Speakers & Topics

Breastfeeding Through Fertility Treatment
Ali Thomas

Ali is a Principal Environmental Health Officer for Local Government in Nottingham, and lives with her husband Mark, and 7-year-old daughter Jessica, who was conceived via ICSI.

After Ali attended a local breastfeeding support group that had a huge positive impact on her early breastfeeding journey with Jessica, she trained with the ABM to become an MS in 2015, to volunteer as a member of the admin team of Facebook group Breastfeeding Support and Information UK for the last 6 years.

Alongside this, as Ali developed into a passionate advocate for feeding to natural term, her attention was caught by the lack of information and support available for breastfeeding mums needing further fertility treatment. As she was already a social media addict involved in online support, Ali started a Facebook support group in 2016 for those breastfeeding and needing to undergo fertility treatment. It was enormously popular, becoming today’s international community of over 4000 members. Ali has supported hundreds of parents to have a much longed for subsequent child whilst not compromising their current breastfeeding journey.

Due to her busy Local Government career and the popularity of the group, a global team of admins help Ali run the group where they provide individual support, as well as running their website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, where they offer email and direct message support offered to parents and professionals. 

In her little bit of remaining spare time, Ali is the ABM MSC for the Midlands.

Kathryn Stagg

Breastfeeding Early Term Babies; Considerations for twins and singletons born between 36-38 weeks’ gestation
Kathryn Stagg

Kathryn Stagg is an ABM breastfeeding counsellor and IBCLC. Mum to 4 boys including twins, she has been supporting families to breastfeed their babies for 15 years. She is particularly interested in supporting multiple birth families to meet their breastfeeding goals. Kathryn set up Breastfeeding Twins and Triplets UK Facebook group back in 2015. It now boasts more than 7000 members. Last year they became a UK charity offering 1:1 breastfeeding support to those who cannot access expert help, funding training mother supporters, and education health care professionals and breastfeeding supporters on the unique issues faced by multiple birth families. Kathryn is Breastfeeding Counsellor Coordinator for the East region and leads the ABM’s social media team. 

Faranaaz Jaulim

Islam and Breastfeeding
Faranaaz Jaulim

Faranaaz Jaulim is a Director of Leicester Mammas, a community interest company which supports women from pregnancy onwards, to feed and nurture their babies in gentle and responsive ways. Faranaaz is a teacher by profession, having completed her PGCE in French in Mauritius prior to moving to the UK. She has studied widely on Islam and has an MA in Islamic Studies. She is also a teacher of Quranic Arabic and an examiner for Islamic Studies for Cambridge International.

Faranaaz is mum to 2 teenaged children, and it was her experience of giving birth and struggling in those early weeks without extended family support, that later led her to train as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter with Mammas. Since becoming a Peer Supporter in 2010, Faranaaz has been giving support to mums in Leicester. She has undertaken further training in Adult Education and is Co-Lead for CPD training in Mammas. She is also the Lead in charge of the organisation’s English and Gujarati/Urdu helplines.

Kathryn Stewart

Diabetes and Breastfeeding
Kathryn Stewart

Dr Kathryn Stewart is a consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist who also works in the acute medicine department in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead. She runs the maternal medicine service and is a member of the national hospital infant feeding network. She is vice-chair of the regional pregnancy in diabetes steering group. Kathryn is passionate about delivering high quality, individualised care to women with diabetes during pregnancy and also in the pre-conception and post-natal periods.

Nekisha Killings

It Could All Be So Different: Addressing the Chasm of Image Diversity in Lactation – Nekisha Killings

Nekisha Killings MPH IBCLC is an equity strategist and maternal and child health advocate who speaks, teaches, and facilitates on topics related to equity and dismantling bias across various sectors. She acts as a Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and consults organizations on creating and implementing strategies to better support marginalized communities. Coined the Aha! Moment Maven, Nekisha works to wow audiences with new realizations that will impact their approach to business and life positively. Nekisha is on a mission to normalize brown breasts and nipples in health education and marketing, thereby better equipping healthcare providers to accurately diagnose and treat people of color. Accordingly, she founded The Melanated Mammary AtlasTM in 2021. She is co-founder of Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants, which is dedicated to equipping aspirants of color to sit for the lactation board certification exam. Nekisha ‘s work is rooted in a compassion and candor that could only have been cultivated in years of supporting new parents through their journeys during the first days of parenthood. To eager audiences, she extends her own brand of wisdom, wit, and eureka moments to shift the way they approach life and work.