Breast milk is a unique source of nutrition for babies and the benefits of breastfeeding on mother, baby, family and community health cannot be discussed. The World Health Organization recommends that all newborns be exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months and breastfeeding continues until the age of 2 years and beyond. Despite this, studies show that breastfeeding rates are not at the desired level in the world and in our country and point out that mothers should be supported more in breastfeeding. Supporting breastfeeding is a multidisciplinary issue with social and cultural dimensions. For this reason, it is very important that all professionals on the subject act together and speak the same language.

We are honoured and pleased to bring you together with a multidisciplinary perspective and to attend the 1st International Gulhane Breast Milk and Breastfeeding Congress, where we plan to talk about breast milk and breastfeeding in all aspects. While preparing our congress, we were inspired by the idea that midwives, due to their professional roles, should play a facilitating and unifying role for all those who work in the field of breastfeeding.

In the sessions where we will find the opportunity to meet with national and international experts, we aim to increase our cooperation, create a synergy among breastfeeding employees, gain different perspectives on breastfeeding and update our knowledge with pleasure, as well as sharing scientific information. In addition, while scientific sessions continue during our congress, we will organize “Meet the Expert” meetings where our breastfeeding women can participate and ask questions free of charge.

We hope to contribute to the health of the mother and baby, and we will be happy to see you among us to be one heart and one voice.

With sincere regards

Assoc. Prof. Nazan KARAHAN, Ph.D
Congress President
SBU Gülhane Health Science Faculty, Head of Department of Midwifery
President of Turkish Midwifery Association

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Congress Honorary President

Prof. Necmiye ÜN YILDIRIM

Congress President

Assoc. Prof. Nazan KARAHAN

Congress Scientific Secretaries

Asst. Prof. Meltem UĞURLU

Asst. Prof. Arzu KUL UÇTU

Lecturer Sebahat HÜSEYİNOĞLU

Congress Organizing Committee

Assoc. Prof. Nazan KARAHAN

SBU Gülhane HSF, Department of Midwifery

Assoc. Prof. Burcu YURTSAL

Turkish Association of Midwifery

Assoc. Prof. Nevra KOÇ

Gülhane HSF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Asst. Prof. Meltem UĞURLU

SBU Gülhane HSF, Department of Midwifery

Asst. Prof. Arzu KUL UÇTU

SBU Gülhane HSF, Department of Midwifery


Gülhane HSF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Gülhane HSF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Lecturer Sebahat HÜSEYİNOĞLU

SBU Gülhane HSF, Department of Midwifery

Lecturer Reyhan AYDIN DOĞAN

Turkish Association of Midwifery

Uzm. Ebe Nezide TOPUZ

Turkish Association of Midwifery

Uzm. Ebe Elif GEÇER

Turkish Association of Midwifery

Ebe Ebru ÇAKIR

Turkish Association of Midwifery

Scientific Committee

Prof. Ayden ÇOBAN ÖZKAN Prof. Necmiye ÜN YILDIRIM Assoc. Prof. Nevra KOÇ 
Prof. Ayla Gülden PEKCAN Prof. Nesrin SENBİL Assoc. Prof. Özhan ÖZDEMİR
Prof. Ayşe Ferda OCAKÇI Prof. Nevin ŞANLIER Assoc. Prof. Serap EJDER APAY
Prof. Canan TÜRKYILMAZ Prof. Nurcan YABANCI AYHAN Assoc. Prof. Tuba UÇAR
Prof. Dilek YILDIZ Prof. Özlem EVLİYAOĞLU BOZKURT Assoc. Prof. Yasemin AYDIN KARTAL
Prof. Elif GÜLER KAZANCI Prof. Özlem MORALOĞLU Assoc. Prof. Yeşim AKSOY DERYA
Prof. Emine İYİGÜN Prof. Saadet YAZICI Asst. Prof. Arzu KUL UÇTU
Prof. Emre KARAŞAHİN Prof. Sema YILMAZ Asst. Prof. Derya SULUHAN
Prof. Esin CEBER Prof. Turgay COŞKUN Asst. Prof. Dilek KONUKBAY
Prof. Füsun TERZİOĞLU Prof. Tülay YAVAN Asst. Prof. Emine YASSIBAŞ
Prof. Gülay RATHFISCH Prof. Yaprak ÜSTÜN Asst. Prof. Gönül KURT
Prof. Gülçin BOZKURT Prof. Yusuf ÜSTÜN Asst. Prof. Gülşah KÖK
Prof. Gülden KÖKSAL Prof. Zehra GÖLBAŞI Asst. Prof. Kübra TEL ADIGÜZEL
Prof. Güler CİMETE Prof. Zülfikar AKELMA Asst. Prof. Mahide DEMİRELÖZ AKYÜZ
Prof. Gülhan SAMUR Assoc. Prof. Ayşe KARAKOÇ Asst. Prof. Meltem UĞURLU
Prof. Güliz ONAT Assoc. Prof. Ayten TAŞPINAR Asst. Prof. Nilgün SEREMET KÜRKLÜ
Prof. Gülşen VURAL Assoc. Prof. Berna EREN FİDANCI Asst. Prof. Sine YILMAZ
Prof. Gülten GÜVENÇ Assoc. Prof. Burcu YURTSAL Asst. Prof. Tuğba KÜÇÜKKASAP CÖMERT
Prof. Gülümser DOLGUN Assoc. Prof. Fatma ELİBOL Dr. Dyt. Nükhet ÜNSAL
Prof. Hülya Gökmen ÖZEL Assoc. Prof. Gözde GÖKÇE İŞBİR Dr. Deniz GÜVEN
Prof. Mendane SAKA Assoc. Prof. İlknur M. GÖNENÇ Dr. Gülsen TOPAKTAŞ
Prof. Nebahat ÖZERDOĞAN Assoc. Prof. Nazan KARAHAN Dr. Yeliz ÇAKIR KOÇAK

