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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 alci@ireland.com 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 alci@ireland.com 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 alci@ireland.com.


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 alci@ireland.com 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 (www.iblce.org) 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 alci@ireland.com. 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 ALCI@ireland.com if you wish to be added to ALCI’s mailing list.