Organisations to Support You

LLLLa Leche League is a voluntary organization which provides information and support to women who want to breastfeed their babies. All Group Leaders are volunteer mothers who have nursed their babies for at least a year. They have completed an accreditation program and are familiar with breastfeeding techniques as well as current research. They are available free of charge at any time to speak with a mother in person oron the telephone. Meetings are held monthly and are open to all breastfeeding mothers and mothers to be.




cuidiuCuidiú is a voluntary organisation which provides education and support for parenthood. Their aim is to provide information to parents, enabling them to make informed choices about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. It also aims to empower parents to implement their choices and decisions. They further aim to provide support to all parents around pregnancy, birth, feeding methods and other postnatal issues.

Cuidiú have a special interest in support parents to breastfeed, both at a parent to parent level, but also by providing evidenced based information through their breastfeeding counsellors. Cuidiú breastfeeding counsellors complete a two year course covering a variety of breastfeeding topics over 20 modules. Training includes counselling and listening skills and breastfeeding information elements, based on the latest scientific research. Participants have a lengthy required reading list and practical elements to their training, ensuring they are well-informed and well-prepared to support mothers and provide accurate breastfeeding information and options. Breastfeeding counsellors offer their services voluntarily and are available to answer your queries over the phone and may also be able to call to you if you wish. Most branches have community support groups for all parents regardless of feeding choice.




Mother 2 Mother Support is the gathering together of mothers to share experiences and information about breastfeeding and motherhood in an atmosphere of trust and support.  While the meetings may not always have a trained counselor or breastfeeding professional present, they offer tremendous support to the mothers who attend.




ibclcThe accreditation International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) identifies an experienced member of the health care team who has acquired specialist skill in the area of breastfeeding and lactation and passed an exam at Masters’ degree level of difficulty. They are required to keep their knowledge and skills current, and must re-certify every 5 years through continuing education or re-examination to remain registered. There is a charge for their services.




hseMidwives and Public Health Nurses undergo 20 hours of breastfeeding education as part of their undergraduate training. When the HSE runs these courses, they also offer places to GP’s and other health professional groups. HSE breastfeeding support groups are mostly run by public health nurses. They offer basic advice and support and are a good way of meeting breastfeeding mothers in your area.


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