Main Topics


Importance and effects of breastfeeding and its sociocultural dimension

Structure and content of breast milk

Psychology and hormonal interaction during breastfeeding

Preparing for breastfeeding during prenatal period

Factors affecting breastfeeding

Supporting breastfeeding in the birth and postpartum period

Breastfeeding in special cases of mother and baby

Breastfeeding rights

Evaluation of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding education

Breastfeeding counselling

Breastfeeding problems

Working mothers and breastfeeding problems

Milking and storage methods

Alternative and complementary methods to support breastfeeding

Breastfeeding drugs and environmental agents

The roles of healthcare professionals in effective breastfeeding

Nutrition in breastfeeding women

Breastfeeding and exercise

Breastfeeding and contraception

Breastfeeding and sexual life

Relactation and lactation induction

Stop breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and body perception

Different techniques and methods in breastfeeding education

Peer support in breastfeeding

Breast milk banks and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and starting supplementary food

Healthy lifestyle behaviours during breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and smoking addiction

Psychosocial problems and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and partner support

Abstract Submission


Abstract Submission Deadline: May 07, 2021


Abstracts should be prepared in English and Turkish.

Only the first letter of the abstract title should be in capital and it should be written in the order of the sentence. Abbreviation should not be used in the title of the paper.

Author's name and surname (title should not be written) and the institution where he / she works must be specified and their order must be paid attention.

The abstract text should not exceed 300 words for each language. This limitation includes the summary text, but does not include the title, author name, and keywords. In the abstract, information about the figures, tables and sources used should not be given.

Keywords should be at least three and at most five. Except for proper names, all keywords should be written in lower case and words should be separated from each other by commas.

Abstracts; It should contain "Introduction-Purpose", "Material-Method", "Results", "Conclusion" and "Keywords" subtitles.

The papers can be edited before they are sent to the referee, and the updates should not be uploaded as a new paper. Updates uploaded as a new notification will not be considered.

General Information


Congress Dates:

The 1st International Gülhane Breast Milk and Breastfeeding Congress will be held online between 18 - 20 June 2021.

Congress Language:

The official language of the congress is Turkish. During the scientific program; There will be simultaneous translation from English to Turkish.

Name & Password:

Each participant will log in to the platform with their own virtual platform ID and password.

Exhibition and Exhibition Area:

During the congress, medicine, medical equipment, technology companies, etc. They will be able to open a stand on the Online Platform in order to exhibit their products. Company representatives will be able to communicate with the participants both by writing and making a call. It is required to have a congress registration at the entrance to the exhibition areas.

Registration and Information:

You will be able to reach us live about your registration / participation and technical issues through the Virtual Platform and get instant answers to all your questions.

Invitation Letter:

An invitation letter will be sent to the participants who have completed the registration process, upon request. This invitation letter is only intended to help participants obtain permission from the institutions they are affiliated with, and will not provide any financial support to the participant.

Certificate of Attendance:

Participation certificates of all participants who register to the congress and log into the Digital Platform will be accessible digitally as of the first day of the congress.

Important Dates


Congress Start : June 18, 2021
Congress End : June 20, 2021
Abstract Submission Deadline : May 07, 2021
Early Bird Registration Deadline : May 16, 2021



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Scientific Secretariat

Turkish Association of Midwifery

Asst. Prof. Meltem UĞURLU
Asst. Prof. Arzu KUL UÇTU
Lecturer Sebahat HÜSEYİNOĞLU

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