NUI Galway to host webinar to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week

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An online webinar in celebration of National Breastfeeding Week 2020 will be hosted by NUI Galway and the HSE next Thursday, 7 October at 2pm.

The theme of the event is ‘Diverse global perspectives on breastfeeding and breastfeeding support’ and will be opened by Ms Sabina Higgins, and closed by the National Breastfeeding Co-ordinator Ireland, Laura McHugh.

Dr Sarah Brennan, a GP and lecturer at the NUI Galway’s Donegal Medical Academy in Letterkenny, and one of the event organisers, said that everyone is conscious that this time is especially difficult for new mothers.

“We are delighted that so many acclaimed international speakers are able to link in virtually and share with us their diverse wisdom around breastfeeding and breastfeeding support,” said Dr Brennan.

“We are also delighted that this online webinar is supported by several parties including the National Lead and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, Ms Sabina Higgins and the HSE Breastfeeding Committees of Community Healthcare Organisation 1 (CHO1).”

The webinar will consist of three sections, each with short 15-minute presentations, with opportunities for questions and answers at the end of each section.

Co-organiser Dr Elizabeth McCarthy, NUI Galway, added: “The COVID-19 pandemic has motivated us to arrange this virtual conference so that we could bring together mothers, fathers, breastfeeding supporters, health care professionals, and policy makers to share and learn from our local and global experts.”