Longford Leader gallery: Cuidiú celebrates first birthday

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Cuidiú Longford celebrated it's first birthday at Coffee House 45 on February 27. There were 14 mothers in attendance, each with one child, although the group often have older siblings tagging along too.

“There was a great buzz and positive feeling about the place,” Ciara Reilly told the Leader.

“There were tiny two-week-old babies and lots of older babies up to the age of 14 months.”

Three of the mothers attending had visited the group before they gave birth and returned with their new bundles of joy.

Ciara said, “During pregnancy is a great time to visit your local support group, it means you will see familiar faces when you visit the group with your baby for the first time.”

“One mother said to me that the group is the reason she didn't give up feeding her little one. To hear things like that is very satisfying, it's our reason for doing what we do.”

Coinciding with their first anniversary, the group has officially changed its name to Cuidiú Longford-Roscommon, with Roscommon based mothers now encouraged to join. New activities will be added both east and west of the Shannon.
The first of which is a morning walk, which will take place on March 7 from the Mall car park at 10am.

This walk is open to all parents, guardians and care givers and will be followed by tea and coffee after the conclusion of the walk.

Ciara outlined, “Cuidiú's motto is 'education and support for parenthood'. Our mission is to offer support to all parents, not just mothers who breastfeed, which is why we have added the morning walks to our list of activities.

“It costs little or nothing to take part in our regular activities. We sometimes need a euro or two for expenses.Myself and Denise are volunteers, we do invest a lot of time and energy into it, but it's worth it for the positive feedback that we get.”
The group are also on the cusp of launching their breastfeeding support group meetings in Strokestown, Co Roscommon.