Should a Breastfeeding Mother Pump before 6 weeks?

Dear Nicola I’m wondering if you can help? My baby is 4 weeks old and not back at birth weight. I’ve been feeding her non stop, sometimes I have to wake her up  and also  my breasts seem softer this week. Is that normal? Kind regards xxx ________________________________________________________________________ I frequently get queries like this from […]

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Low Milk Supply – Teaching Day
Babies use their hands to latch and breastfeed

    Fully booked 26/4/17   Date: Saturday April 29th 2017 Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire , Co Dublin Time: 10am-4pm   What is true Low Milk Supply? What is the difference between a poor start to breastfeeding and low milk supply? There is much sensationalism in the media these days about infant weight […]

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Breastfeeding a Baby with Type 1 Diabetes.

This was sent to me by Caoimhe who is mum to Lorcan who has type 1 diabetes . The support and information for parents and professionals about breastfeeding a baby who has diabetes is very poor, as you will see in the piece below . Lorcan has just weaned in the last few weeks at […]

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Tongue Ties in Breastfeeding Babies –An Irish Perspective

Last week I got a call from a breastfeeding supporter who was reduced to tears with worry in relation to a mother and baby who she was supporting. The baby was having trouble breastfeeding and the breastfeeding supporter was almost certain that the baby had a tongue tie. The mother concerned could not afford to […]

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Joint Statement on the Upcoming Pregnancy and Baby Fairs

      We, Amanda Glynn IBCLC (, Carol Smyth IBCLC ( and Nicola O’Byrne IBCLC ( ) have come together to make the following statement re International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) attending non-WHO Code compliant baby fairs. The adoption of and adherence to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes is a *minimum* […]

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No… Your Baby Won’t Swallow His Tongue!

I can’t believe I’m writing this post but this needs to be addressed. Today at the tongue tie clinic, I was asked three times by different parents if this was possible? To divide so far back the baby might swallow it’s own tongue…. It is years since I heard this myth being touted by doctors, […]

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How to Prepare for Breastfeeding: Top Tips

Here is a piece I wrote for recently…    Are you thinking about breastfeeding? If so, you might be confused about where to even start. I was. And even when I did feed, I encountered problems. The details of which are for another day. But, with perseverance and some professional help from a Lactation […]

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