Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding and Lactation Support

The Rotunda Hospital recommends breastfeeding because it is the best start in life for babies. We are accredited as a ‘baby friendly’ hospital, which means that we provide a high standard of care so that pregnant women and new mothers receive the support they need to breastfeed successfully.

The Rotunda hospital promotes breastfeeding as the healthy way a woman can feed her baby. Research shows that breastfeeding can really help to start your baby off on the road to good health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for infants and recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

There is, however, more to breastfeeding than simply providing food. The very intimate relationship that develops between a breastfeeding mother and her baby can also help the behavioural and emotional development of the baby. During the antenatal period, the doctors and midwives will discuss breastfeeding with you and answer any questions you may have.


We hold virtual antenatal breastfeeding workshops on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm. All women are encouraged to attend this workshop once during pregnancy from 28 weeks onwards. This session is in addition to the parent education classes, which all women are encouraged to attend. Early booking is advisable as these sessions are very popular.

If you are a public patient, please phone 01 873 0596 or 01 873 0632 to book your place.

If you are a private or semi-private patient, please phone 01 874 2115 or 01 874 0992, respectively to book your place.

Please find some useful links below:

Understanding Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding in the Early Days

Your Baby’s Position

Continuing to Breastfeed

Further Reading

Breastfeeding Support Groups

In the Rotunda we have a breastfeeding support group, which usually meets every Thursday morning at 11.30 am but please ring to confirm that the session is going ahead.

If you have any problems with feeding at home the lactation midwife in the hospital is only a phone call away at 01 8171700, Monday to Friday.

There are community support groups in your area and meetings are usually held in the local health centre. Your public health nurse will tell you the date and time.

For further information and support, please contact:
Baby Friendly Health Initiative:
Cuidiú – Irish Childbirth Trust:
HSE Breastfeeding Support:
La Leche League Ireland:
The Breast Way: