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'I was so determined to breastfeed my new baby after mastectomy'

Orla McGregor had just finished nursing her third child when she was scheduled for breast removal after biopsy results confirmed cancer, writes Chrissie Russell. Weeks later she discovered that she was pregnant with her fourth child

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Moneyglass mother-of-four Orla McGregor with Erin (7), Aoibheann (5), Fionnbar (3) and baby Dearbhla. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd

Moneyglass mother-of-four Orla McGregor with Erin (7), Aoibheann (5), Fionnbar (3) and baby Dearbhla. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd

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Moneyglass mother-of-four Orla McGregor with Erin (7), Aoibheann (5), Fionnbar (3) and baby Dearbhla. Photo: Press Eye/Darren Kidd

On November 2 last year, Orla McGregor and her husband James stood beaming for family photos at the baptism of their baby daughter Dearbhla.

It was a double celebration for the family of six, marking not only their youngest's Christening but also the seventh birthday of the couple's eldest daughter, Erin.

Their photos of the day are beautiful. Baby Dearbhla is gorgeous in her gown, all gummy smiles and chubby cheeks while Erin, her younger sister Aoibhinn (4) and brother Fionnbar (2) smile for the camera, decked out in their best coats and shoes. Proud mammy Orla stands behind them looking happy and healthy.


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