A Kildare nurse has become the go-to for online breastfeeding advice for Irish mums 1 month ago

A Kildare nurse has become the go-to for online breastfeeding advice for Irish mums

Becoming a mum in the middle of a global pandemic has no doubt been hard for so many mums across the globe – and right here in Ireland too.

Gone were support networks like mum and baby groups, breastfeeding groups and even time with friends and family was taken away.

Our whole social network went online and online is also where new mums had to turn for support, help and advice.

Something a Kildare nurse has experienced herself, as she found herself overwhelmed by the response to her online services due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through nursingmama.ie, Katie Mugan offers unique antenatal supports in the form of breastfeeding preparation, newborn care classes and most recently, a Weaning from Breastfeeding workshop; which has proved hugely popular.

With over twenty years’ experience as a Registered General and Paediatric Nurse, and currently practising part-time as a Public Health Nurse with the HSE, Katie established her own private practice after qualifying as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2019.

Through her extensive experience in the community, Katie witnessed many parents feeling anxious and overwhelmed, unsure about breastfeeding, and was passionate about sharing her knowledge to help them succeed and thrive through those early stages.

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Throughout the various lockdowns, Katie hosted regular live Q&A’s on her popular Instagram profile where she shares useful tips on formula preparation, winding positions and baby massage. She has seen a surge in new parents looking for advice in all areas of infant care.

Talking about her services, Katie explained:

“I have been overwhelmed by the response from new mums and dads during the last year. Hospital and postnatal supports have been negatively affected by the pandemic and with the added pressure on hospitals so many new parents are reaching out to me for support and advice. As a Mum to four children between the ages of two and ten, I’m greatly aware of the challenges of adjusting to life as a parent to a newborn. I’m delighted to be able to help other parents at the start of their parenting journey.”

Luckily, the experienced nurse (and mum-of-four) has some helpful advice for any new mother planning to breastfeed:

  • Attend an antenatal breastfeeding preparation class - knowledge is power
  • Try to get baby to the breast for the first feed within the first hour where possible
  • For optimal latch, bring chin to breast, allow the head to tilt back, wait for a wide-open mouth and bring baby onto the breast
  • Breastfeeding should not be painful, if you are having issues seek help early

For more information and to book a consult with Katie check out www.nursingmama.ie

Katie also offers one to one in person and online consultations for lactation support and newborn care. She also shares useful tips and advice as well as hosting regular live Q&A’s on her popular Instagram profile.