Saturday 3 December 2016

Sabina encourages mothers to 'latch on'

Jane O'Faherty

Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30

Sabina Higgins talks to Camille White, from Firhouse, Dublin, with son Rhys (10 weeks), and Sinead Donaghey, from Swords, Co Dublin, with Ruairí (5 weeks) at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Sabina Higgins talks to Camille White, from Firhouse, Dublin, with son Rhys (10 weeks), and Sinead Donaghey, from Swords, Co Dublin, with Ruairí (5 weeks) at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Hundreds of mothers and babies made their way to Áras an Uachtaráin to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week in the Presidential household.

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Hosted by Ireland's first lady, Sabina Higgins, 'Latching On' was one of the key events of the programme that continues until October 7. Mrs Higgins also welcomed representative groups highlighting the benefits of breast milk for infants and toddlers, as well as the importance of adequate support for mothers.

She was joined by La Leche League of Ireland, Cuidiú, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), Friends of Breastfeeding and the Association for Improvement in the Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS).

Speaking at the event, Krysia Lynch of AIMS called on Irish society to remove stigma associated with breastfeeding.

"It takes a community to improve breastfeeding in Ireland, and one thing to bear in mind is that support may come in many different forms," she said.

"Maybe it comes in the form of acknowledging the fact that women may need support when they latch," she added.

"Maybe it comes in the form of being supportive when seeing somebody breastfeeding (in public)," she continued.

Mrs Higgins also stressed the nutritional importance of breastfeeding, adding that preparing and training expectant mothers was paramount.

Irish Independent

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