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I’m pregnant and so worried about looking after my 2 other children while breastfeeding

13 June 2017 

This is a common worry for Mums but it’s a great idea to plan for the challenges ahead and explore how you will manage both breastfeeding and your other ch..

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Can I start breastfeeding if I gave baby a bottle first?

13 June 2017 

The desire to recommence breastfeeding is completely normal and can be achieved with work and support. Here are some suggestions :

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I'm worried that my milk supply is not enough. Should I top up with formula?

13 June 2017 

The amount of milk you make depends on how often and how effectively your baby feeds at the breast.

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Is it okay to eat peanuts while breastfeeding?

9 June 2017 

Unlike during pregnancy, breastfeeding mothers do not need any special diet nor do they need to eliminate any particular foods from their diet.

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Is there a time when the benefits of breastfeeding end?

9 June 2017 

A mother’s breastmilk acts like ‘a unique medicine for her child’. At no time do the antibacterial and antiviral properties of breastmilk cease.

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What size feed for baby of 2 weeks old and less than 3kgs weight?

7 June 2017 

At 2 weeks, old the frequency of feeds can be from 8- 12 feeds in a 24-hour period. Babies can often go through a growth spurt at this age and require lots..

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Why does my baby wake frequently at night?

7 June 2017 

When a baby is in contact with his mother, the hormone, oxytocin, which is involved in bonding, milk ejection and even digestion, increases. Breastfeeding ..

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Am I entitled to breastfeeding breaks when I return to work?

7 June 2017 

In Ireland, entitlement to Lactation or Breastfeeding breaks for working mothers, is afforded up to 26 weeks after the date of confinement (estimated deliv..

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Tongue tie information for parents

29 September 2016 

Are you concerned about a tongue tie your baby may or may not have? If so please read on.

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My hair is falling out and getting very thin, is this anything to do with breastfeeding?

12 August 2016 

Hair loss after the birth of your baby is normal and temporary. Many Mums return to their hair growth cycle between 6 and 12 months after the birth. The go..

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I want to start expressing so I can have some time away from baby without having to rush back to feed. When can I start expressing?

8 June 2016 

Generally its best to wait for 4-6 weeks before you start to express milk for your baby.

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Should I track how often I feed my new baby and off which breast? My friend in the US said they recommend using an app that helps you log your feeds and which breast was fed from in the first few weeks.

8 June 2016 

I don’t think this is necessary. If you have a healthy full term baby who is feeding on demand and sleeping between most feeds, this is a good indication t..

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I have a very fast flow, my 5 month old baby is coming on and off the breast taking small feeds during the day, and bigger feeds in the evening and the night time, is this normal and will he be getting enough?

8 June 2016 

If your milk flow is fast it is likely he will fill up faster during the day. Fussing on and off the breast is common with a very fast flow.

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Is it important to wash my hands before breastfeeding?

8 June 2016 

Hand washing is important for all new mums, regardless of how you feed your baby. Proper hand washing is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick

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Do you have any personal hygiene tips for breastfeeding mums?

8 June 2016 

There is no need to change your personal hygiene habits when breastfeeding.

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Can I overfeed my breastfed baby?

8 June 2016 

Newborn babies need to feed often. A newborn baby will usually actively breastfeed for between 10-40 minutes every 1.5 - 3 hours. This is because:

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Should I wean before having fertility treatment?

8 June 2016 

If you are breastfeeding but eager to become pregnant you could chart some cycles or reduce breastfeeding to evaluate your fertility status.

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How do you give a bottle to a breastfed baby?

16 February 2016 

Expressed milk can be given to a breastfed baby by bottle. Learn how paced bottle feeding can help.

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What Breastfeeding Positions work for premature and sick babies?

22 January 2016 

There are lots of different positions that mums use to feed their babies – you will find what works best for you and your baby. There are very few rules ab..

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Is Breastfeeding possible if my baby needs surgery?

22 January 2016 

Babies require surgery for many different reasons. Some surgeries are planned and you may have time to prepare for the hospital admission, for other babies..

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How can I breastfeed twins if they need to spend time in the Neonatal Unit?

