Across Ireland South Women and Infants Directorate, breastfeeding is encouraged, supported and promoted. Our Midwives are on-hand  to help you establish good breastfeeding practices in the days after your baby is born and beyond.



Our breastfeeding antenatal preparation class is now running online every Monday morning from 10:00 to 12:30.

Bookings can be made by contacting Please include your FULL name, email, MRN and due date in the email.

The interactive classes cover these topics:

The importance of breastfeeding

Attachment and positioning

How breastfeeding works

Issues that may affect the latch


How to know all is going well

Recognising when baby needs to feed  

How can Dads and partners give practical support

Hand expressing colostrum

Community Supports

Due to high volumes of bookings, we request that you do not book your classes until you are 32 weeks pregnant.

BREASTFEEDING VIDEOS:  Please visit our list of videos, many filmed in Cork University Maternity Hospital, useful for breastfeeding mothers - find out more


HELPFUL RESOURCES:  View and download a list of useful resources below.

We highly recommend visiting the HSE parenting and breastfeeding community at  This website is a great resource offering the ability to chat live to a Lactation Consultant online, as well as a search facility to locate a breastfeeding support group near you.

Is breastfeeding safe if the mother has Coronavirus?    Please visit our dedicated website for Information on COVID-19 for pregnant women