Postponement of ABM Australia/New Zealand Regional Conference until
 19-21st February 2021

After careful consideration regarding the risks to individual participants and the community of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic as well as government and institutional directives about travel, the ABM Australia/New Zealand Regional Conference Committee has decided there was no other option but to postpone the conference due to take place on May 1-3 2020.

We have been able to confirm a new meeting date of the 19th (workshops), 20-21st (conference) February 2021 at the same venue, Rydges Melbourne.

People who have already registered will receive an email outlining the effects of the postponement, as well as a FAQ document with more detail regarding their registration and accommodation. The FAQs can be downloaded here.
Conference details and the FAQs will be updated in the days and weeks to come. There will also be updates on our Facebook page.

Registration remains open for anyone who would like to attend in February 2021.

The Australia/New Zealand Regional ABM Conference welcomes you to Melbourne!


Following our very successful conference in 2018, we welcome you to Breastfeeding Medicine: Evidence and Clinical Practice 2020, the second conference for the Australia/New Zealand Region of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. From the novice to the experienced, this conference, specifically designed by doctors for doctors, is for you. Babies and toddlers are very welcome in the workshops and conference rooms. There will also be an adjacent room with an audio-visual feed so that you can continue to be part of the event if you or your baby needs more room or privacy during the conference.

Let the stylish surroundings and convenient location of Rydges Melbourne envelop you when visiting our Australian metropolis. Our Melbourne CBD hotel sits in the heart of the city’s vibrant theatre district with Her Majesty’s Theatre, Comedy Theatre, Princess Theatre, the Athenaeum and the Regent Theatre all moments away. Rydges Melbourne is near Chinatown, and shopaholics will love being close to the exclusive Collins Street boutiques and world-famous Bourke Street Mall.

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Event Details


Two pre-conference workshops will be held concurrently on Friday 1st May. The first workshop Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners, is designed to give medical practitioners breastfeeding information regarding issues relevant to their medical practice. It includes: risks of not breastfeeding; the process of breastfeeding and normal breastfeeding management; how to provide breastfeeding support within a medical practice; managing maternal and infant complications; common breastfeeding problems (eg breast and nipple problems, mastitis and growth faltering); and medication use while breastfeeding. The second workshop Beyond the Essentials: Advanced Topics in Breastfeeding Medicine, is designed for more experienced practitioners, especially those who have already attended Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners. It will include sessions about breastfeeding research, difficult and unusual cases, different breastfeeding medicine practice models and advocacy in the workplace.

Social Events

Social activities include welcome drinks on Friday night  May 1st (included in full registration – workshop and day registrants, partners and children welcome at a cost) and a conference dinner on Saturday night May 2nd (open to all attendees and partners). Both activities will be held at the conference hotel – Rydges Melbourne.

You may want to join ABM ( before registering to receive the discounted conference rates. Follow us on our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with conference happenings.

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May 2nd and 3rd will be two days of thought-provoking international and local speakers providing clinical information on current issues in Breastfeeding Medicine. These sessions will cover a wide variety of issues that crop up in clinical practice. The conference will also provide an opportunity to network with colleagues with similar interests and will be especially relevant for General Practitioners, Paediatricians and Obstetricians. Saturday May 2nd is specifically for doctors while registration for Sunday May 3rd will be open all those interested in helping women to breastfeed.
Click here for the program.

Click here for speaker details. 

Associate Prof
Alison Stuebe


Helen Ball


Dr Alison Barrett

New Zealand


Earlybird to 17/1/20 Workshop Full Conference Day  Only Workshop & Full conference Workshop & Day Registration
Member $240 $455 $265 $670 $480
Non-member $280 $505 $300 $760 $540
Student $145 $305 $185 $420 $320


Regular from 18/1/20   Workshop Full Conference
or Webinar
Day Only  Workshop & Full conference Workshop & Day Registration
Member $270 $500 $295 $740 $540
Non-member $310 $555 $325 $830 $600
Student $170 $345 $195 $500 $335



Registration costs

Conference registration includes tea/coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, name tag, program and access to conference proceedings. Workshop registration will include a workbook of the presentations. Full conference registration includes the welcome reception on Friday night.  NB: If you are observing fasting for Ramadan, please contact the organisers to arrange alternative food options.

Webinar: Even if you can't make it to Australia in May 2020 you can still hear the fantastic speakers we have lined up for the conference.  You can now take advantage of the option of a webinar presentation after our live meeting concludes, from the comfort of your own home and at the convenience over several days, weeks or months, if you wish.  Once you have registered for the webinar, it will be available for viewing from 20 May for three months, at the same cost as attending the conference.  Because of the interactive format of the workshops, they will not be available in a webinar format.


CPD Points

RACGP QI&CPD and IBLCE CERPS points for the workshops and conference have been applied for. The RNZCGP accepts the RACGP points.


The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), founded in 1995, is dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. It is an international multi-specialty medical practitioner organisation, with more than 700 members from more than 58 countries.

Membership is available for all registered/licensed medical practitioners and dentists. ABM is a core partner of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and is affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. Annual conferences have been held in the US for more than 20 years and in 2019 the first international conference will be held in the United Kingdom. Regional conferences have also been held bi-annually in Europe for more than 10 years. This is the second time a regional conference has been held in the Australia/New Zealand region. 

ABM's peer reviewed journal, Breastfeeding Medicine, published 6 times per year, is one of the many benefits of being a member of ABM. Access to a members-only listserv for those difficult breastfeeding queries, reduced conference registration fees, first and easy access to evidence-based protocols on 31 different breastfeeding topics and connections with doctors (and more recently dentists) with an interest in breastfeeding from all over the world are other advantages.

Find out more about ABM and how to join by visiting the website or follow us on Facebook. You may wish to join ABM before registering for the conference to receive discounted conference registration.