Saturday 3rd August 2019
Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Join us between 9.30am – 5.00pm
Festival Host – Diane O’Connor
Diane O’Connor is a Stand-Up Comedian and Improviser from Dublin. She began performing age 7 in front of the TV much to the annoyance of her family. Diane wrote and performed her first solo show “Pregnant and Standing” while very pregnant. The sequel Breastfeeding Alfresco enjoyed a successful tour to excellent media coverage (as featured in the Irish Examiner, Country Magazine, RTE Lyric FM, BBC Radio Northern Ireland, BBC Radio 4). Now a regular on the Irish Comedy scene with her high energy and clever observations, Diane is often found hosting events around the country. Her family now finally watch the TV in peace.
Lecture Theatre – Talks & Panel Discussions
Dianne O’Connor, Stand-up comedian and our host for the day will open the show with some musing on Breastfeeding Alfresco and the funny side of pregnancy and parenting.
The Science & Wonder of Human Milk
Ann McCrea and Liz Bailie will share their wealth of experience running Northern Irelands own milk bank and the difference doner milk has made to families over the years.
Dr Natalie Shenker and Dr Simon Cameron will share some of their latest work on the wonderous properties of human milk and exciting plans for future research.
Dr Natalie Shenker is the cofounder of the Human Milk Foundation and the Hearts Milk Bank, aiming to change perceptions around human milk through science, information and enhanced access to screened donor milk. She won a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship at Imperial College London in 2019 to establish a programme of collaborative research, investigating the optimal use of donor milk to support maternal breastfeeding and mental health, as well as optimise infant outcomes. She is also establishing a bioresource of milk samples to facilitate wide-ranging global research, with an emphasis on maternal health and breast cancer research. She trained in medicine at Oxford and spent 5 years training as a surgeon. Having worked with babies who developed NEC and women with breast cancer, as well as mothers struggling to establish breastfeeding, she has a driving passion to contribute to public health through a combination of innovation, compassion and common sense.
Dr Simon Cameron, Vice Chancellors Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast
Featured in Channel 4’s dispatches program ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered’ in 2018, Simon’s work involves the application of mass spectrometry to health and disease. His work is focused on human milk profiling and developing methods to take a systems biology approach to understanding the role that different components of human milk play in the development of the infant microbiome. Simon has recently moved to Queen’s University from Imperial College London to take up a prestigious Vice Chancellors Fellowship.
We are delighted to welcome Simon to Belfast and look forward to the exciting work he will be undertaking here in the coming years.
Breast surgeon Ciara McGoldrick offers practical advice on keeping your breasts healthy in pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond
Ciara McGoldrick, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has brought her sound, practical and evidence based advice on maintaining breast health to Breastival since the beginning. We are honoured to have such expertise born and bred in Belfast.
Storm In A D Cup
Wheelie Momma Sarah Griffiths chats to Diane O’Connor about mindset, milk and motherhood on wheels.
Sarah Griffiths is better known to many as Wheelie Momma blogger. Sarah has cerebral palsy which means she uses a wheelchair, something which she actively fought against most of childhood and teenage years. This steely determination served her well and saw her graduate from university, pass her driving test, buy a house, do 2 skydives, travel, get married and have 2 amazing children.Her journey really began during her first pregnancy when she discovered bio energy healing and meditation to help deal with chronic pregnancy sickness. This was the turning point when Sarah realised her body and mind’s true power and ability to heal itself. She also realised that while we can’t always control what happens in life, we always have the gift of being able to choose how we react to it.Fast forward 2 years and Sarah has cured herself of a debilitating back condition and fully embraced her “Wheelie Momma” self to encourage others to reach for the stars regardless of any perceived limitations.She’s now a sought after motivational speaker, empowerment coach, is a Gentlebirth antenatal instructor, a breastfeeding peer supporter and she has just launched her first children’s book “My Mum’s A Superhero”Sarah’s website is www.wheeliemomma.com
Preparing to Breastfeed – What New Parents Need To Know
Learn how normal it is to experience challenges in the first days and weeks of learning to breastfeed and where to find help and support when you need it
Catherine Irvine, Infant feeding lead, South Easter Trust.
I’m Catherine, mum to Ellen, 6, Thomas, 5, and Rory 2. I trained as a midwife in Cambridge in 2000, worked with the Midwifery Led Care Team at Royal Jubilee and have been the Infant Feeding Lead for the South Eastern Trust for the past decade. I’m passionate about supporting breastfeeding, both in our society and on a 1-2-1 with mums, and I am fortunate that my passion also gets to be my job.
