“Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life”

This week the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) celebrates 22 years of coordinating World Breastfeeding Week (1st-7th August).

Here are the goals of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week:

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The slogan for World Breastfeeding Week 2014 is BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal – for Life!  Breastfeeding is linked to all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The WBW theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding – in the current MDGs countdown, the post 2015 agenda and beyond.

Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: it is a vital Life-Saving Goal! 

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Invitation to Tender for ALCI Website

AimagesLCI are currently seeking tenders for a new website.

ALCI Website Tender June 2014

 

 

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ALCI Celebrates 33rd Anniversary of the WHO Code

pizap.com14005247379661Wednesday 21st of May marks the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the World Health Organization International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland upholds the Code in all of its actions, and joined in the worldwide celebration of the anniversary using social media.

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ALCI’s Successful Spring Study Day

The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland recently held an informative educational event in University Maternity Hospital, Limerick for ALCI members.

Prsenting on the day were Nicola O’Byrne IBCLC, Deirdre Kennedy Cranio-Sacral Therapist and Prof. Fenton ENT Specialist with experience in treating tongue tie.

A successful Annual General Meeting was held in the middle of the day, and ALCI members, new and returning, had a chance to hear about ALCI’s progress during the previous year and air their views on the future.

Details will be here soon about the upcoming Annual Conference, which will be in the greater Dublin area. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

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Staff Member Attendance At Company Funded Events

OccBFHealthI Ire logo 2013asionally, health workers receive invitations to attend a conference outside of Ireland, with a formula company paying all expenses. Here is the response of Genevieve Becker, National Coordinator of the Baby Friendly Initiative in Ireland, to this issue.

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ALCI Spring Study Day 2014

Tongue tie is growing in awareness as an important breastfeeding issue, but did you know that there are many ways of approaching it and babies may have a variety of oral issues that may impact on breastfeeding? Are you interested in attending a Lactation Education Study Day, to learn about recent research and personal experiences with oral and physical issues of the breastfeeding baby? If so, consider attending the upcoming ALCI Members Only Spring Study Day 2014.

Assessing The Breastfeeding Baby With A Focus On Sucking Skills, CST Evaluation And Treatment Of Feeding-Bonding And Beyond, A Procedural Approach To Resolving Breastfeeding Difficulties and Personal Experience with Neonatal Tongue Tie are the topics which will be covered by three speakers on the day; Nicola O’Byrne IBCLC, Deirdre Kennedy Cranio-Sacral Therapist and Prof. Fenton ENT Specialist with experience in treating tongue tie.

The Study Day is taking place on Saturday March 29th 2014 in the Parent Education Centre, University Maternity Hospital, Ennis Road, Limerick. This is an ALCI Members Only Event, and anyone interested in attending is welcome to join ALCI.

ALCI promotes the professional development, advancement and recognition of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) for the benefit of breastfeeding infants and children, mothers, families, and the wider community. IBCLCs have extensive training through coursework and clinical practice hours, and they have passed an internationally recognised exam. Because of their training and required continuing education programmes, education and in research, IBCLCs are knowledgeable about evidence-based practices and experienced in managing a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations.

Any queries can be directed to info@alcireland.ie.

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IBCLC Day 2014: Honouring the Ways IBCLCs Help Families

IBCLCDaySocialMedia2Today (Wednesday March 5th 2014) is the annual IBCLC Day, and the membership of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland (ALCI) is delighted to celebrate this event with friends and colleagues worldwide.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are healthcare professionals with expertise related to breastfeeding. The first IBCLC Day was celebrated in August 2002 and was started by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) to recognise and celebrate the value of IBCLCs. Each year, a different theme is chosen to celebrate the many and varied ways that IBCLCs support breastfeeding babies and mothers. This year’s theme is “Honouring the Ways that IBCLCs Help Families” encourages everyone to take a moment to share their gratitude for IBCLCs.

In order to become certified, all IBCLCs have extensive training through coursework and clinical practice hours, and they have passed an internationally recognised exam. Because of their training and required continuing education, IBCLCs are knowledgeable about evidence-based practices and experienced in managing a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations. They provide information and discuss queries during pregnancy, help mothers establish breastfeeding, and provide assistance with any challenges that may occur. IBCLCs also train other health workers, educators, policy makers and others so that they may support breastfeeding.

