Making Difficult Breastfeeding Decisions… try the BRAIN method?

Last week in my online breastfeeding class a mother-to-be asked “ What if the midwife in the hospital wants me to give the baby formula and I don’t want to? “ Other mothers in my antenatal class talk about stories they’ve heard about feeling pressured to give formula to their breastfeeding newborn. They worry if […]

Placental Encapsulation & Breastfeeding Risks, Should You Think Twice?

Back in 2008, after I had birthed my 4th baby, the midwives asked me what I would like to do with my placenta? To be completely honest, it was not something I had thought about. It had just disappeared after the other births and I didn’t pay much attention to it. That said, if I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]