Press Release

Lenihan launches National Breastfeeding Week

Mr Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children, has today (30th September 2002) launched National Breastfeeding Week in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin. The Minister met the Lee family from Wicklow who are featured on the new breastfeeding promotional poster, which the Health Promotion Unit of the Department of Health and Children has published today.

“Breastfeeding is so important for the health of our children that it deserves everyone’s support, particularly the support of fathers,” said the Minister.

Breast milk is specifically designed to optimise a baby´s growth and development. Yet, because Ireland has by far the lowest breastfeeding rates in Europe, the majority of Irish children are deprived of the major nutritional, immunological and psychological benefits which breastfeeding confers.

To celebrate National Breastfeeding week the Health Promotion Unit are hosting a National Conference on Breastfeeding on Friday 4th October in Dublin Castle. Mr. Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children will open the Conference.

At the Conference research evidence will be presented which shows that the many health advantages of breastfeeding last throughout childhood and into adulthood.