Month: September 2018


Ireland’s eight annual Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, organised by Friends of Breastfeeding, who recently awarded Sabina Higgins with their award for Breastfeeding Advocate of the Year, will have it’s highest number of participating venues across the country ever this Saturday 29th September. The event will see hundreds of mothers coming together in public locations, to breastfeed their children together simultaneously at exactly 11am sharp, in an effort to normalise breastfeeding and to put a spotlight on breastfeeding support. Record numbers could be taking part to breastfeed en masse to kick off National Breastfeeding Week. Despite the fact that Ireland has...

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Telephone Support

Breastfeeding Helplines:   Both Cuidiu and La Leche League operate telephone counselling services for mothers looking for information and support. You can call any volunteer listed online in any area for phone support.   Cuidiu Breastfeeding Counsellors and La Leche League Leaders are mothers who have breastfed their own children and who have undergone an extensive 2 year training course with regular updates of their training. A full list of Cuidiu’s Breastfeeding counsellors can be found here. La Leche League Leaders details, can be found in the contact details for their local groups...

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Breastfeeding in the Workplace and The Law

MATERNITY PROTECTION (PROTECTION OF MOTHERS WHO ARE BREASTFEEDING) REGULATIONS 2004. S.I. No. 654 of 2004 . MATERNITY PROTECTION (PROTECTION OF MOTHERS WHO ARE BREASTFEEDING) REGULATIONS 2004. I, MICHAEL McDOWELL, T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 15B (inserted by section 9 of the Maternity Protection (Amendment) Act 2004 (No. 28 of 2004)) of the Maternity Protection Act 1994 (No. 34 of 1994) and the Equality and Law Reform (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order ( S.I. No. 297 of 1997 ) (as adapted by the Justice (Alteration...

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Breastfeeding in Public and The Law

  What laws protect breastfeeding mothers and how do they work? The Equal Status Act (2000) protects people from discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) in the use of and access to a wide range of services including shops and restaurants. Protection for mothers breastfeeding in public is provided under two of the nine discriminatory grounds covered by the Act: The Gender and Family Status grounds This Act helps mothers to breastfeed comfortably in public places by protecting them from being discriminated against or harassed because they are breastfeeding. (Discrimination is less favourable treatment, for example, asking someone to leave a premises because they are breastfeeding.)...

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Breastfeeding in public

Breastfeeding in public: Why do it? Babies eat little and often. For the same reasons adults and children need to eat in public, so do babies! Why not? In lots of countries nobody bats an eyelid. Unfortunately here in Ireland we have lost our breastfeeding culture, unlike Scandinavian countries like Norway that have a breastfeeding rate of 99%. Mothers who choose not to breastfeed in public tend to breastfeed for shorter periods; generally well shy of the WHO and HSE recommendation of two years and beyond. What laws protect breastfeeding mothers and how do they work? The Equal Status...

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