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ALCI Members Only Day A Great Success

Recently many ALCI members, and some staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, enjoyed an informative and stimulating day with a variety of speakers; PR Consultant Marie Ennis O’Connor, CMS Teenage Pregnancy Una O’Brien, HSE National Breastfeeding Coordinator Siobhan Hourigan and Janet Calvert, RM BSc MSc.


The ALCI AGM also took place on the day. This included the official election of some Council positions, and ALCI Council now stands as follows;


  • President – Margaret Murphy IBCLC, Co. Cork
  • Vice President – Meabh Anne McNamara IBCLC, Co. Kildare
  • Treasurer – Johanna Riley Cusack IBCLC, Co. Clare
  • Secretary – Genevieve Becker IBCLC, Co. Galway
  • General Council Member – Audrey McVeigh Clarke IBCLC, Co. Galway
  • General Council Member – Norma Quirke IBCLC, Co. Dublin
  • General Council Member – Vacant


The next ALCI Event will be the Annual Conference on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of October 2012 in The Green Isle Hotel, Dublin. The theme will be ‘Creating Realistic Breastfeeding Expectations’. This two day event will be the 10th Annual ALCI Conference. More details will be available here.

Breastfeeding Support and New Technologies – ALCI Members Only Spring Event 2013

Social Media and the IBCLC, Ethical considerations and targeting those least likely to breastfeed, Teenage Pregnancy and Taking a consumer approach to promoting breastfeeding will be the presentations at ‘Breastfeeding Support and New Technologies’, the ALCI Members Only Event, Spring 2013 on Saturday April 20th 2013 in the Nursing Education Centre of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.


Ms. Marie Ennis O’Connor, PR Consultant will present Social Media and the IBCLC. Ms. Janet Calvert, RM BSc MSc Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager Regional Breastfeeding Lead for the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland will discuss Ethical Considerations and Targeting These Least Likely to Breastfeed. Ms. Siobhán Hourigan, National Breastfeeding Coordinator, will discuss taking a consumer approach to promoting breastfeeding. Ms. Una O’Brien, CMS Teenage Pregnancy will present a session on Teenage Pregnancy.


4 CERPs have been awarded in total, 1.25 CERPs L and 3.75 CERPs E. The event fee is €20, which includes a light lunch. The event is open to all current ALCI members & staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Please feel free to include your ALCI MembershipMembership Renewal with your event registration. Pre-registered and pre-paying is essential. 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.


If you are not an ALCI member but are interested in attending, you are welcome to join ALCI and attend the event, just email info@alcireland.ie for membership and event forms.


Please contact ALCI at info@alcireland.ie or text 089 441 6497 if you have any queries.

“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.