A parent-to-parent voluntary support group

              Cuidiú National Breastfeeding Week

                                                                                    'Every Breastfeed makes a difference'       

                                                Look out for events nationally in 2016 on Cuidiu Branch  web pages  or follow updates on the HSE web site for more information 

 

                                                           Cuidiú at Aras an Uchtaran  

                                  

 

 

 

 

In recognition of Cuidiu's breastfeeding support work, Cuidiú was invited by Michael and Sabina Higgins to a Reception and Latching-On Morning, in Áras an Uachtaráin, on Monday, 5th October, 2015. This wonderful event, attended by over 100 breastfeeding mothers, children and their supporters, was held in honour of National Breastfeeding Week, 2015.

It was a truly joyful and unique morning, where the mothers and children of Ireland were warmly welcomed into the Áras, to hear Sabina talk passionately about her own breastfeeding journey, which included breastfeeding twins in the 1970s, a revelation that elicited an admiring round-of-applause from those gathered. Guests were even treated to a surprise appearance by Uachtarán na hÉireann, who spoke eloquently about his support for his wife when breastfeeding. The President also referenced the HeForShe Campaign, whereby he has accepted an invitation from the United Nations to become one of ten global champions of gender equality.

Cuidiú proudly presented Sabina with honorary lifetime Membership of the Cuidiú, in recognition of her support for breastfeeding and an Oxytocin Pendant, depicting the chemical structure of the hormone which is instrumental in promoting parental bonding and breastfeeding.

Among other invited guests were representatives of La Leche League of Ireland, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and Friends of Breastfeeding.

Such support and recognition is truly welcome, given that rates of Breastfeeding in Ireland compare poorly with other European countries, and especially in light of the huge health and emotional benefits breastfeeding brings both mother and child.

Week-in-week out, Cuidiú provides breastfeeding support for families throughout Ireland, with trained breastfeeding counsellors on-hand for mothers. All of this is done on a voluntary basis to build confidence and help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals.

In addition, Cuidiú provides support and education for parents and parenthood. Empowering parents through knowledge and mutual support to make informed choices and to progress fulfilled through all stages of parenthood, from pregnancy to raising children to adulthood. This is achieved through childbirth education, postnatal support, breastfeeding support and parental education.

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs should be credited to: Fiona Killeen of BluePrint Photography