Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo - National Breastfeeding Week events in Sligo and Leitrim

23rd September 2022

HSE Media Release

Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

National Breastfeeding Week events in Sligo and Leitrim

October 1st – 7th marks National Breastfeeding Week.

To mark this, a number of events are being planned across Sligo and Leitrim.

Having a new baby is life-changing and breastfeeding is a skill that takes time and practice to master. In the early days, skin-to-skin contact and keeping your baby close to you will help you recognise the signals they make to tell you they are hungry or want a cuddle. This will help you settle into a rhythm together. Responding to your baby’s needs helps them feel secure, while supporting their brain development.

Liz Martin Senior Health Promotion Officer, Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo stated that “There has been a 5% increase in the number of babies breastfed at the first public health nurse visit between 2019 and 2021, a rise to 59%.  Support for breastfeeding mothers is crucial. We want all mothers to know about the supports available on mychild.ie and locally to help them to breastfeed for as long as they wish.”

The mychild.ie website includes extensive breastfeeding information, videos and guides as well as the ‘Ask Our Breastfeeding Expert’ service plus wider pregnancy and child health information. A team of lactation consultants provide free personalised advice to users by email and live chat. The ‘Ask Our Breastfeeding Expert’ online service is available seven days a week with the live chat service available Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

There are a range of breastfeeding support groups in every county providing invaluable support to breastfeeding mothers. To find your local group go to mychild.ie and click on the link ‘search for Breastfeeding Support’. Many of these groups are holding events to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week. Why not come along to meet other breastfeeding mothers if you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding or are already breastfeeding.

There are a number of events taking place to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week:

 

Group Date Venue Time Contact
Friends of Breastfeeding Mohill, Co Leitrim Oct 1st Mohill Library, Co. Leitrim 10am-12pm Ciara (087) 6818996
Ballinamore Breastfeeding support group, Co Leitrim Oct 3rd Day Room, Ballinamore Health Centre, Co. Leitrim 10.30am Imelda (071) 9644355
Sligo Family Resource Breastfeeding Group, Sligo Oct 4th  Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo  10.30am Liz (087) 9143646
Carrick on Shannon Breastfeeding meeting, Co Leitrim Oct 4th Cafe Lounge, Unit 3, Mercentile Plaza, Townparks, Carrick-on-Shannon (opposite the Landmark Hotel), Co Leitrim 10.30am-12pm Contact Michelle via https://www.facebook.com/Carrick-On-Shannon-Breast-Feeding-Support-Group-1242649582452848/
Old Nazareth House Primary Care Campus, Sligo  Oct 5th Primary Care Meeting Room, Ground floor, Old Nazareth House, Sligo 11am-1pm Sinead (087) 4428206
Bump and Baby Coffee Morning, Sligo  Oct 7th The Model, Sligo  10am-12pm Michelle (087) 9287635
Last updated on: 23 / 09 / 2022