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I just had my 3rd baby and it's a girl after 2 boys and I'm breast feeding with success this time. U ... (read more)
By Debbie Gleeson, Limerick

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thanks, Emer those Boob tops are the best design I've come across, breastfeeding in public is a bre ... (read more)
By Coralline

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Just a quick mail to say thank you for your quick shipment (received this morning) of the bubí bain ... (read more)
By Sinead O'C.

Confidence while breastfeeding

Loved all the tops and have put one to good use already - very discreet and great for building my co ... (read more)
By Claire, Co. Monaghan

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I ordered 2 Twilight Ladybug Nightlights (1 red, 1 pink!) and am absolutely thrilled with them. They ... (read more)
By Caitriona

Testimonial by Aisling

Many thanks for the Japanese Weekend shapes top , it's lovely and looks trendy as well. People would ... (read more)
By Aisling Brock

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Thank you so much for the speed at which you got the nightlight to me. I was a bit frought as my li ... (read more)
By Sarah K., Naas, Co. Kildare

Quick shipment

Just a quick mail to say thank you for your quick shipment (received this morning) of the bubí bain ... (read more)
By Sinead O'C.

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By Lorraine Keane, TV Presenter, mum and style junkie

Buggysnuggle

Just bought a buggysnuggle in warm stripe and it was delivered the next day! Really delighted with ... (read more)
By Leah Kennedy

Feed without baring all

I received my package today thank you. It's good to be able to feed my beautiful baby girl without ... (read more)
By Niamh, Co. Cork

A godsend!

Your website has been a godsend! Am already spreading the word! (read more)
By Edel, Co. Galway

Testimonial by Sandra Murphy

Just wanted to say how impressed I have been by the quality of the nursing wear and the service prov ... (read more)
By Sandra Murphy

FangFang Guo, China

I have received my parcel today. It's really fast and the products are great. Thank you so much: ... (read more)
By FangFang Guo, China

Received everything in record time

I received all your products last week in record time. Everything is great, thank you. (read more)
By Vicki, Wicklow

Testimonial by Olivia, Kildare

Hi Emer, Received my order today. just want to say how pleased i am with the fantastic and quick ser ... (read more)
By Olivia Hughes

Well dressed

Thank you so much I received my order today and love them. Now I can feel well dressed and feed my b ... (read more)
By Mairead Wynne

Keep up the good work!

Thanks so much as always for your prompt response. My package arrived today. Delighted with the teet ... (read more)
By Niamh English

great service

Hi Emer, my order arrived last Friday. Thanks very much for the great service. Regards Thelma (read more)
By Thelma Birrane

Attention to detail

Many thanks for the stroller fleece which arrived today.....When the package arrived today I was ver ... (read more)
By Seamus G., Co.Kildare

Fantastic Website

I have just come across your fantastic website. Have been trawling the net for nursing bras, tops et ... (read more)
By Laura, Co.Limerick

I wish I had found you sooner

Just wanted to say what a great shop you have, and I wish I had found it sooner! I have trekked all ... (read more)
By Carrie, Belfast

Your professionalism

I do applaud your professionalism and will relay same to my Breastfeeding buddies. (read more)
By Claire, Co.Kerry

great service

Hi Emer, my order arrived last Friday. Thanks very much for the great service. Regards Thelma (read more)
By Thelma Birrane

A breath of fresh air

I would like to take this opportunity to compliment you on your service. The speed, efficiency and f ... (read more)
By Ellen, Co. Cork

Stylish

Congratulations on a great concept stylish maternity/nursing clothes. Being Irish, I am especially k ... (read more)
By Sandra L, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

No longer housebound

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By Lorraine Keane, TV Presenter, mum and style junkie

Thanks

Thanks for getting my order out so quickly - am very comfy in my nursing bras!! Twins on the way so ... (read more)
By Emma De Faoite

Great gifts for friends

Dear Once Born, Many of my friends have had babies recently and as I have a wee one of my own, OnceB ... (read more)
By Victoria Smurfit, actress, mum and cake eater!

