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ALCI Welcomes Recent ERSI Report

The ERSI Perinatal Statistics Report for 2011 was released on the 20th December 2012. It had some good news on breastfeeding and reported that 55% of babies recorded any breastfeeding in 2011, compared to 51% in 2007 and 44% in 2002. A reported 47% of babies were exclusively breastfed, compared to 45% in 2007 and 41% in 2002. The rising rate of breastfeeding provide a healthy start for babies, aid long term health, and reduces national health care costs.


The report found that breastfeeding was more common than artificial feeding amongst mothers aged between 25 years or more, with the highest proportion of breastfeeding mothers in the 30–34 year age group, of whom 50.2 % reported that they were breastfeeding.   The rise in breastfeeding in Ireland may be attributable to the increased population of non-Irish mothers who are more likely to breastfeed. Babies of Irish-born mothers and mothers under 25 years of age were reported in the 2011 statistics as least likely to be breastfeeding highlighting the major influence of the mother’s cultural and social background. Greater availability and access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) would assist in meeting the need for on-going support and promotion of breastfeeding in these mothers. Increased recognition of the importance of breastfeeding support in the early days combined with interaction between breastfeeding support organisations and the Health Service could help increase rates across the board.


An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a globally recognised qualification that identifies a member of the health care team who has acquired specialist skill, made an in depth study of breastfeeding and passed an international exam. IBCLCs work to promote, support and protect breastfeeding. The over 170 current International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in Ireland have played a key role in the increase in breastfeeding rates. IBCLCs work in hospitals, community health services, education, private practice and national health promotion programmes. They work individually with mothers and groups as well as in training other health professionals and in policy implementation. Contact with an IBCLC can often be instrumental in getting breastfeeding off to a good start and can help mothers who may be having difficulties to solve them and continue breastfeeding.

Urge the WHO to cut ties with Nestle: Our Mothers and Babies Are Worth it!

The Pan-American office of the World Health Organisation recently changed its policy regarding contributions from industry and has accepted $150,000 from Nestle.


Nestle is known worldwide as a violator of the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes. An international petition has been circulating to urge the Pan American office of the WHO to return the money and to keep the entire WHO true to its mission.


You can sign the petition in seconds (anonymously if you like) by clicking on this link:


The petition has only been in circulation for a few days and it is literally spreading like wildfire.Let’s make sure Ireland’s voice is heard!


If YOU Don’t Advocate for Mothers & Babies, Who Will?

Good Health Begins with Breastfeeding

Good Health Begins with BreastfeedingNational Breastfeeding Week 2012 took place from the 1st to the 7th October. This is the end of calendar week 40 of each year and symbolizes the start of a new relationship between mother and child, the beginning of the Breastfeeding journey. The theme of this year’s National Breastfeeding Week was ‘Good Health Begins with Breastfeeding’.


International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are the gold standard in Lactation care and members of Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland (ALCI) practice to the highest standards thus assuring mothers in their care of a professional, competent and caring relationship that goes way beyond infant feeding. They are skilled supporters, working in both Health Care settings and Privately in the Community.


The Annual Conference of the Association of Lactation Consultants took place on Saturday 29th of September, and began this special week of Events, both Educational and Social, across the Country. The keynote speaker was Dr. Suzanne Colson, who presented on ‘Biological Nurturing’. More details on the next ALCI event will be available here shortly.

ALCI Conference – A Venue For The Quintessence Challenge

ALCI is delighted to announce that the upcoming Annual Conference (29th September) in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, is a registered venue for this year’s Friends of Breastfeeding Ireland Quintessence Challenge. Email to get a Booking Form for the Conference, and partake in the challenge during the morning.


The Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge takes place all over the world on September 29th. At last year’s Challenge, 400 children breastfed simultaneously in Ireland, winning Ireland second place worldwide.


This is the third year that Ireland has participated in the Challenge, and the organisers hope that it will raise public awareness of the need for information and support for breastfeeding families. ‘Latch on’ will take place at 11 am at many different venues all over Ireland, and any breastfeeding mother who attends the ALCI Conference will be facilitated in participating.  Email for booking form.

