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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“Creating Realistic Breastfeeding Expectations”

Annual Conference of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 2013

Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

The use of appropriate language for promoting and supporting breastfeeding and creating realistic breastfeeding expectations for both parents and health workers are the focus for the upcoming Annual ALCI Conference. 

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.

 

- The Conference will be opened by Ms Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.

- Barbara Wilson Clay, IBCLC, world renowned presenter, will speak on Guilt and Infant Feeding Choices; How Language Affects Expectations; Assessing Lactation Acuity: big problem or little problem?; Why is the Baby Sleepy?; and Why No Milk?

- Siobhan Hourigan, National Breastfeeding Coordinator and Mary O’Connor, IBCLC, will discuss Community breastfeeding initiatives for change and the introduction of a pilot community support programme in Kerry.

- Aileen Doyle, IBCLC and Mary O’Rourke will present findings from their recent research studies on practice related issues with breastfeeding in Ireland.

- Workshops on Saturday 5th October include topics such as the private IBCLC interacting with other health service providers (Nicola O Byrne, IBCLC); ending free formula in hospital (Dr. Genevieve Becker, IBCLC); choosing and using breast pumps (Ger Cahill, IBCLC); and assessing a feed/taking a history (facilitator to be confirmed), and Mary Mahon, IBCLC will facilitate a workshop on achieving and sustaining change in practice.

 

Conference participants are invited to submit research and practice posters for display, discussion and publication in the conference abstract book and awards.

The conference is approved for 12.25 (L & E) IBLCE CERPs and 5.5 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais) CEUs (Category 1, Course Groupings 4 and 9). INDI CPD Approval has been sought.

Handouts, lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee.

Early Bird rate (before Friday September 13th 2013) is €100 for members (for both days) or €60 (for one day) and €140 and €100 for non-members. There is a discount rate available for full-time students in relevant professions.

Booking forms are available here, and you can contact info@alcireland.ie or text 089 441 6497 for further information.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2013 – Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers

wbw2013-logo-h3World Breastfeeding Week took place recently, and this year’s theme “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers”, highlighted the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families.

Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions that new families make. Evidence is clear that breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed an infant. Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrhoeal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

Despite most mothers wanting to breastfeed, many are met with multiple and complex barriers that keep them from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Support and encouragement from all angles can make success possible for mothers who wish to breastfeed. Negative attitudes and practices of the mother’s closest support network can pose a sizeable barrier, making it difficult for mothers and babies to successfully breastfeed. “Learning how to breastfeed takes time and patience for new mothers and infants. It is important to remember that families, friends, healthcare providers, employers, childcare providers, communities, and even the media play a crucial role in mother’s overall success with breastfeeding,” said Margaret Murphy, President of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland.

Appropriate breastfeeding support can build a mother’s confidence with breastfeeding. It is critical that breastfeeding families be supported by their community. This support can be expressed by healthcare providers adopting policies and practices that assume breastfeeding as the normal feeding method for infants, by employers providing a private place and flexible work options to express breastmilk during the work day, or by childcare providers talking to new families about how they support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding peer counsellors, mother-to-mother support groups, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certificants work in communities and can provide a wealth of knowledge to breastfeeding families.

An IBCLC is a certified healthcare professional with special knowledge and experience assisting breastfeeding families. The IBCLC can work in a variety of environments from hospitals to private practice to community health settings. Many work with employers and businesses to help establish worksite lactation support programs. Mothers can also find a local IBCLC to help them with breastfeeding questions and concerns by visiting the “Find a Lactation Consultant” Directory here on the ALCI website.

World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated globally by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

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Keynote Speaker for ALCI Conference 2013 – Linda Smith

Linsa SmithLinda Smith MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA, is confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 ALCI Conference. Linda is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, author, and internationally-known consultant on breastfeeding and birthing issues. Linda is ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organisation’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and consultant to INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. As a former La Leche League Leader and Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator, she provided education and support to diverse families over 35 years. Linda was a founder of IBLCE, founder and past board member of ILCA, and is a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee from the American Breastfeeding Institute. She owns the Bright Future Lactation Resource Center, whose mission is “Supporting the People who Support Breastfeeding” with lactation education programs, consulting services, and educational resources.

This theme of this two day ALCI Conference is ‘Creating Realistic Breastfeeding Expectations’ and it will take place in the Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin on October 4th and 5th 2013.

Further detail will be available here.

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