Breastfeeding support: links

As a follow on to my post for the Irish Parenting Bloggers World Breastfeeding Week blog march 2013 (that’s some title!), I’ve pulled together a set of links for the many groups and websites you can access for advice on and support with breastfeeding:


Breastfeeding.ie is a one-stop shop which includes information on where to get help, and links to many breastfeeding support groups:

www.breastfeeding.ie

Cuidiu: find your local branch for mother-to-mother support, breastfeeding groups, mother and baby groups:

www.cuidiu-ict.ie

La Leche League: LLL leaders who are volunteer mothers are available for telephone support, or you could join a regular meeting to meet other mothers to look for help with specific problems or just to chat:

www.lalecheleagueireland.com

Friends of Breastfeeding: 

For a network of local support and great information try:

www.friendsofbreastfeeding.ie


Lactation consultants:

You may wish to contact a private lactation consultant to check your baby’s latch and give you face-to-face advice – especially if you suspect that your baby has tongue tie or if breastfeeding is painful.

See a list of LCs here (for which there would be a charge for a visit): ALCI list of lactation consultants

Facebook groups:

Another source of support is the huge number of Facebook groups that have sprung up – you can join a group for your area if you have a Facebook account, and then post questions or just read answers to questions posted by other members.
Many of these groups are “closed” so only other members can see your questions and comments.

Below are links to some Facebook groups (open and closed) or local breastfeeding pages :

ULSTER
MUNSTER
LEINSTER
CONNACHT
For a country-wide (closed) breastfeeding group with a strong focus on peer support and maintaining breastfeeding for all mums who wish to continue throughout and perhaps past infancy, try
 
 
Other websites with great information:
Rollercoaster is a popular forum for breastfeeding information and questions
Jack Newman’s website www.breastfeedinginc.ca is another very popular resource and includes helpful videos and fact sheets (youtube is also another option for videos of a good latch)
Kellymom is also a fantastic source of information on every breastfeeding topic
Analytical Armadillo always provides good reading and common sense
For night-weaning advice further down the line: drjaygordon.com
Tongue tie:
If you think that your baby has tongue tie, it’s best to see a qualified lactation consultant who can confirm the diagnosis, help with the latch and advise if any treatment is required.
You can find tongue tie information on www.tonguetiehelp.org.uk
And you could join a closed Facebook group for moral support here:  breastfeeding with tongue tie

All information correct as at August 3rd 2013

My own experience of tongue tie with my third baby is documented here, and includes contact details for doctors who are currently offering tongue tie division procedures in Ireland

Do look for support if you’re having difficulty breastfeeding your baby – there are so  many people out there who have successfully nursed their own babies and want to help other mothers to have the same experience.

Office Mum: baby photo

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