I attended a preparation class with Nicola which was brilliant and really helped me to prepare for the initial few weeks of breastfeeding, we had a tough start with my baby having a small tongue tie but after a visit from Nicola to my home and some help with our latch and reassurance from her we were able to continue breastfeeding, her support and advice really made a massive difference to us, I would highly recommend Nicola’s classes and consultations. Caroline – May 2016
I saw Nicola when my third baby was tongue-tied – she saved us! I’d highly recommend Nicola for anyone with concerns about how breastfeeding is going. She has huge expertise and experience, and is very kind if you can’t fully articulate what is wrong or if you cry on her shoulder too. Andrea – April 2014
I’ve attended Nicolas excellent classes before my babies arrived and they were invaluable, helped me recognise what was normal newborn behaviour and gave me an extra confidence boost to breastfeed !! I’ve also needed a few home visits (baby 2 and 3 were tricky feeders) and Nicola always arrived with her warm smile and relaxing outlook. Always left me with a plan, & feeling back on track . Nicola is amazing !! Fiona -April 2014
E is now over 3 months old and has almost doubled his birth weight exclusively on breastfeeding! I’m thrilled to bits and know for sure I could not have continued for much longer with the pain of the tongue tie when I saw you. Since getting his tongue tie sorted when he was 3 weeks old the breast feeding has gone brilliantly! I’ve recommended you and your class to a few girls but just wanted to say thank you directly! Emma- June 2011
Just thought I’d let you all know that I had my beautiful baby a week ago. I wanted to breastfeed but was very unsure how it would go. Thankfully, it’s been great & very successful & I put it all down to a breastfeeding class I did before. The midwives were very helpful but their advice can be quite conflicting. I just followedit what I’d learned in the class for latching baby on & worked. The class I did was www.breastfeedingsupport.ie & was great. Nicola is lovely & the whole atmosphere is very relaxed. C
I would completely give a thumbs up to Nicola Byrne at www.breastfeedingsupport.ie. I got mastitis on No.3 and a visit from Nicola really helped resolve things. She has a fab manner and her follow-up support on the phone was excellent. It was the best money I had spent in ages! G
My little boy is nearly eight weeks and with the help of a lactation consultant we’ve been off the shields for two days and no pain- money well spent – really happy cause as you say it annoying looking for them etc… Caoimhe
Just want to highly recommend Nicola’s class to anyone who really wants to give breastfeeding a go. I probably would have given up within about a week only for the advice and help I received from her. I am not a friend or relative of Nicola’s – just a very grateful first time mother who hadn’t a clue! S.C.
Hi Nicola, just wanted to let you know that baby R was born on Sunday 14th May weighing 7lbs 4oz. She’s fantastic and is feeding brilliantly. Thanks to your class everyone has been praising the positioning and latch on! So, so far, so good!
I really believe it was your excellent class that set me up brilliantly. I’ll be recommending everyone I know to see you before they have their babies as it really does mean you start with enough knowledge to get off to a good start and you and baby have something to work on. Esme
I had a lot of trouble and pain at the begining. I got a lactation consulatant Nicola to come out to me and the difference was amazing. Still feeding at 5 months. If you are still having pain Id advise ring her or an other lactation consultant. her website is http://www.breastfeedingsupport.ie/
I loved your class , I felt very nervous about breastfeeding before it and left feeling really confident that I now have the knowledge to get through those early days when so many mums stop. Thank you so much for a brilliant class! MT
In her second week I did have a consultation with a lactation consultant (Nicola from www.breastfeedingsupport.ie) and this was an absolute godsend and made all the difference along with the support of the Rollercoaster gang. While the hospitals are great at promoting breastfeeding there isn’t enough backup when baby arrives and midwives are just too rushed off their feet to be able to give much individual help. S
Sophie was born in the early hours of a Tuesday morning following an induced labour. I breastfed her within an hour of her birth, and the breastfeeding seemed to go well from then on. The nurses assured me that she had a good latch. I had no pain. She seemed contented.
However, by Thursday evening she had dropped 7% of her body weight. I was advised to give her formula supplements. I reluctantly did so. Her weight continued to drop. By Saturday, my milk had started to come in, but Sophie would only feed for a short time and then fall asleep on the breast. She would not continue feeding on the breast but would take formula instead. I was left with aching, engorged breasts and a sleepy, full baby. That day she was weighed: she had dropped 10% of her body weight. I was beside myself with worry.
That evening, Nicola O’Byrne called to my house. She checked my positioning and showed me how to improve it. She showed me how to use an electric breast pump after every feed so that I could supplement the baby’s feeds with breast milk rather than formula. She gave me a chart to help me monitor the baby’s progress.
That night and all the next day I fed the baby every three hours, supplementing with the breast milk which I had pumped following the previous feed. By Monday Sophie had put on 10 oz. By Friday Sophie had exceeded her birth weight.
I have now been breastfeeding for four months and I have a happy healthy baby.
I was determined to breastfeed my baby. However, it is clear to me now that determination alone is not enough. I could not have done it without Nicola’s help. I strongly recommend her to any expectant mother who wants to breastfeed her child