Midwife & Breastfeeding Consultant


Clare has worked with her mothers to produce a film about the experience of breastfeeding. The film has had almost 7,000 views on Youtube and has been shown on RTE's Today show as well as generating newspaper articles in the Irish Tmes and Irish Examiner. Click here to watch the movie.  

Clare now runs regular day long Antenatal Classes in Cork City.  

She also teaches a Preparing for Breastfeeding class for pregnant women in Cork. She has a breastfeeding clinic near Kinsale, Co. Cork.Clare says “Breastfeeding brings so many health benefits and although it can sometimes be a bit challenging to start with very quickly it becomes a wonderful experience for both mother and baby”.



Breastfeeding is meant to be a pain free and enjoyable experience for both mum and baby.   However, some women experience pain with breastfeeding right from the very first feed making breastfeeding anything but enjoyable.   Pain with breastfeeding is always a sign that there is a problem and it needs to be addressed promptly with skilled breastfeeding help.    Most issues to do with painful latching can be resolved by a lactation consultant helping the mum improve the latch.  However, sometimes the latch looks great but still be causing pain to the mum!   In this situation it is possible that the baby has a tongue tie. 


National Breastfeeding Week 2012  was from October 1st through 7th and the purpose of the week was to highlight the importance and value of breastfeeding to the health of mum and baby.  I like to think of National Breastfeeding Week as an opportunity for us to celebrate all the wonderful benefits that breastfeeding has to offer.  I marked National Breastfeeding Week by hosting a “Celebrating Breastfeeding Party” in the Trident Hotel, Kinsale on 4th October – there was a great turn out and prizes, cake and lots chat and laughter!   Coffee mornings were hosted around the country by breastfeeding support groups and there was also the superb breastfeeding challenge organised by Friends of breastfeeding.

We all know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby.  Research studies have repeatedly demonstrated that babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from asthma, eczema, chest infections, urinary tract infections, diarrhoea, constipation, juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity.

Most people think that the main purpose of breast milk is to make a baby grow and put on weight. However, breast milk is extremely versatile and has many other functions.  

On the whole, women’s hormones tend to get a bad rap. They get blamed for all our irrational behaviour and we often think that they’re a bit of nuisance and interfere with us getting on with our lives.  

Imagine you are on a long and challenging journey, it is stressful, painful and although necessary to undertake it is also completely out of your control.

In recent research published this year in the medical journal Pediatrics two scientists set out to estimate the annual cost to the United States of babies not being breastfed according to medical recommendations.*

With Clare's support I have managed to feed my son exclusively and he is now over 8 months old. Thanks Clare.


I feel a lot more relaxed about giving it [breastfeeding] a try and knowing I can ring for help if I do encounter problems.

Anne, September 2011