Hello, I’m Nicola O’Byrne, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), neonatal/paediatric nurse and mother of five. I provide practical help and advice with breastfeeding concerns, immediately after birth or at any stage. I offer my service at your home in South Dublin or if you are outside this area, at Evie Suite 36, Beacon Hall, Sandyford or my home office.
It can be a very anxious time for new parents getting breastfeeding established, sometimes all that’s needed is a few small changes and lots of encouragement!.
I have been working with mothers and babies for over 30 years. As a nurse I worked in the neonatal unit of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital and Crumlin Childrens Hospital. During this time, I helped lots of mothers to establish effective breastfeeding with both fullterm and preterm babies.
After the birth of my first child , I trained as a breastfeeding counsellor with Cuidiu – Irish Childbirth Trust and have hosted breastfeeding support mornings and provided individual counselling to breastfeeding mothers. I became an IBCLC in 2005 and now I teach mums-to-be about breastfeeding before they have their babies, and provide one-on-one support afterwards. I am part of the team at the tongue tie service in Blackrock Clinic. I also prepare candidates for the IBCLC exam every year.
Being a mum of 5 children, has also taught me lots about breastfeeding, I believe it’s not just about the benefits of milk but also an easy way of mothering and nurturing your child.