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Seminar Series

We’re thrilled to bring you another great schedule of seminar presentations daily!

This year, Pinky McKay will be taking the Melbourne Stage TWICE a day, offering gentle options to encourage infant settling and sleep as well as sharing her top tips on toddler tactics. Child Revive will provide an overview of treating choking emergencies at home and more.

Daily Timetable Timing
Hey Duggee 10:00am-10:25am
Pinky McKay – Sleep, Love & Your Baby’s Brain 10:35am-11:15am
Australian Breastfeeding Association – Breastfeeding Information Session 11:25am-11:50am
Wattle Health 12:00pm-12:20pm
Hey Duggee 12:30pm-12:55pm
Red Nose – Safe Sleeping 1:05pm-1:30pm
Child Revive – Managing a Choking Emergency at Home 1:40pm-2:05pm
Pinky McKay – Toddler Tactics 2:15pm-3:05pm

*Timetable subject to change

Pinky McKay

Pinky McKay is Australia’s most recognized and respected breastfeeding expert and gentle parenting advocate.

She’s an IBCLC lactation consultant, mum of five and best-selling author of ‘Parenting by Heart’, ‘Sleeping Like a Baby’, ‘100 Ways to Calm the Crying’ and ‘Toddler Tactics’ (Penguin Random House). Pinky’s books are endorsed by La Leche League International and The Australian Breastfeeding Association and are recommended by The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health in their policy statement on Controlled Crying.

Pinky is also the creator of Boobie Bikkies, all natural and organic cookies to help nourish breastfeeding mothers and encourage a healthy milk supply.

She is an expert source for media appearing regularly on major network TV and quoted in various publications.

Australian Breastfeeding Association – Breastfeeding Information Session

Learn about the basics of breastfeeding in the early days at this informative session designed to help new parents get off to a great start. During pregnancy, expectant parents are naturally very focused on the birth but it is important to learn as much as possible about breastfeeding before your baby arrives – there is not much learning time between the birth and the first feed!

Presented by experienced breastfeeding counselors from the Australian Breastfeeding Association, this informative session covers how breastfeeding works, milk supply and where to find support.  You can also find out about booking in to one of our comprehensive Breastfeeding Education Classes for expectant parents.

Red Nose – Safe Sleeping

Babies and young children spend a lot of their time sleeping, so it’s vital they are slept in a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.

Red Nose provides evidence-based community education programs and supports world class research. Since introducing the Sleep Safe My Baby public health program in 1990 we have reduced the risk of SIDS and sleeping accidents in Australia by 80%. There is no rulebook for parents and carers. But there are facts. And that’s the only thing we are interested in.

Child Revive

Infants and children spend a lot of their day eating and unfortunately this is the most common cause of choking for them. Seeing a child choke can create panic in any parent however, it is vital that parents are able to immediately take action to assist their child in this potentially life-threatening emergency and use strategies that have proven effectiveness and are recommended by the Australian Resuscitation Council.

This session will be presented by Child Revive First Aid and one of their highly experienced Paramedic or Paediatric Nurse instructors will show how to effectively respond in such an emergency.

Both the infant and child manikins will be used in this session to assist you in learning how to:

  • Identify the airway obstruction as either partial or complete
  • Assist an infant/child to clear a partial airway obstruction
  • Clear a complete airway obstruction in an infant/child
  • Minimise the risk of choking

Child Revive First Aid aims to empower every person who cares for a child with the confidence and skills of Parent First Aid. The team from Child Revive First Aid will be available at their stand in the Advice Hub for any further advice or information during the Show. They will also be conducting 90-minute Parent First Aid courses at the Show which bookings and payment are essential (for further information click here).

Wattle Health – Jo Ryan

Author, BabyBliss founder, and registered nurse of almost 20 years, Jo Ryan is an expert in baby and infant care. Jo’s philosophy of assisting parents within their own environments to suit their individual lifestyles has helped countless of parents become more confident in handling their children and feel more secure with establishing new routines.

At the Show, Jo will share expert advice on a range of issues related to babies’ sleep, settling, feeding and development. She will also discuss ways in which parents can seek support and resources to help reduce the stress and anxiety that comes along with early parenting.