If your county is not listed below and you would be interested in setting up a m2m group in your area, please contact




Drumbanna Day Care Centre, Old Cork Road, Limerick.

10:30am-12:30pm. Contact Oonagh on  087 2213671 or Babs on 087 688616


Summer Picnic 2014


Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2013

Mahon Point (71 of 101)

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.


  • Which Event will you be attending? *

A Day in the Park

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our first ever summer picnic.  A great day was had by all and we look forward to more events like it to come!  Thanks to Aneta Chacala for taking such beautiful pictures.









Summer Picnic 2013

Friends of Breastfeeding is happy to host our first annual Summer Picnic!  Grab the family and come join us for a great family day out in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Saturday, July 6.  Bring a picnic, sunblock, a frisbee… whatever you want for a fabulous day out in the park!


All About Baby Fair 2013


All About Baby 2013



The All About Baby Fair is back again!   After the huge success of last year’s event, Friends of Breastfeeding are pleased to announce that we will be doing it all again this year!  If you are interested in booking a stall, please check out our Exhibitor Information Page.

All About Baby Fair
Plaza Hotel, Tallaght
19th May 2013

Take Action!

The following petition is being circulated to show opposition to the sponsorship of the Maternity and Infant awards by formula companies. If you feel it is unethical for a formula company to sponsor the Maternity and Infant Awards, please add your voice. Thanks!

Thank You

Letter From Siobhan Hourigan, Breastfeeding Coordinator of the HSE:

My thanks to Friends of Breastfeeding for all your hard work during, and in the run up to,National Breastfeeding Week 2012.

Thank you for organising and co-ordinating the hugely successful
Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge at so many locations around the
country. It is wonderful how the Challenge has grown each year with so many
new locations added and new mothers attending.

I was delighted to be able to come to the City West Challenge and see
so many number of mothers happily breastfeeding their children. It really
struck me that for a new mother, in the early days of breastfeeding out and
about, that attending the challenge would be very helpful. There was a real
welcoming atmosphere, normalising breastfeeding.

Thank you also to your members that attending the photoshoot to launch
National Breastfeeding Week 2012. They were super. It was great to have
such lovely happy images of Mums and babies.

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to promote breastfeeding during
National Breastfeeding Week 2012 and thank you for helping to spread the
message that ‘Good Health begins with Breastfeeding’. There was a very full
calendar of events during the week. From those that I attended there was a
real sense that breastfeeding is on the agenda of more organisations and that
breastfeeding is a public health priority in this country.

It is now proposed to plan a 3 year breastfeeding social marketing campaign.
I will liaise with you in relation to this and I welcome any feedback and
suggestions that you and your members would like to contribute.

With sincere gratitude for your contribution to National Breastfeeding Week

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely,

Siobhán Hourigan
National Breastfeeding Coordinator

National Breastfeeding Week 2012

General Theme: “Good Health Begins with Breastfeeding”

(A Great big thank you to Claire Alcutt for providing us with the following information. Thanks Claire!)

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week runs from October 1st – 7th each year.   All around Ireland a number of promotional events will be happening during the week and in the run up to the week.

Activities that have done in the past have been many and varied – including a survey of how family-friendly local restaurants are; promotion of breastfeeding in the public places; contacting all local secondary schools to offer mums and babies to visit the schools; delivering posters to pharmacies; display stands; special coffee morning and educational events.

Promotional events from the HSE will soon be finalised + the Press Release will be posted as it becomes available. Please send any updates you have to your national reps so that HSE Communications can make sure is brought up to date. Contact the HSE through Kathleen at <>, or email Siobhán Hourigan <>.

If  you have an event you would like us to add, please contact Maria  please include location, time and organisation involved (if any) + any useful links you may have.

 Advance Promotion of the Week September 21st

A photocall to launch National Breastfeeding Week 2012 took place at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin at 11am.

September 28th

Friends of Breastfeeding Radio interview with Tom Dunne on Newstalk


September 29th


Monday October 1st

  • ESRI Conference: “Breastfeeding in Ireland 2012 – half day – “Consequences and Policy Responses”
  • FoBF Citywest coffee afternoon, Community Room, Citywest Shopping Centre, 2-4pm. All welcome.


