While breastfeeding is the optimum way to feed your baby, it is wrong to say that formula is harmful in any way, says Afif EL Khuffash

Many Irish women mix breastfeeding with formula and while health professionals advise exclusive breastfeeding for the early days to establish supply, (...)

Staff at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublinhave raised the money for a new heart ultrasound machine for extremely premature babies through an online initiative. File photograph: Getty.

Christmas has come early for staff at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, who have raised the money for a new heart ultrasound machine for extremely prema(...)

A lack of space in the State’s  busiest maternity hospital is increasing the risk of infection and putting the lives of newborns at risk, the hospital’s master, Prof Fergal Malone, says. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Staff at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin have resorted to online fundraising to buy a new heart ultrasound machine for extremely premature babies becau(...)

Donor breast milk is crucially important for mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their newly-born infants, and can be a life-saving elixir in the case of premature babies. Photograph: iStock

Irish maternity hospitals receive donor breast milk via a volunteer group known as Blood Bikes – motorcyclists who give their free time to deliver ess(...)