A to Z of Antenatal Expression

This week, I am delighted to welcome Sonya Quinn onto the page for her guest blog on antenatal expressing. Sonya is a breastfeeding peer supporter and mum of 2. There is a lot of talk about antenatal expressing these days, so I asked Sonya if she could put together a simple guide for expectant mothers […]

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Wisdom From The Elders

What do you wish you’d known about breastfeeding before you started? This week, I want to explore some of the key learnings women have shared with me retrospectively about their breastfeeding experience. Often, with breastfeeding, before you start it is a case of not knowing what you don’t know. Luckily, other women can share their […]

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An Open Letter About Tongue Tie Division in Ireland.

Like most people, I am really worried that too many babies are having frenotomies (the procedure during which tongue ties are divided).   This niggling concern has  remained as I saw increasing numbers of babies having divisions without due process. By that I mean, not opting for division before introducing mother and baby to efficient […]

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Help! I’m having a C Section, will I be able to breastfeed?

Maitiú having his first breastfeed in the recovery room . I frequently get emails from mothers who are floored when faced with a change of direction in relation to their baby’s birth. Sometimes, they attend for a routine hospital appointment and are told they will be admitted for a C-Section in the next week. This […]

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Highlights From 2017….

Here we are at New Years Eve 2017. This past year has been remarkable, when I looked back, these are just some of the highlights… Health Care Professional of the Year 2017 So, if I’m picking my favourite, “OMG… I can’t believe it” moment, it has to be,  winning the  Friends of Breastfeeding  2017  Award […]

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Vasospasm – Raynaud’s: What You Need to Know about the Effect on Breastfeeding

  As we settle into a very cold winter here in Ireland, I’m finding more and more clients are reporting nipple pain that is unrelated to latching problems. Generally, when I’m taking their history, I ask whether they have noticed any colour changes in the nipple. If the mother says yes, that prompts me to […]

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Pumping before baby is 6 weeks old?

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

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 loss and breastfeeding. Learn the facts so you can educate others.   What will be covered? Topics covered include how milk supply is […]

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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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Joint Statement on the Upcoming Pregnancy and Baby Fairs

      We, Amanda Glynn IBCLC (www.lactation.ie), Carol Smyth IBCLC (www.carolsmyth.co.uk) and Nicola O’Byrne IBCLC (www.breastfeedingsupport.ie ) 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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