When mums struggle with breastfeeding, I often find the origin lies in simple latch or normal infant behaviour. I want Mums to know that support is there for them when learning to feed and the challenges are not insurmountable. My topic for Breastival therefore, ‘Support for Breastfeeding- What I Wish Women Knew’.
The 4th trimester, or first three months of newborn life are intense. Babies are dependent on us for protection, nourishment and nurturing. Learn why our babies need us so much and how to cope.
Hosted by Carol Smyth, La Leche League
Maternal Mental Health
A panel discussion on maternal mental health & breastfeeding, featuring mum, author and activist Michelle Bradley as host.
Author of “Pangs: Surviving Motherhood and Mental Illness” will join the maternal mental health panel at Breastival and share her experience of postnatal mental illness and her journey to recovery.
Professor Marlene Sinclair
Prof Marlene Sinclair holds the first personal chair for midwifery research in the island of Ireland and is the Head of research at the Maternal Fetal and Infant Research Centre at the Institute of Nursing Research. She is a registered midwife and nurse with almost 30 years of research experience. She is the founder and editor of the Royal College of Midwives Evidence Based Midwifery Journal, distributed to almost 40,000 midwives. Her research interests are focused on judicious use of healthcare technologies, social media and information technology, antenatal education, medications and alcohol in pregnancy, maternal mental health and wellbeing including EMDR, obesity, infant feeding, epigenetics and the design and evaluation of complex healthcare interventions.
Baby Brain Development
Developmental psychologist Dr Victoria Simms takes us on a journey to understand what’s really going on in your baby’s brain.
Dr Victoria Simms is reader and research director at Ulster University. She is a developmental psychologist with a specific interest in how children’s thinking changes over time. A passionate advocate for science communication and new parent herself Dr Vic offers an engaging insight into our babies developing brains.
Every journey comes to an end. Hear from a mum who’s been through it along with practical advice on what to expect, how to stop safely and the importance of self-care.
Breastfeeding – A Great Start In Northern Ireland
Janet Calvert, PHA Regional Breastfeeding Lead, will give an update on progress on the NI Breastfeeding strategy and share insights from latest findings on breastfeeding rates and trends in Northern Ireland
Janet Calvert is the regional Breastfeeding Lead for the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland
Northern Irelands Breastfeeding – A Great Start – A strategy for Northern Ireland 2013-2023
The strategy and mid-term review are available here
Breastfeeding Rights, Law and Profit
Lawyer Clare Patton outlines the current legal protection for breastfeeding and how industry profits infringe on maternal rights
Dr Patton is a research fellow in QUB school of law. Clare’s PhD in breast cancer cause-related marketing, and her own experiences as a mother have sparked her interest in legal frameworks for protecting breastfeeding and how corporate marketing tactics interfere with maternal right to breastfeed and infringe on the choices all families make. Clare outlines the current legal protection for breastfeeding and highlights how digital marketing now and in the future requires new thinking to protect a mother and child’s right to feed.
The Politics of Protecting Breastfeeding
Political representatives have been invited to participate in a panel on the Politics of Protecting Breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a normal way to feed babies. That said additional measures are required to ensure that breastfeeding protected and supported. Protecting breastfeeding can involve a number of measures to
- Address low breastfeeding rates
- Ensure access to appropriate advice, information, support and guidance regarding breastfeeding
- Encourage mothers to breastfeed for longer
- Protect mothers who breastfeed in public
- Protect breastfeeding mothers who are returning to work
- Continue to support breastfeeding research
Grainger Room – Chat Sessions
Chats & Hangouts provide a space to meet other families like yours.
A host will lead each session but everyone is encouraged to be part of the conversation, chat with each other, share stories and ask questions.
Overcoming Difficulties and Feeding Older Children
La Leche League leaders Adele & Grainne host a chat on overcoming challenges and continuing to feed into toddlerhood and beyond
Twin Mums Meet Up
Join Mrs Potts and twins Aimée and Alex to share stories and tips on feeding multiples
Chat with dietician and IBCLC Jennie Ashroft on feeding babies with allergies
Returning to Work
Chat about returning to work and continuing feeding hosted by two mums who have successfully made the transition from work to home
Physiotherapist & antenatal teacher Emma Logan offers practical advice on caring for your body in pregnancy and when feeding
Donating To The Milk Bank
How to do it and the difference it makes. Hosted by The Milk Bank and donor mums.
