My Breastfeeding Experience
Whether you choose to breastfeed, bottle or both, that's entirely your choice and should be respected. I chose to breastfeed but it was not something which came easily. Breastfeeding my first baby in the very early stages was incredibly tough. Visions of blissful breastfeeding sessions with my long awaited baby were in reality replaced by pain, tears, sleep deprivation and tennis elbow (yes I actually had this from holding her in the wrong position!) But thanks to a Lactation Consultant, and the tons of support received from midwives, health nurses and breastfeeding support groups, I carried on. I'm so grateful for the support I received in the early days because Breastfeeding became such a bonding, positive and rewarding experience.
Second time around the difference was like night and day. My baby just latched on and fed like a trooper. I remember thinking 'wow she's amazing' but looking back now, I think I just knew what I was doing and what to expect.
New Mums + Breastfeeding
New mums need tons of support, love, kindness, bucket loads of tea and equal parts cake. You need to be told 'you're doing a great job' even when you can't remember the last time you washed your hair and really haven't a clue what you're doing!
Find your support networks in Dublin, get the right advice and learn to love breastfeeding your baby or at least make new friends!
Breastfeeding Support Groups
There's breastfeeding support available throughout Dublin to mums who need a little bit of support, encouragement and advice. Breastfeeding.ie has listed all the groups in North and South Dublin. These groups can be a lifeline for a new mum trying to figure it all out! Find one in your area, make new friends and enjoy breastfeeding your baby.