Details of previous events and where possible my presentation, or a recording of my presentation can be found below.
Please feel free to read and share materials, but please also credit them, if you do use them, to Dr Amy Brown, Swansea University.
Why breastfeeding is a societal issue
Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies?
Sprogcast Live in South London: July 14th
An evening of conversation about pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, hosted by Karen Hall and Mark Harris, hosts of the Sprogcast, a monthly podcast about pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
The podcast for the evening is available here
Public engagement and infant feeding research
A Regional Collaboration for Health (ARCH) is bringing together health and science to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of South West Wales. Swansea University, ABMU and Hywel Dda health boards have come together to transform the way healthcare is delivered. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of ARCH’s aims.
To celebrate ARCH’s revolutionary approach and to showcase the innovation driving this work ARCH put on a free innovation day with an impressive line up of speakers who are all helping to shape the future of healthcare in Wales.Topics covered included the transformative area of Precision Medicine and Genomics, the region’s unique approach to Arts in Health, ground-breaking research in mental health, brain science, wound innovation and diabetes.
I spoke about our infant sleep research and the wider context of Breastfeeding Uncovered and the need for research and support in this area. You can download a copy of my presentation here Amy Brown ARCH
Breastfeeding Festival: 30/06/2016
Who really decides how we feed our babies?
The Breastfeeding Festival is all about celebrating and promoting breastfeeding, aiming to increase breastfeeding rates and duration, as well as to inform and empower.
I spoke about all the different barriers that society places in the way of women breastfeeding their babies and some ideas of what we can do, together, to overcome these. You can see details about my talk here and download a copy here Breastfeeding festival Amy Brown Who really decides how we feed our babies?
The baby rice wont work: why solids and milk feeding don’t help babies to sleep
The 4th Biennial Sleep Lab conference held by Durham University’s Parent – Infant Sleep lab was held on Monday April 11th 2016 at Durham University’s Calman Centre, Durham City. Local and International infant sleep researchers presented their most recent and cutting edge research to a wide range of delegates including health-care professionals, volunteers working with parents, private practitioners, and individuals interested in the most up-to-date issues in infant sleep research.
I spoke about our recent research showing that how often babies wake up at night is unrelated to whether they are breast or formula fed or how much solid food you feed them. You can download a copy of my presentation here infant sleep
Why do we have such low breastfeeding rates in the UK?
This was an event for health and social care professionals engaged in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Children and Young People’s strategic commissioning. However, I was invited to speak at the event because one of the three key theme areas they have chosen to focus on is improving breastfeeding rates in the health board. You can download my presentation here ABMU breastfeeding powerpoint
The problem with breasts
‘Breasts seem to be the focal point for numerous contemporary controversies. Some argue that women’s position in society is adversely affected by the objectification of breasts and by images of certain breasts in public spaces, for example in the Sun’s Page 3 or in advertising and entertainment. For decades, feminists have campaigned against photographs of topless female models. More recently, students’ unions have banned the Sun from campus shops to maintain the campus as a ‘safe space’ for female students. After pressure from advocacy groups, some supermarkets and newsagents have introduced ‘modesty sleeves’ to cover up pictures of breasts on the covers of certain magazines. In these instances, the presence of ‘sexualised’ naked breasts in public view is said to be offensive and even harmful to women and children and to contribute to an unhealthy social climate for all.
Conversely, probreastfeeding activists regularly stage ‘feedins’ or ‘flash mobs’ in public places to assert the right of mothers to breastfeed wherever necessary and the ‘Free the Nipple’ campaign calls for ‘equality’ in the way male and female nipples are treated in legislation and on social media. Even more confusingly, feminist campaigners such as FEMEN have taken to baring their breasts in public in protest against what they see as the misogyny of institutions like the church. And so it seems, some breasts are good and some breasts are bad.
All of which raises the question, who decides? Why have breasts become such a focus for contemporary advocacy and campaigning and is it really possible or desirable to ‘desexualise’ breasts?’
You can watch a recording of the session here
My session details can be found here
Breastfeeding and modern parenting culture
This seminar series brought together academics from a range of disciplines with those involved in education, practice and policy. Over a series of six seminars, during 2015 and 2016, a core group of attendees (plus one internationally renowned speaker each time) met to consider how to further understanding of women’s embodied, affective and day-to-day practices of trying to breastfeed and to talk about how more UK women might be helped to breastfeed for longer.
The seminars were organised by the University of the West of England, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales and are organised by Dr Sally Dowling, Dr Kate Boyer and Professor David Pontin. Seminars were held in Bristol and in Cardiff and the final seminar will be held in November 2016. More details soon.
I spoke in the first session about breast-feeding and modern parenting culture. You can listen to a podcast of my talk here
How psycho-social factors impact upon milk supply
Ilactation is an online conference featuring great speakers. You can register for the next conference. This year I spoke all about the core concepts of Breastfeeding Uncovered and how societal factors can damage breastfeeding. Unfortunately you have to pay to listen to these presentations but the conference is excellent value to gain access to presentations from a huge range of expert speakers, from the comfort of your living room.
You can see more about the speakers here
Bridgend Breastfeeding Group: 25/11/15
Infant sleep and night feeding patterns
A few of you may have met or heard of Dr Amy Brown; an Associate Professor at Swansea University, who has come into group a few times with the television cameras!
This time she will be coming in (without the cameras) to talk about her research she has carried in ‘Infant Sleep and Night Feeding Patterns During Later Infancy: Association with Breastfeeding Frequency, Daytime Complementary Food Intake and Infant Weight.’ I am sure the talk will be very useful and informative as it is often a subject mums are concerned about.
Pregnant & breastfeeding mums from ALL breastfeeding groups across Bridgend and the borough are very welcome to attend!
Breastfeeding and obesity
Llantrisant Breastfeeding Support Group organised a conference back in 2014 with talks from Gill Rapley, Tatiana Mela and myself.
I spoke about how breastfeeding can protect against obesity and you can download my talk here breastfeeding and obesity