Monthly Archives: September 2015

FoBF Breastfeeding Buddy System – Dublin



The Friends of Breastfeeding Buddy System pairs expectant or new mothers with volunteers in their area who have experience of breastfeeding, and offer social and practical support.  We leave the technical side to the experts, and focus on helping mothers overcome social and personal barriers to breastfeeding, for example by accompanying them while nursing in public and encouraging confidence in their own mothering instincts.  We try to introduce new mothers to support groups where they will find others with babies of the same age, and help them to find appropriate solutions if they are experiencing difficulties.



We are expanding this free service to cover all of the greater Dublin area.  If you feel that you could help improve breastfeeding support in your area, please apply by Saturday October 3rd 2015.  Contact for an application form!

We are appealing in particular for volunteers in Dublin South East (as far as Bray), Dublin North and Dublin City Centre.  Training will begin in late October.  Buddies will receive 24 hours of training in peer support and breastfeeding support in group sessions, led by an IBCLC lactation consultant in a friendly, warm and open atmosphere.

The dates for training are

Saturday 24th October 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Saturday 7th November 10am-12pm & 12:30-2:30pm

Saturday 14th November 10am-12pm & 12:30-2:30pm

Saturday 21st November 10am-12pm & 12:30-2:30pm

Saturday 28th November 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

The venue for training is The Green Kitchen Café, Walkinstown Green, Dublin 12.  A lovely private training room (with toys available for toddlers) is available for up to 20 trainees.  The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, has changing facilities and serves food and drinks to the training room.  The Café is opposite Tony Kealy’s pram shop and a new playground has been installed outside on the green.  The Café is a short walk from the Red line Luas, served by Dublin Bus lines 27, 77A, 56A, 151, 18 and 123 and has ample free parking.  For those driving it is closest to the Red Cow or Ballymount junctions of the M50.  It is also a short walk to numerous shops, cafes, pubs and an indoor playcentre.

If you are interested, please contact Judy at



Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2015!

Mahon Point (71 of 101)



Calling all breastfeeding mothers, are you ready to rise to the Challenge? On Saturday, October 3rd 2015 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. Our numbers have been growing each year, with 18 venues around the country in both 2013 and 2014, and over 500 mothers and children taking part.

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

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


Spraoi agus Sport, Carndonagh, CO. Donegal

Costa Coffee, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

The Exchange, Castle Ave, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

Esquires Coffee House, Airside, Swords, Co. Dublin

Frangos, Dundrum, Dublin 16

Red Cow Morans Hotel, Dublin 24 (Attendees of Zacharys journey fundraising event only),

North Wexford,

Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare,

Nenagh, Co. Tipperary,

ALCI Conference, Co. Tipperary (for conference attendees only),

Mahon Point Food Court (Upper Level), Cork,

Costa Coffee, Carraroe Retail Park, Co. Sligo,

Huckleberry Den, Navan, Co. Meath,

Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath,

The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone, Co. Roscommom,

Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City,

Drombanna Day Care Centre, Limerick,

North Wicklow Country Market, Newcastle Community Centre, Co Wicklow

Kilmore Hotel, Dublin Road, Cavan


Pre registration is now closed.

Please not, it i not a requirement to have pre registered! Anyone who wants to attend a challenge venue can register at the venue on the morning.