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The University of Southampton
Southampton Ethics Centre

The Breastfeeding Dilemma Event

10:00 - 16:00
23 March 2016
London Southbank University, Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, London. SE1 6NG

For more information regarding this event, please email Fiona Woollard at .

Event details

This workshop brings together academics, policy makers, medical professionals, parental support organisations, members of the media, mothers and members of the public to address the Breastfeeding Dilemma: how do we encourage breastfeeding and support women in doing so, without subjecting those who choose not to breastfeed, or are unable to do so, to shame and guilt with potentially devastating consequences? We explore philosophical mistakes in the way we talk and think about infant feeding choices and the impact pressure to breastfeed can have on maternal health and the experience of new motherhood.

The workshop is funded by the Southampton Ethics Centre and a Public Engagement with Research Development Award from the University of Southampton. 


Morning: Short talks

Afternoon: Fishbowl - An Open Fishbowl Dialogue will be used to allow all participants to contribute.


Registration is free of charge and will include lunch, tea and coffee. Please register by 14th March. 

If you would like to attend but childcare duties render your attendance difficult, please contact the organisers (as far in advance as possible). 

More Information

For more information, a full programme, accessibility information and registration, please click here.

Speaker information

Dr Fiona Woollard,Department of Philosophy, University of Southampton

Dr Elselijn Kingma,Department of Philosophy, University of Southampton

Dr Gill Thompson,Community Health and Midwifery, ,UCLan

Heather Trickey,Cardiff University,NCT

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