University Hospital Galway is offering advice and support for parents and parents-to-be to mark National Breastfeeding Week.
National Breastfeeding Week runs from October 1-7, and promotes the health benefits it provides to both mother and baby.
It is also an opportunity to provide information on supports for parents, and to let them know where they can access this information.
Claire Cellarius, Breast Feeding/Lactation Specialist Midwife at UHG said, “Breastfeeding gives babies the best start for a healthy life and it protects both mum and baby.”
“While it is the most natural way to feed babies it’s also a skill that mum and baby learn during the early days and weeks.”
She added that many mothers need ongoing supports, and that “it’s important that they know they are not alone and that expert help is available to them every step of the way on their breastfeeding journey.”
University Hospital Galway offers Antenatal Breastfeeding Education both in the hospital, and via outreach clinics.
Live webinars with midwives and a consultant neonatologist also take place once a month, which you can register for, or find out more about at www.uhgmaternity.com.
Weekly virtual support clinics for mothers with a Lactation Specialist Midwife are also available. Times and details of which are available at www.mychild.ie.
“Face to face appointments are also available for mothers with breastfeeding concerns or difficulties,” Claire Cellarius said.
“Referrals for face to face appointments can be made through your local Public Health Nurse or GP.”
“Ask the expert – live chat and e-mail support service which provides access to a breastfeeding expert is also available on www.mychild.ie 7 days a week.”
Throughout National Breastfeeding Week there will be information stands in the Maternity Department at UHG.