Friday, 14 December 2012

Car Seat Safety

One of the very first things that you will need when you give birth is a Car Seat. You will not be able to leave the hospital without one, so it is quite an important decision on which to buy.

The law requires all children travelling in cars to use the correct child restraint until they are either 135cm in height or the age of 12, whichever they reach first. After this they must use an adult seatbelt.

That is an awful long time to use something, so it is worth spending a little time researching and deciding on the right one.

Group 0 Carrycot Car Seat

When your baby is first born, they will need either a Group 0, which is for aged 0 to 12 months, a Group 0+ which is until 15 months or a Group 0 to 1 which will last from Birth to 4 years. The 0 to 1 stage car seats are usually fixed in the car, meaning they cannot be used as a travel system. There are many seats on the market and the Car Seats at Bambino Direct give you lots of options.

Group 0 to 1 Car Seat
 
As a mum of six children I have always found the first car seats that attach to a frame to create a travel system much easier and convenient.
When Tyrus was born we had a Carrycot Car Seat that meant he travelled in the car lying flat, he seemed very comfortable in it, but grew very quickly,meaning he was too long for it and it also took up two car seat spaces, which may not be possible for some families, as we have a large bus, it wasn't a problem!!

Once they became too heavy for the Group 0, we changed to a Group 1, which would see them through until about 4 years old. Eowyn has just outgrown hers, so she is now in her `big girl seat'.

Kaide and Neva are still in Car Seats, due to their age, Lochlan is now aged 12 and doesn't have to use a car seat, although he does look much more uncomfortable when trying to fall asleep in the car than the others. Some of the seats for the older children are very luxurious and look like armchairs, some even recline for the ultimate comfortable journey!


 
Whichever Car seat you decide to buy, ensure that it is the correct size and height for the weight and age of your child.
 
this is a featured post giving information on car seat choices.





Tuesday, 27 November 2012

WHY Did You Choose to Breastfeed ?


Tomorrow my little girl will turn 4, and I have been thinking back to her birth and all of the others, and I began to think about being pregnant for the first time.

As you all know I have successfully breastfed all six of my children and have enough milk for most of the East Coast!!

But what made me want to breastfeed. I hear so often why someone chose NOT to breastfeed or why someone chose To bottlefeed, but I would like to know

WHAT MADE YOU BREASTFEED ?

I can remember a mum coming into college whilst I was doing my Nursery Nursing course, talking to us about breastfeeding, the two mums that I babysat for also breastfed, but my mum breastfed me for only 9 weeks, so I wouldn't say she has been a major influence in my decision.

The midwife that was my mentor during my maternity placement is the breastfeeding specialist for the area, but I don't recall her pushing it on me, but I never considered not breastfeeding my baby.

I would be interested to know, and I shall also be asking the ladies at the Baby Cafe why they chose to breastfeed

Answers on a postcard... (not really!) but if you would like to reply below please feel free xxx

Sunday, 25 November 2012

More 4 Mums Review


I am still feeding my youngest, so I still have the excuse to go out and look at pretty Nursing Bras and feeding pyjamas.
I found a wonderful website called More 4 Mums which has an amazing choice of Maternity and Nursing wear.

They have lots of well known brands to choose from and such pretty choices.

I was very fortunate, when the lovely Lynn offered me a Nursing bra to review.

I was sent an Emma Jane Seam Free Padded Nursing Bra.


The bra arrived the very next day, a fantastic speedy service. The bra itself is just so soft and it doesn't even feel as if I am wearing a Nursing Bra. The padded part is great, it means there is always something to catch any leakage, on top of the breast pads, and it doesn't make your nipples show through in this rather chilly weather, like some I have tried!

The website itself is extremely easy to use and the choice of maternity and nursing wear is excellent. The search facility is super quick and I was able to find exactly what I was looking for.
So for any pregnant or breastfeeding mums, I would definitely recommend More 4 Mums, as the first place to look out for your nursing needs.
 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Make A Pledge With Medela


 
Medela are very excited to announce the launch of their new campaign; Make a Pledge.  The campaign gives families a unique opportunity to make a special and personal promise to an important child in their life, through a dedicated microsite www.makeapledge.co.uk

There are plenty of things to think about when a new baby will soon be joining the family. Everyone hopes it will be loved and cared for, but beyond that every parent and family member has a special wish for that child. Whether it’s something simple like promising to teach them how to bake their Grandmother’s chocolate cake, or to take them swimming every Sunday, it’s certainly nice to make a note of that treasured promise. Medela themselves have pledged to support new families in the precious breastfeeding months.

With so much excitement when a new baby arrives, it’s easy to lose sight of things you always imagined you would pass on. The pressures and expectations new families face are enormous, and parents may be overwhelmed by the wealth of decisions they need to make such as; what nappies to use, feeding choices and later down the line what school to select? With these on-going and important choices parents’ can easily forget about the little things. Maybe they’d always dreamed of making a family tree with their child, or going blackberry picking at their local farm. With this in mind Medela have set up a dedicated microsite where parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, siblings and even godparents or family friends can make their individual and personal promise to a child they love, however big or small!

 A promise can be absolutely anything, and best of all everyone who makes a pledge gets a lovely personalised certificate to keep. Dad may promise he’ll be there when his little one scores his first goal, or Mum might pledge to teach her little one her native language. Whatever you pledge, it’s a lovely thing to be able to share with a child when they are older, and you can even keep it in their baby book.  It’s also a brilliant way to let a sibling bond with their little brother or sister. Of course you can pledge to any baby or child whatever their age!

