WATCH: Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey talks to RTÉ about breastfeeding and her festival experience

Shauna is among the 57 Roses taking part in the 2018 Rose of Tralee Festival

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Shauna speaking to RTÉ earlier in the week

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey has spoken to RTÉ about being a mother, breastfeeding advocate, qualified beautician and Rose of Tralee hopeful.

RTÉ caught up with the Carlow Rose earlier in the week and asked her about the Rose of Tralee and she said: "When I was 18 I wanted to apply but I ended up moving to London and then things just got in the way so after I had my daughter Emmy, it just felt right to apply and see what happened."

Shauna is also an advocate for breastfeeding and she shared her experience with the national broadcaster.  

She said: "When I found out I was pregnant, I was a couple of months. It was a surprise. Myself and my partner were off travelling so we came back and I went to the doctor. From then, the method I wanted to use was breastfeeding.

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"After having Emmy, I was fortunate to take to it and when I came home from the hospital, I was lucky to have a lot of people in Cuidiú, La Leche League and other breastfeeding support groups.

"I took part in the meetups and toddler groups and we formed like a small committee and went around and shared our experience [of breastfeeding] and provided information to help others through their journey with breastfeeding."

Shauna added: "So at the moment I'm still breastfeeding my three-year-old. Not on demand or every day. Just every now and then when she wants a little cuddle she might ask for it.

"It's the most natural thing. She's had it since she was a baby. It was great that I got to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week."