22 January 2016 

Twins or triplets or more may require care from a Neonatal Unit. This is because these babies are more likely to arrive early. If your babies are being car..

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How can I express breast milk for my premature and sick baby in the first few days?

22 January 2016 

In the first few hours after birth you can start to express small amounts of milk for your baby.

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding for longer than 1 year?

29 September 2015 

Many Mums ask about the nutritional benefits of continuing to breastfeed for more than a year.

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How many ozs expressed breastmilk should I give my baby?

25 September 2015 

The research tells us that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Different ba..

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Are night-time feeds bad for my baby?

24 September 2015 

Night time feeds are completely normal for babies. Here are some tips to help.

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How do I get my 10mth old to sleep in their own cot not my bed?

16 September 2015 

Many mums in situations like this, find the answer is a gentle transition to the cot, this may take time, but don’t worry, it will happen with perseverance..

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How many soiled nappies should my baby have a day?

16 September 2015 

All babies will have different patterns when it comes to dirty nappies.

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How do I heat expressed breast milk?

15 September 2015 

Here are some tips for heating chilled or frozen breastmilk....

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How to lie down while breast feeding?

11 September 2015 

Breastfeeding while lying down can be a great option if you are tired or if you have had a caesarean section delivery.

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My 3 week old has oral thrush - will I stop breastfeeding?

8 September 2015 

If you or your baby have a yeast infection (candida or thrush) there is no need for you to stop breastfeeding.

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I have developed small red dots on one breast, mainly around where the breast pads or breast pump would sit. Do I need to go to GP with this or is there some cream I could get in the chemist to solve the problem?

18 August 2015 

It is always best to get any rash reviewed by either your doctor or your public health nurse, they can then recommend what will best treat it.

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My 2-wk old feeds well but throws up large amounts of her feed, she has only put on 1 oz this week, any advice for me?

18 August 2015 

Most baby's bring up a little milk (or posits) after feeds. However, if your baby is throwing up large amounts they may have reflux. Do make an appointme..

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How can I increase my milk supply?

17 August 2015 

Generally milk supply works on a supply and demand system, this means that the more milk you take away the more that is made.

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My baby will only feed from one side - why?

17 August 2015 

This is a common query, which is often easily resolved with timely advice and support from a breastfeeding specialist.

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How do I store expressed breastmilk?

14 August 2015 

Your milk is an amazing living fluid. Handling it with care and storing it safely will ensure those immune properties that protect your baby also help prot..

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Breastfeeding a baby with dairy intolerance

14 August 2015 

It is estimated that about 5% of children under 1 will experience a reaction to cow's milk

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Why are feeds taking so long?

13 August 2015 

Every baby is different and there is no set length of time a baby should feed for. Feeds may last from 20 to 40 minutes.

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How do I breastfeed a new baby and care for my toddler?

24 July 2015 

For many Mums managing a new baby with a toddler can feel a little daunting at first. Here are some tips to help.

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My 3-week old was a very good feeder, but now starts squirming and bobbing on and off the breast even though she seems very hungry

21 July 2015 

There are a couple of common reasons why a baby may suddenly not be feeding as well as before, including reflux and trapped wind. Here are some tips for m..

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My baby is teething and biting me - what can I do?

21 July 2015 

If behaviour like this is unusual for your baby, it may be best to first out rule any possible ear discomfort or infection.

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What foods should you avoid while breast feeding?

20 July 2015 

Generally, a well balanced healthy diet, the same as when pregnant, is all that is needed when breastfeeding.

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I just gave up breastfeeding but notice that one breast is bigger then the other

20 July 2015 

Most women have a slight difference in size between breasts....

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I am 5 weeks pregnant and I still breastfeeding my 1 year old. Will my milk supply drop or dry up?

20 July 2015 

Yes, the hormones that maintain pregnancy do also cause a decrease in milk production.

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Should you drink alcohol while breastfeeding

26 May 2015 

The safest option when breastfeeding is to avoid drinking alcohol altogether, however, after the first month or so some mums may want to have an occasional..

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