IBCLCDaySocialMedia1According to Megs Murphy IBCLC, President of ALCI, “Parents can be overwhelmed by the many sources of information on breastfeeding, some of which may be conflicting. An IBCLC has the expertise to provide parents with accurate, evidence-based information specific to their needs.”

As allied health care professionals with the only internationally-recognised credential for professional lactation services, IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, private practice, community settings, health promotion programmes, education and in research. Pregnant women, parents and health workers can find an IBCLC who is working in Private Practice in Ireland here.

There are nearly 200 IBCLCs currently certified in Ireland and more than 26,000 IBCLC certificants in 94 countries worldwide. The IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®), which is accredited by the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland (ALCI) is an affiliate of The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and promotes the professional development, advancement and recognition of International Board CertifIBCLCDaySocialMedia3ied Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) for the benefit of breastfeeding infants and children, mothers, families and the wider community. Contact ALCI at info@alcireland.ie

As part of ALCI’s celebrations this March, there will be a study day for members in Limerick entitled “Oral & Physical Assessment – A Team Approach”. Anyone interested in attending is welcome to join ALCI and attend.

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New Membership Year For ALCI

Join-Today-ButtonFebruary 28th sees the start of the next membership year for ALCI. If you are interested in joining ALCI, you can download a membership form here. If you are an existing member of ALCI, you can download a membership renewal form here.

As part of your ALCI membership:

If you are an IBCLC, or become one:

  • you can be listed in the Private Practice Directory, available on the website for mothers who are seeking Lactation Consultancy.
  • be listed in the ‘Speakers Directory’, which is available to members of the public who are seeking a speaker on breastfeeding topics,
  • advertise any course or class for those who wish to become Lactation Consultants in ALCI’s ‘Directory of Education’.

ALCI’s Spring Event (Saturday March 29th, University Maternity Hospital) is for ALCI members only – yet another benefit of joining or renewing your membership.

 For any questions, email info@alcireland.ie

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ALCI Conference Hailed A Great Success

IMG_0749The recent Annual Conference of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland was opened  by Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., and Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, pictured here with  (from left to right) ALCI President Margaret Murphy IBCLC, Keynote Speaker Barbara Wilson Clay, IBCLC, Minister Frances Fitzgerald and ALCI Vice President Meabh Anne McNamara IBCLC.

In her opening address Minister Fitzgerald thanked the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) community for the work they do in supporting breastfeeding in Ireland. She highlighted the valuable contribution Lactation Consultants make to the health of the nation’s children. She cited in particular the emerging evidence from the Growing Up in Ireland Survey and the benefits of breastfeeding in combating childhood obesity. She encouraged IBCLCs (as strategic, key stakeholders) to become involved in government policy development, particularly in formulating the Early Childhood Strategy.

With 10 plenary presentations and 3 workshops, over 2 days, plus research posters, networking, new product information and much more, the ALCI Annual Conference proved to be the premier event for health workers involved in assisting and promoting breastfeeding in Ireland.

See Barbara Wilson Clay and ALCI President Margaret Murphy speaking on Ireland AM 3rd Oct 2013.

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Register before Friday Sept 20th to SAVE €20 at the Annual ALCI Conference

Creating Realistic Breastfeeding Expectations”
Annual Conference of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland.
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 2013
in the Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

EARLY BIRD RATE EXTENDED UNTIL 20TH SEPTEMBER 2013!

Workshops are filling fast – register NOW to get your first choices

Special rate B& B in the hotel with triple rooms for an even better deal

Conference is about networking too. After the sessions on Friday enjoy a chat in the special interest groups: CMS-Lactation, IBCLCs in Private Practice, Primary Care, Paediatric, Education and others, or spend some time in the leisure centre.
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Then attend the free Friday social evening: Comedienne Rose Henderson (pictured here on the right) on mothers and breastfeeding plus Fit to Bust talent, silly games and plenty of time to meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends.

With 10 plenary presentations and 3 workshops over 2 days plus research posters, networking, new product information and much more, the ALCI Annual Conference is the premier event for health workers involved in assisting breastfeeding in Ireland.

Register NOW and don’t miss out

Click here for a Booking Form, and further information is available from  info@alcireland.ie  or text 089 441 6497

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