2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Association of Lactation Consultants of Ireland (ALCI), and this year’s conference will be an extra special one to celebrate! The Annual All Ireland Conference will take place on Friday 27thand Saturday 28th September at the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel, Co. Limerick. The date, as usual, coincides with National Breastfeeding Week and this year’s keynote speaker is renowned international speaker and author Kay Hoover. Booking is open now and timetable is here.
Kay worked as a lactation consultant in private practice, as well as for the Philadelphia Department of Health, for The Pennsylvania State University, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and at many hospitals. She currently works at a small community hospital. She has presented workshops internationally and is a co-author of The Breastfeeding Atlas.
Other speakers at the conference on Friday will include Dr. Denise O’Brien and Dr. Tanya Cassidy. There will be workshops on topics such as mastitis, induced lactation, colostrum harvesting, private practice, GDPR and tongue tie. Friday will also include a party to celebrate ALCI’s 30th Anniversary. On Saturday, there is another full line-up including Dr. Lenore Goldfarb IBCLC and Dr. Elizabeth McCarthy Quinn IBCLC.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee. The (early bird) prices are €135 for ALCI members (for both days) or €95 (for one day) and €185 for non-members (for both days) and €145 for non-members (for one day). Full-time undergraduate students, in relevant professions, may register for a fee of €40 per day. This year we have a special discount for members who are over 65 (please contact ALCI for details). 10 IBLCE CERPs have been awarded and NMBI CMUs have been applied for.
As part of the conference, two Annual Scholarships will be awarded to help first-time IBLCE candidates, and a third scholarship will be awarded to a member who is re-certifying. Information is available here.
Conference participants are invited to submit research and practice posters for display, discussion, and awards. Information is available here.
With 8 plenary presentations,9 workshops and a few surprise ‘nuggets’ over the 2 days, plus research posters, networking, new product information, craft stalls and much more, the ALCI Annual Conference is the premier event for health workers and volunteers involved in assisting breastfeeding families in Ireland.