GOLD Speakers

United Kingdom

Zainab Yate, Author, MSc, BSc, Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

  • Speaker Type: Lactation and Adversity: Addressing Challenges with Confidence Lecture Pack
  • Country: United Kingdom

Zainab Yate BSc, MSc (Medical Ethics & Law, Imperial College London, UK) is a biomedical ethicist, independent researcher and campaigner. She published the first peer-reviewed study looking specifically at breastfeeding/nursing aversion and agitation in 2017. Zainab is the leading international expert in Aversion and has recently published the only book on the topic with specialist publishers Pinter & Martin, London.

Zainab has been a breastfeeding peer supporter with the NHS for a number of years and is the owner of the only resource site for mothers and healthcare practitioners on aversion (, where she researches and writes about aversion and why it arises. Zainab has helped thousands of women and families when breastfeeding triggers negative emotions, both Aversion and Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex, through her free structured support course and peer-to-peer support group online.

With a working background in public health and commissioning within the National Health Service (NHS), Zainab is currently vice-chair and named qualitative lead of the North London Research Ethics Committee, with the Health Research Authority (HRA) in the UK. Zainab is also a member of the King's College London Research Ethics, Governance Policy & Integrity Committee (KCL). In both roles, Zainab is a breastfeeding advocate and infant feeding research ethics expert for the committees.