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ALCI Spring Study Day 2015

SPring Study Day 15 imageBreastfeeding and herbal medicine, promoting responsive parenting, preparing a literature review and critical appraisal are the topics which will be covered in the upcoming ALCI Members Only Spring Study Day at the Nurses Home of the University Hospital Galway on Saturday 28th of February 2015.
Speakers will include Prof. Declan Devane, Margaret Murphy IBCLC, Dr. Dilis Clare and Sue Jameson IBCLC.
This year’s Spring Study Day conveniently coincides with the ALCI Membership Renewal date (Saturday 28th February 2015) and new or existing members must join/renew for ’15-’16 in order to attend. For your convenience both can be done together online. An exception is made for staff / students of Galway University Hospital, who are welcome to attend without becoming members.
The ALCI AGM also takes place as part of the day. The fee for the day is € 15 if delegates register before February 18th (and € 20 thereafter), which includes lunch. 4.5 CERPs and An Bord Altranais approval have been applied for. Places are limited for this event, and must be pre-registered and pre-paid. If you are unable to attend, a full refund will be made if 48 hours notice is given, or another member may attend in your place.
Do you have a friend or colleague interested in attending? Please spread the word! If they wish to join ALCI and attend the event, they can do so here.

Celebrating 25 Years Making A Difference In Ireland

25yearsThis year’s ALCI Conference was an extra special one, as it was the 25th Anniversary of both ALCI and of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in Ireland.


0008aa1d-440The Conference was opened by Writer and Journalist Victoria White, whose address was both funny and thought provoking.

Outgoing ALCI President Margaret Murphy IBCLC took the opportunity to officially launch this, the new ALCI website, and the new logo.


She made a presentation of a bronze motherhood figurine to longest serving IBCLCs Sue Jameson and Genevieve Becker, who were founding members of ALCI and have been IBCLCs for 25 years.


Margaret then became the recipient of a gift, as incoming ALCI 10320972_875427285803715_4529633156847174361_oPresident Meabh Anne McNamara IBCLC made her a presentation of the traditional ALCI Council Retirement gift, which is a beautiful canvas with a mother and infant image.


The education sessions began then, with Keynote Speaker Denise Altman IBCLC taking to the podium.  She was joined by many other presenters over the two days including Lorraine O’Hagan IBCLC, Dr. Roy Philip, Siobhan Hourigan (National Breastfeeding Co-Ordinator) Ger Cahill IBCLC and Nicola O’Byrne IBCLC. Saturday also saw the ALCI conference once again hosting the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge.


Friday night saw a party in the hotel with past and current ALCI members and supporters enjoying a hilarious table quiz, and a beautiful birthday cake for ALCI . blowing out can


Happy birthday ALCI!

Victoria White to Officially Open ALCI Conference


ALCI are delighted to announce that renowned Irish journalist Victoria White will be officially opening the All Ireland Breastfeeding Conference, and launching ALCI’s new logo and website. Victoria, a writer and journalist, was born in Dublin. Educated at Trinity College Dublin, she has published Raving Autumn (short stories) and Mother Ireland. Victoria’s career in journalism with The Irish Times culminated in five years as arts editor.  She resigned from that newspaper in 2002 to concentrate on writing and raising her four children.  She is an activist for action against climate change and a founder member of Dublin Friends of the Earth. Victoria has written many recent features about breastfeeding including “The truth about formula saving babies’ live “, “The health system and the baby formula firms are feeding off mums’ guilt” and “Breast is best and it’s time we embraced that“. There are still spaces available at the Conference so book now!


ALCI All Ireland Breastfeeding Conference

25 years ago, the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland (ALCI) was founded, concurrent with the qualification of the first Irish International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). ALCI are delighted to be celebrating this anniversary with an All Ireland Breastfeeding Conference themed “Celebrating 25 Years of IBCLCs Making A Difference”. The conference takes place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October, in the middle of National Breastfeeding Week (October 1st to 7th), in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley. Dublin. The timetable is available here.


The Keynote Speaker will be Denise Altman IBCLC, owner of All The Best in Columbia, South Carolina. She has worked in a variety of roles in the healthcare system from staff nurse to clinical educator, with experience in Maternal/Child Health since 1992. She has authored numerous articles for parents and healthcare professionals, as well as two medical textbooks, “History and Assessment: It’s All in the Details” and “Mentoring Our Future”. Denise has served on the Editorial Review Board for Clinical Lactation since the first issue in 2010. At the ALCI Conference, Denise will speak on topics including “History and Assessment”, “The Complicated Mother”, “Passion to Ashes: Burning Out and Burning Up”’, “Baby Issues that Impact Breastfeeding” and “Mentoring Our Future”.


Other speakers will include Prof. Roy Philips, Lorraine O’Hagan IBCLC and Siobhán Hourigan (National Breastfeeding Coordinator). Sue Jameson IBCLC and Genevieve Becker IBCLC, both of whom became IBCLCs 25 years ago, will also speak. There will be three workshops on Saturday, facilitated by Nicola O’Byrne IBCLC, Denise Altman IBCLC and Ger Cahill IBCLC, and each delegate will partake in each one. The Conference will once again be a venue for the Quintessence Challenge, and any breastfeeding mothers present are welcome to partake.


As part of ALCI’s 25th anniversary celebrations, this new website and logo have been designed.  The website will be officially launched at the conference, and this year for the first time, conference bookings can be made online. Be sure to book by Wednesday 24th September 2014 to avail of Early Bird Rates. Handouts, lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee which is €110 for ALCI members (for both days) or €70 (for one day) and €160 for non-members (for both days) and €120 for non-members (for one day). Why not join ALCI now to avail of the discount? Full-time undergraduate students in relevant professions may register for a fee of €45. IBCLE CERPs and An Bord Altranais CMUs have been applied for.


As part of ALCI’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, an annual Scholarship has been launched to help first-time IBCLCs. Conference participants are invited to submit research and practice posters  for display, discussion, and award.


All delegates, members of ALCI, past members of ALCI, and family members are welcome to a social event on Friday 3rd October in the Clarion Hotel at 8pm.  This evening will be a lovely opportunity to mingle and relax and to celebrate 25 years of IBCLCs Making A Difference! The event is free, but please RSVP (either via the website if you are attending the conference, or email if you wish to attend the social event without attending the conference).


With 8 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.


Book online today!

“Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life”

“Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life”

This year the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) celebrates 22 years of coordinating World Breastfeeding Week which takes place from 1st-7th August.


Here are the goals of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week:




The slogan for World Breastfeeding Week 2014 is BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal – for Life! Breastfeeding is linked to all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The WBW theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding – in the current MDGs countdown, the post 2015 agenda and beyond.


Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: it is a vital Life-Saving Goal!




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.

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.