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National Breastfeeding Week 2018

New research shows how investment in breastfeeding benefits mothers, babies and wider society

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Pictured are Caitrina Byrne and baby Charlie with Laura McHugh, HSE National Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) Breastfeeding Support Group at the SMA Parish Hall Wilton Cork, to mark HSE National Breastfeeding Week

Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference 

Monday 1st October 2018, marks the first day of National Breastfeeding Week, the theme of which is ‘Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference’.

The week will end on Sunday, 7th October following seven days of activity across the country – coffee mornings, support group events, and even a visit by breastfeeding mums and their babies to Áras an Uactaráin – to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

The HSE would like to let mothers and mothers-to-be, and their families, know about the benefits of breastfeeding, how important it is for good health of baby and mother, and what supports that are available for breastfeeding mothers and their families.

Here on  you can find a range of supports available for breastfeeding mums and their families, including the free Ask our Expert service and live Web Chat provided by Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).

According to Laura Mc Hugh, HSE National Breastfeeding Coordinator:

    • “Breastfeeding is a natural process, however mothers may require support, knowledge and education. A recently published study tells us that when support is offered to breastfeeding mothers with healthy term babies, it increases the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding”. 
    • provides answers to all your questions, and support and information is available to help you and your baby. The breastfeeding videos at the site provide guidance on positioning and attaching baby; expressing milk; what to expect in the early days; and tips from other mothers. 
    • “We also have a HSE Breastfeeding Facebook page, which provides a community support for mothers and there are 290 breastfeeding support groups around the country, details of which are on Some of these groups are organised by Public Health Nurses (PHNs), while others are organised by Lactation Consultants in the hospitals or trained breastfeeding support volunteers all who are, or have been, breastfeeding mothers.  They are a great source of information, support and friendship.  

Click here for a list of events across the country or visit Facebook/HSEBreastfeeding to find out all you need to know about breastfeeding supports in your area or online.