ABM Australia/New Zealand Regional Conference welcomes you to our second conference:

Now transitioning to online only


Following our very successful conference in 2018, we welcome you to Breastfeeding Medicine: Evidence and Clinical Practice 2021, 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.

In March, the organising committee for the ABM Australia/New Zealand Regional Conference scheduled for May 2020, made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our face-to-face meeting until February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sadly, COVID-19 has had a far more significant impact that anyone may have predicted and for now, there is no end in sight. With closed international borders, restricted interstate travel and restrictions on gatherings, the conference committee have again been faced with a difficult decision to transition to a solely online conference. The main conference will be held on the weekend of 20th and 21st February. The workshops will be run the previous weekend on Saturday 13th February (Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners) and Sunday 14th February (Beyond the Essentials: Advanced Topics in Breastfeeding Medicine).

The adjusted format will contain both live streamed (then recorded) and pre-recorded on-demand content that will be available until the 31st May 2021. The live presentations will be condensed within fewer hours at a time of day appropriate for viewing over our Australia/New Zealand time zones. However, in addition to a full conference program, we are now able to offer bonus presentations, which can be accessed at any convenient time. These bonus presentations include sessions on providing lactation consults via telehealth and the impact of COVID-19 on breastfeeding women and clinicians from around the world. This has enhanced our program and we have evolved our offerings to address current issues affecting practitioners worldwide. We envision that there will still be opportunities to ask questions of our live speakers.

As a result of our workshops going online, attendees will now have the opportunity to attend both the Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners and the Beyond the Essentials: Advanced Topics in Breastfeeding Medicine workshops as they will no longer be run concurrently (as was planned for the face-to-face meeting). We expect this will appeal to a number of attendees who would like to use the first workshop to reinforce their core knowledge and the second workshop to extend their skills.

People who have already registered for the conference and/or workshops will receive an email outlining the effects of transitioning to an online platform. A FAQ document with more detail regarding registration and accommodation has been developed and can be downloaded here.

We thank you and the entire ABM community for your understanding, patience and ongoing support of the success of this conference. We look forward to seeing you online in February 2021.


Event Details


Two pre-conference workshops will be held on consecutive days, Saturday 13th February 2021 and Sunday 14th February 2021. The first, Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners, is designed to give medical practitioners breastfeeding information on 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. You will be asked to watch four pre-recorded presentations and complete pre-readings before the interactive sessions on the day.

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. There will also be pre-recorded presentations. You will be able to attend both workshops if you wish.

RACGP Accredited Activity CPD points and IBCLC CERPS are being applied for. The RNZCGP accepts RACGP points.

Main Conference

February 20th and 21st 2021 will be two days of thought-provoking international and local speakers providing clinical information on current issues in Breastfeeding Medicine. In addition, there will be pre-recorded, on-demand presentations available from 15th February 2021. Both pre-recorded and recorded live presentations will cover a wide variety of issues that occur in clinical practice and will include information about the effect of COVID19 on breastfeeding women and medical staff as well as experiences of telehealth.  All presentations will be available for viewing until 31st May 2021. The conference will be especially relevant for General Practitioners, Paediatricians and Obstetricians. The agenda for Saturday 20th February is designed specifically for doctors although registration for both days will be open to all those interested in helping women to breastfeed. Please see the program and speakers’ sections for details. 

RACGP CPD Activity points and IBCLC CERPS are being applied for. The RNZCGP accepts RACGP points.



You may want to join ABM (www.bfmed.org) before registering to receive the discounted conference rates. Follow us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ABMausnz to keep up-to-date with conference happenings.



Alison Stuebe


Helen Ball



Regular One Workshop Full conference Day Only One Workshop & Full Conference One Workshop & Day Rego Additional Workshop*
Member $270 $500 $295 $740 $540 $230
Non-member $310 $555 $325 $830 $600 $245
Student $170 $345 $195 $500 $335 $140


*Only available if you have already purchased a webinar package.


Registration costs

Conference registration enables the participant to attend the conference online on the 20th and/or 21st February and access pre-recorded and recorded live presentations until 31st May 2021. Workshops will not be recorded, although participants will have access to the pre-recorded presentations, and copies of the live presentations. Further information, including pre-readings will be forwarded to participants two weeks prior to the workshop.

Registrations for the conference will close on the 16th May, while registrations for the workshops will close on the 31st January.

CPD Points

RACGP Accredited Activity CPD points (workshops), RACGP CPD Activity points (conference) and IBCLC CERPS are being applied for. The RNZCGP accepts 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 www.bfmed.org or follow us on Facebook. You may wish to join ABM before registering for the conference to receive discounted conference registration.