival.

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

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Speakers at the 2015 Festival 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. We had 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.

Tickets for The Breastfeeding Festival 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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HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL

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