When Breastfeeding Looks Different
Using shields, expressing, SNS or feeding doner milk? Meet other Mums who’s breastfeeding journey looks different than expected.
Gentle Yoga with Jess. Suitable for all ages
10.50am, 11.20am, 11.50am
6 weeks - 1 year
Zenbu Baby Massage
Build confidence and trust in massaging your baby, whilst learning soothing and relaxing techniques through massage.
10.50am, 11.15am, 11.40am
birth - 4 years
HartBeeps Happy House
Try out a fun-filled, highly interactive sound and story based toddler class for busy toddlers, pre-schoolers and their little siblings!
Hartbeeps Happy House
Take a sound journey into story land
Our fun-filled, highly interactive toddler class for busy toddlers, pre-schoolers and their little siblings!
We put the children at the heart of our story as we explore the Happy House and beyond! Expect music, drama, creative play, dance and movement all set to a fantastic soundtrack of remixed nursery rhymes, funky, original kids songs and familiar lullabies. Happy House is all about confidence as well as physical and emotional development. The class helps prepare young minds for a lifetime of learning through play.
birth - 13 months
Baby Sensory Taster Sessions
Try out Baby Sensory’s multi-award winning classes to introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights.
Try out Baby Sensory’s multi-award winning classes to introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents.
Specifically designed from birth, to aid your child’s development, the classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus you’ll never experience the same class twice.
Classes are suitable for newborns up to and including 13 month old’s. Please note that these classes are not suitable for older children.
birth - 15 months
Sing & Sign Taster Sessions
Get a taste of learning to sign with your baby and encourage amazing early communication with music and fun.
Sling Swing Taster Session
Gentle movement and dance class for adults with children in soft structured slings, baby carriers or wraps.
NB sling must be hired/checked by a sling library volunteer before the session
Zenbu Partner Massage
Learn a wonderful sequence to stretch, relax and energise through partner massage.
Massage is an incredible tool to help support, relax and nurture a mother as she transitions throughout pregnancy into the post natal period.
Join Suzanne in an interactive workshop to learn massage techniques to use for yourself, with a partner and with your baby.
Suzanne specialises in pre and post natal massage and yoga. She offers pregnancy massage and post natal massage at her home. She also runs popular weekly classes of pregnancy yoga, baby yoga and baby massage on the Lisburn Road.
Believing these are the best tools to support you she will share her incredible knowledge in a fun and interesting manner to relax, balance, nurture and empower you through the gift of massage.
Bring a partner or you can partner up with someone at the workshop.
Mum and 0-4 years
Yoga With Jess: Movers & Shakers
Yoga, cardio, singing, dancing and play for Mums to reconnect with her postpartum body, build strength while playing with her little one(s).
Keep A Beat: Paediatric First Aid
Short workshops on baby & child CPR and how to baby into recovery position
KeepaBeat delivers First Aid classes all over Northern Ireland. Vicki and Deniece and our team member Rachel Somerville are accredited, regulated trainers.
In our team, we are all mummies. Vicki is mum to Alex (8), Adam (4) and Elsie (1), while Deniece is mum to Kaílyn (9 months). Whilst both on maternity leave the KeepaBeat Northern Ireland Franchise became available (we believe it was meant to be!). We decided to buy the business and we are very glad we did. We purchased the KeepaBeat Northern Ireland Franchise in December and hit the ground running, delivering many courses within the first 5 months.
The courses that we offer include but are not exclusive to the following:
- First Aid for Parents and Families
- First Aid for Adults
- Junior Medics
- CPR and AED
- Emergency Paediatric First Aid
- First Aid at Work
- Mental Health First Aid
We are also the first company in Northern Ireland that will have a contract with Baby Box, and we aim to bring Baby Box into the province in the very near future.
KeepaBeat is a First Aid company, and is part of the WOW World Company, with sister companies including Hello Baby, Baby Sensory, Toddler Sensory, Reading Fairies and Mini Professors.
KeepaBeat NI Offers for customers:
We are also going to offer a 10% discount on our courses to customers on the day of Breastival, specifically for customers who book onto any of our courses that day.
Breastival is a free-to-attend event but pre-registration is required. Click the link to register your free ticket today.