Great service as always!

Dress arrived yesterday, it's perfect thanks. Great service as always! (read more)
By Karen Matthews

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Breast feeding

Breast feeding

Why is breastfeeding best for my baby?

* Breastfeeding is uniquely suited to meet both the physical and emotional needs of your baby. At your breast, your baby will find the perfect nourishment for his growing body, as well as the love and security he needs for his healthy development.
* Breast milk provides an important source of immune factors. The breastfed baby receives antibodies through his mother's milk. Breast milk also contains living cells that act against bacteria in the infant's stomach.
* Breastfed babies have fewer respiratory illnesses. They even have fewer colds. Breastfed babies are less likely to get serious illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia.
* Breastfed babies have fewer allergies. When compared with formula feeding, total breastfeeding for six months results in a lower incidence of allergies. Breastfed babies are less likely to be troubled by eczema and nappy rash.
* Breast milk protects against illness. Breastfed babies have less gastro-enteritis, less vomiting, fewer ear infections, and fewer hospital admissions than bottle-fed infants.

Why is breastfeeding best for me?

* Breastfeeding encourages bonding. Breastfeeding provides a rich emotional experience for both mother and baby, reinforcing their need to be together. Frequent breastfeeding means lots of skin to skin contact and lots of time spent getting to know one another.
* Breast milk helps to keep baby happy and content. Because breast milk is easily digested, breastfed babies are less likely to be troubled by wind and stomach upsets. The frequent contact with their mothers through breastfeeding helps them to feel secure.
* Breast milk needs no preparation. It is always available at the right temperature. Breastfeeding is ideal for travelling and for night feeds.
* Breastfeeding helps you get back in shape. Breastfeeding makes it easier to shed the extra pounds put on during pregnancy, because the demands of milk production use up extra energy.

Facts about breastfeeding:

* Mothers milk cannot be duplicated because, in reality, no two mothers produce identical milk. Even the milk of an individual mother varies from day to day and during different times of the day - just as other fluids and systems in our bodies fluctuate.
(Harzer,G: Changing patterns of human milk lipids in the course of lactation and during the day. AM J Clin Nutr 1983; 37:612-21.)
* Human milk contributes to higher intelligence and improved motor development later in life. At age 7½ to 8 years, even when adjusted for confounding factors such as parental education, socio-economic status, gender and the need for mechanical ventilation, children who had received human milk as premature babies scored an average 8.3 points higher on IQ tests than children who had been fed formula. (Lucas 1992) In another study, of full term babies, long term intelligence and improved motor development directly correlated with duration of breastfeeding. (Lucas, A et al. Breastmilk and subsequent intelligence quotient in children born preterm. Lancet 1992; 339:261-64. Rogan, W. and Gladen, B. Breastfeeding and cognitive development. Early Human Dev 1993; 31:181-93.)
* Breastfeeding mothers talk to, touch and interact more with their babies. Studies show that they also respond more quickly to their babies cries and are more affectionate towards their babies. (Virden,S.F. The relationship between infant feeding method and maternal role adjustment. J Nurs Midwif 1988;33(1):31-35.)
* Research has shown that breastfed children are less susceptible to dental cavities than their bottle-fed counterparts and are less likely to need orthodontic treatments. (Labbok, M.H., Hendershot, G.E.: Does breastfeeding protect against malocclusion? An analysis of the 1981 Child Health Supplement to the National Health Interview Survey. Am J Prev Med 1987;3 (4):227-232
* There is evidence that both in the developing and developed world, breastfeeding protects against gastro-enteritis. A recent study (Howie P.W. 1990) concluded that breastfeeding during the first 13 weeks of life confers protection against gastrointestinal illness for up to one year of age. (Howie, P.W. et al. B M J 1990;300:11-16)

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