1 - 31 October 2023


Central Library, Waterford City and University Hospital Waterford



Neonatologist and Artist, Professor Afif EL-Khuffash, is showcasing his artwork celebrating breastfeeding mothers at two exhibitions in Waterford to mark National Breastfeeding Week 2023 (1 – 7 October).

Presented by ‘We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford’ in partnership with Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts, the exhibitions will run for the month of October at University Hospital Waterford and the Central Library in Waterford City.

Prof EL-Khuffash is a Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. His artworks of breastfeeding mothers are intimate, raw, and empowering portraits, encompassing the wide range of emotion, experiences, struggles and elation that come with the breastfeeding journey.

He aims to challenge the sexualisation and stigma around breastfeeding through his digital artworks, noting in an interview with the Irish Independent that ‘Women are always judged, no matter what choice they make. We should never judge mothers but simply provide the support and safe environment for them to raise and feed their babies.’

Artist Talk with Prof. Afif EL-Khuffash
Join Prof. EL-Khuffash for a lunchtime discussion of his work with a special guest poetry reading by doctor and poet, Dr Maria Tempany. This talk is taking place on Thursday 5 October (1-2pm) at the Centre for Arts + Health in University Hospital Waterford (beside St Teresa’s Unit). No RSVP or booking necessary. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be served.

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National Breastfeeding Week 2023 is an initiative of the HSE.

Professor Afif EL-Khuffash

Prof EL-Khuffash is a Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and a Full Professor of Paediatrics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is also a board-certified lactation consultant and a digital artist. He has over 20 years of experience in newborn care and has considerable knowledge of breast-feeding medicine and experience in providing antenatal and postnatal feeding advice and support to new mothers.


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