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Special Issue *Summer Newsletter* 2016
RCPCH Sponsorship by Formula Milk Manufacturers

For me, nothing evokes as visceral a response as a baby crying from hunger. As a proudly formula-fed baby of the generation "bottle is best" , not to mention the first of my siblings and close friends to become a mother- I remember the immense trepidation I felt when the time came to breastfeed my eldest. The first few days were difficult - but the Mancunian midwife refused to give up on the scrappy baby and her bewildered junior paediatrician mother. Every day for two weeks (weekends included), either the midwife, the lactation specialist or the midwifery assistant visited our hospital accommodation on the boundary of Boggart Hole Clough. And when I returned to full-time work when my daughter was 4 weeks old (let's not discuss the vagaries of the Home Office at this time!) the breastfeeding Room with special fridge and comfy chair ensured that my daughter managed to get breastmilk for much longer than I ever imagined.

As you receive today's newsletter, those of you who are members of the RCPCH would also have received your invitation to vote in the Formula Milk consultation. whilst we wait for the post carrying our voting codes to catch up with email, I invite you to read our lead blog outlining one position on this topic. Let us think carefully of the role of the RCPCH in promoting child health and where its association with Formula milk manufacturers fits within the college's professed ethos.

Lead Blog

I also challenge you to spread the word far and wide. Possibly, we should also reflect on why such a pivotal consultation is being carried out in the height of summer; with closing date early in September. 


BACAPH is you, me, and all of us
working together for child health!

We welcome all our new members. It's great to meet you and to have you share in our commitment to child and adolescent public health.
We especially want to thank those who responded to our call to join the executive.
Want to get involved? – contact us

 BACAPH  is invited to respond to many upcoming consultations. Contact us at if you would like to work with us on any of these. Forthcoming consultations include those listed below -:

August 2016

Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing – Draft standard

NICE transition from children's to adults' services – Draft standard- open for response from 25/07/16 to 22/08/16 
September 2016
Maternal health: promoting maternal health through community based strategies - Draft standard
Vaccine uptake in under 19's - Draft standard

BACAPH at the BACCH conference – ASM to be held on 15-16 September 2016 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle. BACAPH will be hosting one of the workshops. Join us as we look at the application of life course frameworks to service design.

We are actively looking for new members to contribute to the agenda of promoting child and adolescent public health. Membership is open to all professionals who work with children and young people. We actively seek members from all 4 nations of the UK.
Join us: £25.00 per year.
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We are updating our website and mobile platform. Help us develop our training pages and resources . Let us know of any interesting links to e-learning or training resources that we will share with the membership. Tell us which resources will be most useful. Let's work together to shape BACAPH.


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