A GROUP of mothers are urging new mums not to go it alone and look for support to help them breastfeed their babies.
Five out of every 10 babies born in Ireland are breastfed on leaving hospital, compared with eight out of every 10 in the UK.
And just four in 10 babies here are still breastfed at three months – despite evidence showing it protects their health and promotes their growth and development.
A group of mothers spoke out at Lusk Community Centre, north Dublin, to mark National Breastfeeding Week.
Aine Conneff, from Lusk, who attends the weekly group with 13-week-old baby Oisin, said: "When I started out I said I'd do it for the first couple of months, now I don't want to stop.
"The midwives and my public health nurse were really encouraging.
"After five or six days everything started to click. Every breastfeed is good for his health and helps him develop."
Three other mothers from Lusk, including Nicola Browne and Sandra O'Connor, share some of their helpful breastfeeding tips in one of the video clips on the HSE website www.breastfeeding.ie.