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Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2013

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Calling all breastfeeding mothers, are you ready to rise to the Challenge? On Saturday, October 5th 2013 at 11:00am, breastfeeding mothers in Ireland will gather together in venues across the country to take place in the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, a worldwide initiative that aims to highlight the importance of breastfeeding and breastfeeding support.  This year will mark the fourth year that Ireland will participate in the event. The first Challenge event in Ireland took place in Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork in 2010 where there were 106 children and 98 mothers, Last year’s event saw over 500 mothers in Ireland sitting down to nurse their children together.

The Challenge first took place in the Canadian province of British Columbia in 2001. In 2012 there were 3,934 children in 9 countries who took part in the Breastfeeding Challenge. In both 2011 and 2012, Ireland took both first and second place for the highest number of nursing babies latched on simultaneously on one site in Dublin and Cork respectively. In 2011, there were 8 sites in Ireland with 392 babies, and in 2012 there were 12 sites with 536 babies.

This year, Friends of Breastfeeding are hoping to have an even greater number of sites with even more mothers and babies!

So far there are Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge events being hosted in the following sites:


SMA Parish Hall, Wilton, Co. Cork. Contact Martina,



Frangos, Dundrum TC. Contact Lisa Finnegan,

City West Shopping Centre. Contact Karen,

Esquires Café, Airside, Swords. Contact Abina,

ALCI Conferece, Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. Contact Margaret,



Spraoi agus Sport, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. Contact Helen,

Costa Coffee,  Forte Retail Park, Letterkenny Contact Joleen



Oranmore Community Centre, Oranmore, Co. Galway. Contact Claire/ Erin,,

Knocknacarra Community Rooms, Galway


Little Star Baby Shop, New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Contact Eibhlin,



The Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Contact Nicola,



Mill Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Contact Carrie,



The Parent and Child Resource Centre, Eastway Business Park, Co. Limerick. Contact

MaryAnne/ Oonagh,,



DKIT, Dundalk Contact Jennifer/ Heather



The Book Centre, Waterford City. Contact Marika,

Community House, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Contact Ciara,




Belvedere House and Gardens Mullingar Contact Sharon hickey beehan,


Further potential venues include Letterkenny, Navan, Athlone, and more!

If you would like to organise a venue in your area, please email



 Pre Registration Form

Please fill out the following form to let us know if you are planning on attending one of our events.   Don’t worry if you do not pre register though! You are still welcome to participate on the day.


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