ALCI Members Only Study Day 2017

The 2017 ALCI Members Only Study Day took place at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and was attended by 135 delegates, including 8 council members and 4 speakers.

The Study Day was opened by Professor Cecily Begley from Trinity College Dublin, who presented initial findings from the ‘Maternal Health and Postnatal Problems in First-Time Mothers In Ireland’ (MAMMI) study. This longitudinal study focuses on the physical and mental health of first time mothers during their pregnancy and in the first year post-partum. Prof. Begley presented some very interesting statistics, all of which seemed to point to a lack of awareness among healthcare professionals  of the extent of issues such as urinary incontinence, pelvic girdle pain, stress/depression, sexual health problems and domestic violence. Further information on the MAMMI study is available at

The keynote speaker for the day was Dr. Wendy Jones, pharmacist and founding member of the Breastfeeding Network (BfN) UK and the ‘Drugs in Breastmilk’ National Telephone Helpline. Dr. Jones gave two very informative presentations, ‘The Effects of Medications Used Intrapartum on Breastfeeding’ and ‘Perinatal Mental Health Issues in the Breastfeeding Mother’.

In the afternoon Clinical Midwife Specialist and IBCLC Margaret O’Leary, from UMHL, gave a very engaging and interesting talk on supporting breastfeeding during the hospital stay. The key messages of her presentation were that the more feeding a baby does on day one the better, mothers should know the difference between sucking and swallowing and should get timely, hands-on support to get their baby feeding when there is an issue.

Others speakers were Fiona Rea IBCLC who presented a ‘nugget’ on the benefits of doula support during labour, and Kathy Cleere IBCLC who explained how hypobirthing can be used by a mother during labour to help her feel calm, relaxed, confident and in control.

Presentations were made to outgoing ALCI Council members, Nicola O’Byrne IBCLC (outgoing ALCI president), Meabh Ann McNamara IBCLC, Amanda Glynn IBCLC, Eimear O’Connor IBCLC and Nuria Taisies, who were thanked for all the work they have done for the organisation. During the AGM, Sue Jameson IBCLC was formally elected to the role of President and Caoimhe Whelan IBCLC and Niamh Lohan PHN IBCLC were elected to Council.

ALCI would like to thank everyone who attended, the speakers on the day and in particular The Coombe Hospital for hosting the event.