ALCI Attends Reception at Áras an Uachtaráin

14543707_1309582015721571_4877222370649048807_o-2In September, ALCI were thrilled to be part of a special reception in Áras an Uachtaráin in celebration of National Breastfeeding Week.

The reception, which was hosted by Sabina Higgins, included a ‘Latching on’ morning and involved representatives, mothers and babies from ALCI, Cuidiú, La Leche League, Friends of Breastfeeding, Association for Improvement in the Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS)  and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

 

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(Photo on right with thanks to Maxwell Photography)

 

 

Addressing a room filled with happy mothers and babies, Sabina spoke about her own experiences as a breastfeeding mother and emphasised the importance of breastfeeding to life long health. Sabina remarked that it was wonderful to see IBCLCs represented at the event, adding that there was a big need for more Lactation Consultants.

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Nicola O’Byrne, ALCI President gave a short speech about ALCI and IBCLCs in Ireland. She stressed the importance of role models such as Mary Robinson and Sabina Higgins. Nicola also expressed her building hope that attitudes towards breastfeeding in Ireland are changing.  Ciara Butler, Vice-President, Meabh-Ann McNamara, Past President and Eimear O’Connor, ALCI secretary also accompanied Nicola to the reception at the Aras.

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(Photo on right with thanks to Maxwell Photography)