Venue: ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2.
Time: 8.30am - 1pm
The ESRI in collaboration with the HSE National Office of Health Promotion are holding a half-day Conference on Monday 1 October to examine the consequences of Ireland’s low breastfeeding rate and explore policy responses.
Researchers from the ESRI will present recent work based on the Growing Up in Ireland Study and the National Perinatal Reporting System (NPRS) data to examine influences on the distribution of breastfeeding across the population, recent trends and the long-term consequences for both individual child and Irish society.
Dr Adriano Cattaneo from the Institute of Child Health, Trieste will speak about the economic implications of non-breastfeeding and the development of breastfeeding policy in Italy.
The National Breastfeeding Coordinator, HSE, Siobhan Hourigan and Dr. Genevieve Becker National Co-ordinator, the ‘Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative’ will discuss current and future breastfeeding policy in Ireland.
The Conference will be attended by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD scheduled to arrive at 10.00 am.
09.00 Welcome: Professor Frances Ruane, Director, ESRI
Session 1: Evidence and Analysis
Chair: Professor Frances Ruane
09.10 "Explaining Differences in Breastfeeding Rates in Ireland – Evidence from the National Perinatal Reporting System 2004-2010"
Dr Aoife Brick and Dr Anne Nolan, ESRI. Download Presentation
9.30 "The Patterning of Breastfeeding in Ireland and Its Consequences: Evidence from the Growing Up in Ireland Cohort Study"
Professor Richard Layte, ESRI. Download Presentation
10.00 Conference Address: Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Session 2 Policy Options
Chair: Professor Richard Layte
11.00 "Policies and Strategies that Help Increase Breastfeeding Rates and Duration"
Dr Adriano Cattaneo, Institute of Child Health, Trieste. Download Presentation
11.45 "Understanding the Past, Planning for the Future: Breastfeeding Policy in Ireland"
Ms Siobhan Hourigan, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Ireland; Dr Genevieve Becker, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Ireland Coordinator
12.05 "Breastfeeding and the Mother", Prof. Michael Turner, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Dublin. Download Presentation
12.25 Panel Discussion
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