“Breastfeeding Research into Clinical Practice”

Enabling Biological Nurturing, what are the consequences of not breastfeeding, and where breastfeeding is going in Ireland are among the topics at “Breastfeeding Research into Clinical Practice” the Annual Conference of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland on Saturday September 29th 2012 in the GlenroyAnnual Conferenceal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.


Dr. Suzanne Colson is co-founder of The Nurturing Project, an organisation disseminating Biological Nurturing research and an honorary senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Dr Colson has 35 years’ experience supporting breastfeeding in hospital and community settings and will present three sessions.


Findings from The Growing Up In Ireland Study: The Consequences Of Not Breastfeeding by Dr. Richard Layte, Research Professor ESRI & Adjunct Professor, TCD.


Ms. Siobhán Hourigan, National Breastfeeding Coordinator, will discuss Breastfeeding in Ireland – Where we are and where we’re going.


Ms. Rebecca O Donovan, Dr. Genevieve Becker and Ms. Mary Mahon will present findings from their recent research studies on practice related issues.


Conference participants are invited to submit research and practice posters for display, publication in the conference abstract book and awards. Attendance at the Conference earns the delegates 5.75 IBCLC CERPs and 7 An Bord Altranais Continuing Education Units.


Handouts, lunch and refreshments are included in the delegate fee of €60 for members and €80 for non members at the Early Bird rate (before Wednesday September 19th) with discount for full-time undergraduate students.


Booking forms are available from


Abstracts of the event are available here.

Suzanne Colson To Speak At ALCI Conference ’12

Dr. Suzanne Colson will be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Annual Conference of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland. Dr. Colson is a midwife, nurse and co-founder of The Nurturing Project, an organisation disseminating biological nurturing research.  She is an honorary senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and has 35 years experience supporting breastfeeding mothers in both hospital and community settings.


The conference will take place on Saturday 29th of September at the Glenroyel Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.


Topics will include the effect of lactation support, hand expression and implementing the fourth stage of the BFHI, among other sessions.


More detail will be available here when they are available, or you can email to receive a booking form. ALCI members will receive a discount.

IBCLC Day 2012 Celebrated Worldwide

2012-IBCLC-Day-Graphic-300x128The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland recently joined colleagues worldwide in celebrating IBCLC Day. This year’s theme “IBCLCs Make an Impact” highlighted how the expertise of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) can make a difference in the health and well being of children and their mothers.


According to Margaret Hynes, President of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland, “How an infant is fed can have a lifelong impact on their health. Mother’s milk helps develop a strong immune system that can respond to fight off infections. The rising incidence of obesity and diabetes will have a major impact on health and both these conditions are more likely to develop in children and in mothers when babies are not breastfed. IBCLCs make an impact on the quality of breastfeeding care provided by health services and thus an impact for children and mothers.”


IBCLCs have years of training and continuing study to enable them to inform, assist and support women during pregnancy, early days after birth and as the baby grows including: getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, continuing to breastfeed after returning to work or education, nursing a premature or sick infant, and preventing and managing challenges that might occur. IBCLCs work in hospitals, community services, private practice, voluntary organisations, education and in research. The 197 IBCLCs in Ireland are part of the 22,000 IBCLCs in 88 countries worldwide who are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners ( with.


The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland (ALCI) is the professional association for IBCLCs and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ALCI’s goal is to advance the profession of lactation consulting through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research. ALCI provides members with numerous resources and professional development opportunities that enhance their ability to provide optimal care to breastfeeding families.


For more information about ALCI email To find an IBCLC in private practice, visit the link above.

IBLCE Exam Results Announced

Congratulations to all new IBCLCs (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants) who received their exam results recently. If not already a member, join ALCI now and your membership extends until March 2013. Email us for a membership form.


Information on the next ALCI event will be available here soon, so visit again, or email if you wish to be added to ALCI’s mailing list.