Breastfeeding Information and Resources Guide
The World Health Organisation recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. The introduction of complementary weaning foods should take place at 6 months with continued breastfeeding until 2 years or beyond.
The following resources and support groups are available to provide information and support to expectant and breastfeeding mothers and anyone interested in learning more about breastfeeding.
- HSE booklet 'Breastfeeding your baby' available to order free at: http://www.breastfeeding.ie/
Breastfeeding WHO information:
- Publications and statistics on breastfeeding including a brief 10 facts slide presentation on its benefits for mother and child:
Breastfeeding support groups
- Cuidiú's motto is education and support for parenthood. They aim to provide information to parents which allows them to make informed choices about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
- They also run breastfeeding support groups nationally.
- HSE supported website providing information and links with local support groups: http://www.breastfeeding.ie/support/choose_county/
Breastfeeding Supportive Practices
- This website explains the Baby Friendly Health initiative in Ireland (BFHI).
- It contains information resources for parents and health professionals on supportive practices to facilitate breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding and employment advice
Created by the Paediatric Dietitians’ Interest Group (PDIG) of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) November 2015. Review date: November 2018
© 2015 Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute, INDI. All rights reserved. May be reproduced in its entirety provided the source is acknowledged. This information is not meant to replace advice from your medical doctor or individual counselling with a dietitian.
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