When you’re struggling to get pregnant, and find yourself doing fertility treatment in order to get that magic pink line, you don’t really let yoursel(...)

Fiona Mulcahy and her children Luna and Glen Óg at home in Portarlington, Co Laois. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed was a question that never entered Fiona Mulcahy’s mind as she planned for the arrival of her first born. From th(...)

Having pumped   breastmilk ready and available is useful as it increases the supply for supplemental feeds

Hospital support for breastfeeding is only the start. It is what happens in the home and the community that is likely to determine if mother and baby (...)

Louise Renwick with her children Shay (3) and Bobby (10 months) and members of the “Wine and Whine” Blessington Mums community support group. Photograph: Alan Betson

“So what is it about having a baby that is so hard?” The woman who was three months pregnant with her first baby wasn’t being smart. And she wasn’t re(...)

Louise Renwick with her children Shay (3) and Bobby (10 months) who runs the Blessington mums community support group. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is a lot of professional help out there for parents but sometimes you just need peers to tell you not what you should be doing but how it actual(...)

Almost by chance, Elle Magazine Australia is promoting the beauty of breastfeeding by showing a model breastfeeding her baby on the cover. The June(...)

Public Health nurse Margaret Scargill in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Primary care team Public health nurses are generalists. The community is our client and we see everyone from mothers and babies to older people(...)

“Eight-year-olds worry about their weight, and 13-year-olds worry about whether they are ‘hot’ enough,” says author  Steve Biddulph. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Fourteen is the new 18,” is what parenting educator and author Steve Biddulph hears all the time from mothers talking about their daughters. “(...)

Rachel Lane (left) with her daughter, Juliet (2), and Marie Dunne, organisers of the Babytalk Festival, to be held at the O’Reilly Hall, UCD. Photograph: Eric Luke

Over-thinking every step of the parenthood journey – from trying to conceive to raising the child – is hard to avoid when you are deluged with well-me(...)

Founding an outdoor playgroup, Free-Range Kids, with two other mothers continues to be an exciting adventure

When I was younger I always imagined I would have both a job and kids, and be busy but happy. The idea of balancing it all appealed to me.But when I h(...)