Paediatric Specialist Group: How Dietitians can support breastfeeding in a clinical setting and an overview of weaning

Hosted by Paediatric Specialist Group

We invite you to join this CPD webinar for an update on breastfeeding and weaning.


  • Paediatric Specialist Group Member £10
  • BDA Members £20
  • BDA Student Members  £10
  • Non BDA Members  £30


Denise King, Clinical lead Community Paediatric Dietitian and IBCLC, Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust: 

Denise qualified as a dietitian in 2009 and practiced as an adult Dietitian for the NHS before realising her passion lay with paediatrics and began to specialise in this area with Wirral Community NHS Trust. She further expanded her expertise in paediatric nutrition by qualifying as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2016.

Jennifer Ashcroft (MNutr, MSc, IBCLC) Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Lactation consultant, Ulster Hospital Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Jenni completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics (MNutr) at the University of Nottingham and then went on to complete her MSc in Advanced dietetic practice in 2016 whilst working at Nottingham Children’s hospital. Jenni has always wanted to specialise within Paediatrics and furthered her expertise by undertaking her IBCLC qualification in 2017. She has a wealth of experience supporting the nutrition and health of women and their children from pregnancy throughout childhood. Her specialist interest lies in supporting breastfeeding families where faltering growth or food allergies are suspected. Jenni is passionate about increasing the knowledge and understanding of dietitians and health care teams on how to practically and effectively support breastfeeding in the paediatric clinical setting.

Summary of Denise and Jenny's talk: The first session will include a quick glance at the physiology of the breast followed by information on positioning and attachment at the breast and how to assess if this is effective or not. The second part of this session will include information on how to support a breastfeeding parent with milk production if the infant is not feeding at the breast – e.g expressing and storage of breastmilk.

The second session will include information on when and how to supplement a breastfed infant, what supplement to use and how to monitor the effectiveness of this.

Mary Fewtrell, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK. 

Mary's research interests include the programming of health outcomes by early nutrition and growth, investigated in randomised nutritional intervention trials in both term and preterm infants, with long-term follow-up; and practical aspects of infant nutrition, with studies on breastfeeding, breast milk expression and complementary feeding. She also collaborates with Professor Jonathan Wells to investigate both biological and anthropological aspects of infant feeding. She is the Clinical Lead for Nutrition at the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health UK and a member of the Infant Nutrition working group at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  She is currently General Secretary of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and was previously Chair of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition.

Summary of Mary's talk: Around the middle of the first year of life, breast milk alone can no longer meet the nutritional requirements of infants, and complementary foods are needed to support optimal growth and development. Whilst meeting nutrient requirements is a fundamental consideration during complementary feeding there are other non-nutritional factors to consider, including exposure to new foods (including food allergens), flavours and textures, as well as behavioural and cultural aspects.

The complementary feeding period is one where the infant continues to grow and develop rapidly and where nutrient requirements are high. Complementary feeding practices can influence the infant’s growth trajectory resulting in both under and overnutrition, depending on the environment. This lecture will discuss the three key aspects of CF – timing, content and method of feeding – summarising the evidence for current recommendations.