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La Leche League of Ireland Conference 2017

March 4 @ 9:00 am - March 5 @ 3:45 pm

Free - €65

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Our next national conference is taking place on the 4th & 5th of March, 2017 in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare.


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Keynote Speaker

Due to circumstances beyond our control Gro Nylander had to withdraw from our Conference line up. We are delighted that Professor Helen Ball has confirmed her attendance as keynote speaker.
Helen Ball established the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab in 2000, and her research examines sleep ecology, particularly of infants young children and their parents. She has conducted research in hospitals and the community, and contributes to national and international policy and practice guidelines on infant care. She pioneers the translation of academic research on infant sleep into evidence for use by parents and healthcare staff via ISIS — the Infant Sleep Information Source website: www.isisonline.org.uk


Saturday 4th March, 2017

Note: This programme may be subject to change


Inishmore: Childbirth and its Impact on Breastfeeding
Speakers: Margaret O’Leary, RGN, RM, C.M.S. Lactation, IBCLC
Krysia Lynch, LLL
Moderator: Mary Bird, AACL, LLL

Inisheer: Book Club
‘Men, Love & Birth’ by Mark Harris
‘Breastfeeding Uncovered’ by Amy Brown
‘The Microbiome Effect’ by Toni Harman & Alex Wakeford
Speakers: Caroline Lewis, LLL
Áine O’Sullivan, LLL,
Helen Fogarty, LLL
Moderator: Maura O’Shea, LLL

De Valera: Dads Talk to Dads

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break


Inishmore: Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep
Speaker: Professor Helen Ball, Director Parent-Infant Sleep Lab. University of Durham
Moderator: Elizabeth Quinn, APL, LLL

Inisheer: Staying Home Instead
Speakers: Monica O’Connor, LLL, Fiona Harford, LLL
Moderator: Julie Webb, LLL

De Valera: Teens Talk to Teens

12.30 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.45 Keynote Address:

Inishmore : Coping with Infant Related Sleep Disruption
Speaker: Professor Helen Ball, Director Parent-Infant Sleep Lab. University of Durham
Moderator: Máire Morrissy, CLA, LLL

3.45-4.15 Coffee Break


Inishmore: #Code Nuggets: Using Social Media to get #WHO Code Messages Across.
Speaker: , Helen Gray, M.Phil., IBCLC, LLLGB
Moderator: , Jan Cromie, ACL, LLL

Inisheer: Exploring Fatherhood
Speaker: Dr Patrick Ryan, University of Limerick
Moderator: Eileen Burbidge, LLL


Inishmore: Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers in Refugee Camps
Speakers: Deirdre Sheridan, LLL, Mairead Murphy, LLL
Moderator: Jane Donegan, LLL

Sunday 5th March 2017

9.30 -11.15
Inishmore: Improving Policy and Practice with the World Breastfeeding Trends initiative (WBTi)
Speaker: Helen Gray, MPhil, IBCLC, LLLGB
Moderator: Sarah McCann, LLL

Inisheer: Breastfeeding & Fertility
Speaker: Jennifer Mooney, LLL, NFPTAI
Moderator: Margaret McGuigan, Co-ALA, LLL

De Valera: Dads Talk to Dads

11.15-11.45 Coffee

11.45- 1.00
Inishmore: WORKSHOPS:
(1) Mothering Your Nursing Toddler
Facilitators: Linda O’Leary, LLL, Dee Burke, LLL,

(2) Adjusting to Motherhood
Facilitators: Wendy English, LLL, Olwen Rowe, LLL

Inisheer: Complementary Therapies: How Can They Enhance Breastfeeding?
Patricia Weldon, MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist, Birth & Prenatal Therapist specializes in working with Mothers and Babies, Children and Families.
Dr Julie Ellwood, Registered Osteopath
Moderator: Ailís O’Sullivan, LLL

De Valera: Teens Talk to Teens

1.00-2.30 Lunch

2.30 -3.45

Inishmore: Positive Parenting Panel
Speaker: Sarah Farmer, LLL, Noeline Markey, LLL,
Mary O’Boyle, LLL, Maria O’Sullivan, LLL
Moderator: Jane Farren, LLL

3.45 Closing Address


March 4 @ 9:00 am
March 5 @ 3:45 pm
Free - €65
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Deirdre McDonnell


Treacy’s West County Hotel
Limerick Road
Ennis, Co. Clare Ireland
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