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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frangos, Dundrum TC. Contact Lisa Finnegan, email@example.com
City West Shopping Centre. Contact Karen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Esquires Café, Airside, Swords. Contact Abina, email@example.com
ALCI Conferece, Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. Contact Margaret,
Spraoi agus Sport, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. Contact Helen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Costa Coffee, Forte Retail Park, Letterkenny Contact Joleen email@example.com
Oranmore Community Centre, Oranmore, Co. Galway. Contact Claire/ Erin,
Knocknacarra Community Rooms, Galway
Little Star Baby Shop, New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Contact Eibhlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Contact Nicola, email@example.com
Mill Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Contact Carrie, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parent and Child Resource Centre, Eastway Business Park, Co. Limerick. Contact
MaryAnne/ Oonagh, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
DKIT, Dundalk Contact Jennifer/ Heather email@example.com
The Book Centre, Waterford City. Contact Marika,
Community House, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Contact Ciara, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If your boobs could talk, they’d ask you to walk, jog or run the 2013 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for Friends of Breastfeeding. It’s a great oppurtunity to get fit and Raise money for a good cause. The marathon takes place on 3rd June at 2pm. Each participant will receive a sponsored t-shirt which will be sent to you prior to the event.
The monies raised from this event will go a long way to enabling Friends of Breastfeeding to continue to provide breastfeeding mothers with the information and support options to enable them to have the breastfeeding experience they choose.
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You can request a sponsorship card from us or sign up at http://www.sponsor.ie/]www.sponsor.ie Nominate Friends of Breastfeeding as your chosen charity and post your personal link to friends and family worldwide via the internet.
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.
Friends of Breastfeeding are delighted to be one of the nominated charities on My Kids Time for 2013. The winning charity with the most votes by midnight 31st January will become the My Kids Time Charity of the Year and will receive support and advertising throughout the year. Please take a minute to cast you vote by clicking on the link http://www.mykidstime.ie/d/
vote-2013-mykidstime-charity-ye ar We are the only breastfeeding support charity to be nominated and would love the chance to help even more mothers in Ireland have the breastfeeding experience they choose. The way the awards are set up means that you can vote for more then one charity, so even if you make us your second choice, it makes a big difference to us. You can also vote once a day so if you’re that way inclined, who are we to complain?
As always we appreciate your support and look forward to another busy year!
Are you a new mum? Are you pregnant and hoping to breastfeed?
Then the Breastfeeding Buddy System is for you!
What is a Breastfeeding Buddy?
A Breastfeeding Buddy is mum in your local area who has breastfed her own child and who has attended breastfeeding information training. She is not a health professional but she will be able to provide you with peer support and encouragement. She will provide you with literature/information on breastfeeding and sources of other help available in your area should you need it. Your Breastfeeding Buddy will encourage and support you through the early days of breastfeeding your baby. Your Breastfeeding Buddy is also available to you to accompany you to a local group or to go out for a coffee to nurse in public for the first time. The Buddy system will Launch February 2nd 2013.
For more information or to find a buddy in your area, click here
As many of you may recall, Independent Midwife Philomena Canning took a brave stand back in November 2012 when she declined an award for Midwife of the Year due to the awards being sponsored by a formula company, The SMA Know – How Maternity & Infant Awards.
An online petition was set up and we have 885 signatures to date – wonderful, people power!!! Following the protest, Philomena wrote to ABA (An Bord Altranais – The Irish Nursing Board) on the 28th of December.
The midwives now badly need your support to get ABA to act on the letter. So if you have a minute or two, please consider dropping a line or two to the CEO Dr Pidgeon, letting him know that you support the demands made by the midwives and await the response of the Board with interest.
Pop your email to Dr Maura Pidgeon, CEO @: email@example.com
Thank you for your continued support