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Breastfeeding and rooming-in

Rooming-in is when mothers and their babies are kept in the same room in hospital. Most Irish maternity hospitals have a compulsory rooming-in policy. This means your baby will stay with you for 24 hours a day. They won't stay in a nursery overnight.

When in hospital, your baby sleeps in a cot next to your bed where you can observe them and respond to them as needed. If you are recovering from a caesarean section, you should be given the right care to make sure you and your baby can stay together.

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Establishing breastfeeding

Rooming-in is particularly helpful for establishing breastfeeding. During this time together, you get to know your baby’s feeding cues. Feeding cues are signs that your baby is hungry.

Benefits of rooming-in

Rooming-in means that you will be more comfortable caring for your baby when you go home.

In cases where you or your baby are ill, rooming-in may not happen straight away. Sleeping in the same room is still a valuable experience to have when you are both are home and well.

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page last reviewed: 19/06/2019
next review due: 19/06/2022

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