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National Breastfeeding Week 2017

During National Breastfeeding Week 2017 (1st to 7th of October) many events took place to spread the message that Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference and to give families information on the supports available on and from HSE health care professionals and voluntary breastfeeding organisations.

Mrs Sabina Higgins hosted a reception in Aras an Uachtarain on Monday 2nd of October to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week 2017. The reception was for mothers and babies, the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland and those who work so hard to support mothers in hospitals, community and through voluntary breastfeeding groups including Cuidiu, La Leche League and Friends of Breastfeeding. Over 100 guests, including babies and toddlers made for a lively gathering in the beautiful surroundings of the Aras.

There were events the length and breath of Ireland to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week 2017. 

The Association of Lactation Consultants had their Annual Conference at the weekend, at the start of National Breastfeeding Week. Friends of Breastfeeding held the Breastfeeding Challenge on Saturday at venues around the country to bring as many breastfeeding mothers and babies as possible together at the same time and place.

There was a busy day at Inchicore Primary Care Centre on the Wednesday with Brenda Donohue, RTE for the Today Show, meeting mothers and babies, the public health nurses who provide the Inchicore breastfeeding support group, and Lactation Consultants from the Ask our Expert service on

Thanks to everybody who organised events during the week and helped spread the message that Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference.

Here are some of the photos from the week so far . . .

Claire, Mum and little girl Lactation Consultant Claire, "We are here to answer your questions".

Anne Delaney Lactation Consultant Anne chatting to mum during National Breastfeeding Week

Amanda and Nicola at the Aras Lactation Consultants Nicola and Amanda at Aras an Uachtarain during National Breastfeeding Week

Group of Mums at Inchicore

Mums at Inchicore Primary Care Centre with Public Health Nurses Aileen Carrig and Blanche Moore

Sabina and Mum


Events Guide

Events took place accross the Country to support National Breastfeeding Week, for further details click here.

La Leche League

To find out how La Leche League can support Mums click here.  For a list of La Leche League events during National Breastfeeding Week click here.