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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:

Cork

SMA Parish Hall, Wilton, Co. Cork. Contact Martina, martinabeckett@hotmail.com

 

Dublin:

Frangos, Dundrum TC. Contact Lisa Finnegan, challenge@friendsofbreastfeeding.ie

City West Shopping Centre. Contact Karen, karenivers1@gmail.com

Esquires Café, Airside, Swords. Contact Abina, abina@friendsofbreastfeeding.ie

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

info@alciireland.ie

 

Donegal

Spraoi agus Sport, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. Contact Helen, info@spraoiagussport.ie

Costa Coffee,  Forte Retail Park, Letterkenny Contact Joleen  joleenkuyper@gmail.com

 

Galway

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

Claire.kelly20@gmail.com, erin@starvingartistink.com

Knocknacarra Community Rooms, Galway

Kerry

Little Star Baby Shop, New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Contact Eibhlin, eibhlinmg@yahoo.com

 

Kildare

The Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Contact Nicola, nicolabermingham@yahoo.com

 

 Laois

Mill Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Contact Carrie, m2m@friendsofbreastfeeding.ie

 

Limerick

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

MaryAnne/ Oonagh, ma_daly@hotmail.co.uk, omaguire09@gmail.com

 

Louth

DKIT, Dundalk Contact Jennifer/ Heather  heather@becketts.ws

 

Waterford:

The Book Centre, Waterford City. Contact Marika,

marika_bourke@hotmail.com

Community House, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Contact Ciara,  kittythehare1@hotmail.com

 

 

WestMeath

Belvedere House and Gardens Mullingar Contact Sharon hickey beehan, s.hick@hotmail.com

 

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

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

challenge@friendsofbreastfeeding.ie

 

 

 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.

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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!

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All About Baby 2013

2013Have you ever wished there was somewhere you could go to buy, try and test all the products and services you need for you and your baby? Now there is.
We are delighted to announce details of the All about Baby Fair 2013.
This fantastic event will take place on Sunday 19th May 2013 at the Plaza Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin from 12pm to 4pm. All are welcome to come along and have a great day. Admission is €5 for adults and kids go Free!
What is on offer at the All about Baby Fair?
All about Baby Fair offers amazing shopping, expert advice, professional services, entertainment and a guaranteed fun filled day out for all the family.
With many stalls providing products and services not available on the high street, many at discount prices, as well as a “Pre-loved” shop exhibiting nearly new baby items, equipment and maternity wear, it is a display not to be missed by any mum-to-be or new parent in search of a great bargain.
What to expect on the day?
On the day you can expect to find unique products, discounts, special offers, free advice, fabulous raffle prizes and much, much more. So if you are a parent, expecting a baby or planning a family the All about Baby Fair is the place for you.
There will be expert advice and information available on many of the subjects that new parents of Ireland are interested in, including:
• Demonstration from Baby Wearing Ireland on all things sling and baby carrier related.
• Breastfeeding information from Certified Lactation consultant Mairead Murphy IBCLC
• Nutrition information for during and after pregnancy by Sonja Lynch.
• Miriam Devitt of Superhands.ie will be talking about and demonstrating Baby Sign Language.
• Independent Midwife Philomena Canning will be talking homebirth in Ireland.
• Baby Yoga demonstrations with Orna Devine, Infant Massage Instructor.
And we didn’t forget about the little ones! We have a dedicated Kidzone with lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained with Julie-Rose McCormick Puppet Theatre, face painting and balloons.
Queries or questions? Call Jolene Keating on 0877992144

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Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

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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.

Register at http://www.florawomensminimarathon.ie/ and email us your postal address and t-shirt size to events@friendsofbreastfeeding.ie

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.

 

All About Baby 2013

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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
12-4pm

Vote for Friends of Breastfeeding in the My Kids Time Charity of the Year 2013

awardFriends 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-year 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? :P
As always we appreciate your support and look forward to another busy year!

Buddy System Set for Launch!

_MG_9635Are you a new mum?  Are you pregnant and hoping to breastfeed?

 

Do you have questions, concerns or just want to chat with another mum
who has been there…

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.

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Please note:
- This program is being run on a trial basis in cooperation with the Coombe Women’s and Infants Hospital, Dublin and will operate in a limited number of areas.
- This service is entirely free of charge
- There are a limited number of buddies in each area, who will be assigned to mums on a first come first served basis. We hope to accommodate everybody, but cannot guarantee this.

For more information or to find a buddy in your area, click here

breastfeeding-rocksAs 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 @: ceo@nursingboard.ie

Thank you for your continued support