Breastfeeding Support Contact Details


Phone: 01 637 3251 between 08:30 & 16:00 Monday to Friday (Please leave a voice message and we will return your call.)

Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups can be found at the end of this page.

Breastfeeding gives your baby the best possible start in life as it has lots of benefits for both you and your baby that last a lifetime.

The promotion, support and protection of breastfeeding are a priority for children’s health in Ireland. Breastfeeding is the biologically normal feeding method for infants and young children and ensures optimum growth and development. There is considerable evidence to demonstrate the importance of breastfeeding for the health of both mothers and infants. Children who are not breastfed have a higher incidence and severity of many illnesses including respiratory tract and urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, otitis media, and diabetes (Victora et al. 2016; Ip et al, 2007, AHRQ, 2007), SIDS and childhood cancers (Ip et al, 2007, AHRQ, 2007).

Breastfeeding is also a significant protective factor against obesity in children (Yan et al 2014). The protective role of breastfeeding extends beyond childhood and is important in the prevention of chronic diseases in adulthood including diabetes (Victora, 2016). Being breastfed has been identified as providing a reduced risk of obesity and Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes (Hector et al, 2010). Breastfeeding also reduces a mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer and diabetes (Victora et al. 2016). Breast milk is vital in helping to reduce Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants, which is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, and neurodevelopmental impairment (AAP, 2012).

What to Expect in the First Weeks of Breastfeeding

The midwives in the hospital have a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience that will assist you during the first few days. Please seek advice and help if you need it. Breastfeeding can seem to be challenging in the initial period, but is worth the effort once you and your baby have learnt each other’s ways. The National Maternity Hospital Breastfeeding booklet* is a great source of information and includes details on what to expect when you are breastfeeding (page 5 on) from Day 1 to 7, Days 7- 14 and from Week 4-8.

* please see 'Support Groups' below for updated Breastfeeding class information. 

Latch On Study

The National Maternity Hospital & University College Dublin have now completed this study.

Many thanks to everyone who participated.




Virtual Support Groups & Clinics

You are invited to attend our Antenatal Virtual Educational Breastfeeding Classes 'Preparing to Breastfeed' via Zoom:

When: 1st  Friday of every month from 12.30 - 2.30pm

            2nd Wednesday of every month from 6.00 - 8.00pm

To book your place, please email


Postnatal Breastfeeding Clinics for Mothers experiencing complications with breastfeeding: 

If you are experiencing difficulty with breastfeeding, you and your baby are welcome to attend our Breastfeeding Clinics.

Venue: Antenatal Education Room, 65/66 Mount Street (adjacent to Holles St.)

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 09.30am to 12.00 noon.

The Clinics are facilitated by the Breastfeeding Team.

To book your appointment, please email


La Leche League
Friends of Breastfeeding

Tongue Tie Management

Tongue Tie Referral Pathway for NMH Babies

1. Tongue tie occurs as a normal anatomical variant and does not always restrict tongue function for breastfeeding. If a tongue tie is identified during your baby’s physical examination, your baby’s breastfeeding should be assessed by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in hospital or at the Breastfeeding Specialist Clinic.                                               

Drop in Breastfeeding Specialist Clinic
Every Thursday 9:30-12:00 hrs
2nd floor 65 Mount Street

2. If the IBCLC identifies that your baby’s tongue tie interferes with his or her ability to breastfeed effectively, the IBCLC will arrange an appointment for your baby at the Baby Clinic to be reviewed by a Paediatric Consultant.

3.  If the Paediatric Consultant determines that a tongue tie division (frenotomy) is indicated, you will be referred to a trained public or private practitioner.    

4. Following the tongue tie division, you are advised to revisit the Breastfeeding Specialist Clinic to help your baby optimise his or her breastfeeding technique after the procedure.

Useful Download: Management of Tongue Tie in Early Infancy
Useful Link: Tongue Tie Information from the HSE 

Useful Downloads

The National Maternity Hospital Breastfeeding Booklet

Parents Guide to the Infant Feeding Policy
Mastitis Information Leaflet For Breastfeeding Mothers
Thrush Leaflet

Breast Engorgement, Nipple Care and Blocked Ducts

Video Clips

Best Beginnings - Illustration of baby attaching at the breast

Ref: Best Beginnings


Dr. Jack Newman - Really Good Drinking


Dr Jack Newman Breastfeeding Video - "Asymmetrical" Latch

Ref: Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC


Hand Expression of Breast Milk



Cleaning instructions for Medela pumpsets

Ref: Medela


How to use Calypso electronic breastpump

Ref: Ardo Medical