Fianna Fáil Senator for Dublin Fingal, Lorraine Clifford-Lee, is calling for the reestablishment of the National Breastfeeding Committee which has been disbanded for over four years.
The Senator made her calls following a Health Committee meeting on the lack of breastfeeding supports in maternity hospitals with representatives of Bainne Beatha and Cuidiú.
Senator Clifford-Lee commented, “The National Breastfeeding Committee has been dispended for over four years now – it needs to be re-established as soon as possible.
“Direct involvement of all stakeholders in the delivery of breastfeeding supports for women is essential to improve Irish breastfeeding rates.”
The Senator added, “I would like to welcome the announcement from my colleague Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, that his Department has announced additional funding to the HSE of €1.58m to fund 24 additional Lactation Consultants thereby providing support to every maternity unit in the country. This funding will ensure timely skilled assistance for mothers who wish to breastfeed. It will also support enhanced training, skills and knowledge to frontline staff.”
Bainne Beatha is a campaign led by a group of mothers to improve Irish breastfeeding support services following their own experiences of Irish maternity units; and parent to parent support group, Cuidiú, offers breastfeeding support groups and breastfeeding counsellors.