The focus of Friends of Breastfeeding is to foster a positive breastfeeding culture in Ireland, in raising awareness about breastfeeding support options and dispelling myths surrounding it. With this information, mothers can make an informed decision about who to ask for breastfeeding information. Accessing reliable support will help more mothers to have the breastfeeding experience they want and enable them to breastfeed with confidence.
Friends of Breastfeeding was formed by a group of mothers who met on online parenting forums. Many of these mothers found the internet to be their only reliable source of information about breastfeeding. The need for other options was clear, such as improved awareness of who is qualified to provide breastfeeding information, community support and back up from our healthcare system.
After nearly a year of setting up, we are now almost ready to fire on all cylinders. We have a number of initiatives in the pipelines. We had a photoshoot on 12th September in the National Museum to take shots for use on our website, a wholerange of events for National Breastfeeding Week including the launch of awareness pins and we will be attending the Big into Baby Show at the end of October.
We welcome new members, either those who are expecting and planning to breastfeed, or those who might be interested in getting more involved in the groups activities. We are looking for a number of people to help out with various tasks on our three subcommittees, PR, Projects and Fundraising. If you are interested in being involved or becoming a member, check out our blog at: http://www.friendsofbreastfeeding.ie. In approximately two weeks time this address will bring you to our new website so keep an eye on it! You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to access reliable information about how to breastfeed, check out http://www.thebreastway.ie, an irish website, for irish mothers.