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ALCI All Ireland Breastfeeding Conference 2021

The Association of Lactation Consultants of Ireland (ALCI) will be hosting its annual Conference online this year, to enable members to update their knowledge and skills while staying apart to stay safe. The Conference will be live on Saturday 2nd October and is open to members and non members alike. There is a fantastic line up of speakers including keynotes speaker Cathy Watson Genna and Dr. Jenny Thomas.


Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants 3rd edition (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2017) as well as professional journal articles. Catherine is still a La Leche League Leader, supporting new Leaders in Queens. Catherine was the founding Associate Editor for the United States Lactation Consultant Association journal Clinical Lactation’s first 7 years.


Dr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received her MD from MCW in 1993, and her MPH in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003. She is now serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators.   She is the author  of  “Dr. Jen’s Guide to Breastfeeding.”     She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Dr. Thomas’ interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.


There will be many other Irish speakers, who will be confirmed shortly. During the event, participants will be welcome to submit questions and time will be allocated at the end of each session for answers. The Conference will be recorded and made available for a further period for delegates to watch.


ALCI are proud to be offering online education to members, while staying apart to stay safe. The Conference costs €35 for members, €25 for members over the age of 65, €25 for fulltime undergraduate students and €65 for non members (please ensure you pay the correct rate or the application cannot be processed).   New memberships are welcome  with membership lasting until January 31st 2022. Email info@alcireland.ie with any queries. Book your place here.

Further Reading


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