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Celebrating National Breastfeeding Week

Large groups of mums and babies gathered across the country for cake and a cuppa to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week last week.

The theme of this year’s week of events was ‘Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference’. The seven days of activity included a visit by breastfeeding mums and their babies to Áras an Uachtaráin to promote the importance of breastfeeding, where they were warmly welcomed by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.

In Malahide in North County Dublin, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) of Malahide Health Centre, supported by their nursing colleagues and managers, held their annual breastfeeding coffee morning.

“As well as celebrating breastfeeding week, the event highlights the important daily work that we as public health nurses are engaged in to support, promote and protect breastfeeding. We embody the approach that every breastfeed matters,”

 - Public health nurse Rachel Eustace.


“The event was very well attended by our nursing mums, infants and toddlers who attend our weekly PHN-led breastfeeding support group in Malahide Parish Centre. Recent research by Hanafin 2017 has highlighted the huge economic and social benefit of our PHN-led groups.” Studies have found that mothers value the support group facilitated by PHNs and recommended increasing their availability, timing, geographic spread and frequency. It was found that groups were popular because they normalised breastfeeding in a social environment, which improved mothers’ sense of wellbeing.

Rachel added, “Breastfeeding is recognised as the single most effective way of reducing childhood health inequalities. Our support groups’ help mums develop social networks in their own

communities and can often result in lifelong friendships.”

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Read our story on Breastfeeding week 2017 here.