Tuesday October 2nd

  • Cuidiu Dublin North West – IKEA 10 am -12 Come along to have a cuppa and a chat and free cake to celebrate your breastfeeding journey ♥
  • Cuidiu Dublin South West – Tea and scones at The Pepperpot Cafe in Powerscourt Townhouse –  10-13. See Pot Cafe
  • Cuidiu Waterford – Waterford Health Park, Tycor  – 10-12
  • LLL Trim/Summerhill, Co. Meath – Coffee Morning, Castle Arch Hotel, Summerhill Rd. Trim 10.30am – 12.30. Text 0861250328 for directions. All welcome.
  • Cuidiu, Athy – CDP (Athy Community Development Project) Woodstock St. 9.45am – 11.45am. Contact Angela on (086)8260829. All welcome.
  • Blessington Mum-to-Mum Breastfeeding Support Group- Tea and Cupcakes plus special raffle prize on Tuesday the 2nd Oct upstairs at The Blessington Bookstore from 10 until 12.
  • Concern “Mother to Mother” Conference – National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin –
  • PHN Group @ 2.30 Breastfeeding Clinic – Ballinteer Health Centre
  • La Leche League – 10.30 onwards –  Truo Nua Community Hall, Portlaoise. (0863466734 for directions)
  • Story Time at Cork City Children’s Library at 11am


Wednesday 3rd October

  • Friends of Breastfeeding Coffee mornings – various venues around the country
  • La Leche League Castleknock/Blanchardstown coffee morning, Betelnut Cafe @ Draoicht Theatre, Blanchardstown SC. 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Cuidiu Louth/Meath 10-12, Costa Coffee, The Marshes Dundalk
  • Balbriggan PHNs – The Bracken Court Hotel Balbriggan- 10.00am – 11.00am – Tel: 6901312/8412138. All Welcome.
  • La Leche League Kilkenny  – coffee morning 10 am – Orchard house, Kilkenny.
  • Cuidiu group – from 10.30 in Rivercourt Hotel, Kilkenny


Thursday 4th October

  • Rush BF group 10.30-12 – Insomnia cafe in Eurospar
  • Skerries Friends of Breastfeeding group, 10-11.30am, Parachute Cafe – Please drop by for a cuppa & chat. All welcome
  • Tipperary Town FoBF M2M support group – 10-12 – Knockanrawley Resource Centre
  • FoBF Lucan coffee morning, Ballyowen Castle Community Centre, beside Lidl/Eurospar. 10.30am-1.30pm. All welcome
  • Cuidiu Louth/Meath – 10.30 -12 – Drogheda town
  • Portmarnock PHNs – Portmarnock Parish Centre – 11.30-12.30. Tel 8460311
  • Swords PHNs – 11.30am-1.00pm Base Centre, Brackenstown. Tel 8902200
  • Drogheda Cuidiu group  – St Peters, Church of Ireland, Parish Hall – 10.30 -12
  • LLL Portlaoise coffee morning –  Emo house cafe, 10.30 onwards.
  • Tallaght Hospital Info Morning –  10-:00am – 12:00pm Cuidiu, LLL and FoBF will be there


Friday October 5th

  • Cuidiu DNW – Extra special breastfeeding support group – Corpus Christi Parish Center, Griffith Ave, Drumcondra 10am -12 noon
  • La Leche League – 10-12, Bagel Bar, Laurence centre, Drogheda.
  • Breastfeeding Cafe! Go Safari Play Center, Near Carrigtwohill, Cork 11:00am
  • In honour of National Breastfeeding week, La Leche League groups are hosting a coffee morning in Drogheda on Friday 5th October in the Laurence Town Centre at 10 a.m. All past, present and future breastfeeding mothers are very welcome and there will be free parking for attendees.
  • To celebrate National Breastfeeding week, La Leche League Skibbereen are hosting a coffee morning on Friday 5/10/12 @ the Methodist centre, Skibbereen from 10.30 -12.00. Past, present and future Breastfeeding mothers welcome


Saturday October 6th

To celebrate national breastfeeding week Longford Mother to Mother Breastfeeding Support Group are holding a coffee morning on Saturday 6th October from 1030am-1230pm in the Green in Edgeworthstown. All proceeds will go towards Breast Cancer research. Everyone welcome.


Sunday October 7th