GOLD Speakers

United Kingdom

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

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

Zainab Yate BSc, MSc (Medical Ethics & Law, Imperial College London) is a biomedical ethicist, independent researcher and campaigner, and published the first study looking specifically at breastfeeding/nursing aversion and agitation in 2017.

She has been a breastfeeding peer supporter with the NHS for a number of years and is author of the only resource site for mothers and healthcare practitioners on aversion (, where she researches and writes about aversion and why it arises. She has helped thousands of women 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.

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