To celebrate the Make a Pledge campaign, Medela have created a video that is sure to give everyone a warm fuzzy feeling! It shares the thoughts of expectant parents and even a little sister talking about her dreams for their new arrival, her pledge was to share her sweeties!  You can watch it here:  

 

 
 So if you have children, are expecting a baby or just have a special little someone in your life make them a personal pledge at www.makeapledge.co.uk

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Freedon Babe Giveaway

I have been breastfeeding for more years than I care to remember. Most of the time I will just feed my baby in public, but there are occasions when I feel more comfortable with something to cover me up, especially when baby gets to that stage of being inquisitive and pulls away mid feed exposing a large part of your breast and nipple!
Freedom Babe  is an online store for breastfeeding accessories and other fantastic nursery products . The Freedom Babe breastfeeding covers are designed to make life easier for new mothers breastfeeding whilst out and about. As the name suggests, the covers give you the freedom to breastfeed anywhere!
They also have for sale other fantastic tried and tested nursery products that fit in with the premise of making life easier for new parents including baby slings, dribble bibs, buggy essentials and bathtime!
Some Features and Benefits of the Breastfeeding Covers:
  • FREE stylish zip fabric bag now available with every cover.
  • Easy to put on with one hand.
  • Maintain eye contact with baby through secure semi-rigid neckline.
  • Quickly and easily switch breasts without having to remove cover.
  • 100% cotton and machine washable.
  • One generous size - Approx 90cm across x 66cm down.
  • Covers tummy! No need for breastfeeding tops.
  • Can be used as a handy sun or wind shade.
Please see the product information page for a full description of the Freedom Babe breastfeeding cover and how to use it.
 
The lovely Dawn at Freedom Babe has kindly given me a Spotty Apron to give away. All you have to do to win this apron, is head over to the Freedom Babe website and have a browse, then come back here and comment below which is your favourite product.
 
Closing Date : 10th December 2012
 
Good Luck
 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Do I Really NeedThe Breastfeeding Doll ?

There is lots of hype around about this doll!
What can I say, well in terms of baby doll it is quite a pretty doll, I have come across some really ugly ones!
Why all the fuss ? Oh of course it has the word breast in its description, and as any breastfeeding mother knows, the word breastfeeding immediately causes uproar!!

If you are a breastfeeding mother you may be scowled at (not always)for feeding your baby in a public place, regardless of if you are showing no flesh whatsoever, you will be labelled the Breastapo by non breast feeding mothers, whether you care two hoots about the way they feed their baby!! Just for the record, I am a pro breastfeeding mother, who is a peer supporter helping other mums to breastfeed, but I never judge,or pass opinion, it is YOUR choice how you choose to feed your baby!

Anyway, back to the cute baby doll, this baby does not come with a bottle, like most of the others on the market.
You do not hear breastfeeding mothers criticising and making dreadful remarks about any of these babies, but it appears it is OK for bottle feeders to do it about this one!!

Some of the comments that I have read regarding this doll really make me shudder, such words as creepy, gross, sexual are just plain wrong, it is a baby doll that makes a noise, just like any other, and it even teaches the child to burp the baby, just imagine an entire generation that has been taught from a young age how to wind a baby, the sales of colic related medication should see a downturn in 18 years time, when all of these toddlers are experts at burping a baby!

Do I like this baby doll ? Yes I do, will I be buying it for my daughter who is about to turn 4 ? No I shall not be Why ? because this doll is not something new, my children have been `feeding their' dolls since I can remember, both boys and girls have breastfed their babies, just by copying me, there is an average age gap of two and a half years between all of my children, therefore they are just at the mimicking stage as I have started a breastfeeding journey and their insitinct is to copy actions they see.

I am totally supportive of anything that makes breastfeeding normalised, but unfortunately anything that tries this, is immediately ridiculed with the breast vs formula debate, which will never be settled and everyone has their own opinion, therefore I could find myself going round in circles...FOREVER

Pregnant Ladies and Nursing Mothers Can Feel Sexy too

As I have stated before I have spent four and a half years pregnant, and twelve years breastfeeding, that is an awful long time to find comfortable underwear!!
I have never been known for a large chest, in fact the statement "any more than a handful is a waste" is one I have definitely used quite often in my late teens!

Until that is, I became pregnant, out of nowhere I actually had a decent sized chest, so it was the perfect excuse to go and buy some new Bras.
Just because you are getting bigger and feeling heavier, doesn't mean you don't have to look good under your Maternity Clothes!

Also, when you have given birth and you are producing enough milk for the entire world population ( I know from experience) having a pretty, feminine Nursing Bra does make you feel like a woman, not just a Milk machine!!
It may even be the reason we kept having so many children! He just found me too appealing in my underwear....

To begin with, I was extremely disappointed with the Maternity and Nursing Bras on offer, (although there are many more choices than when I began my breastfeeding journey nearly 15 years ago) so I started to investigate if any of the underwear companies did these type of bras, and I was pleased to find that they did, I have always loved Figleaves choice of underwear when not pregnant, so was extremely happy to discover that they do Maternity and Nursing Bras also.


The website has a fabulous range of  nursing and maternity bras online at Figleaves.com


After having six children, and still breastfeeding, some of these may well make it to my Christmas List, although I had better keep them covered up, as I do not want to find number seven appearing next year!!
this is a featured post as I DO love nice, girlie Nursing Bras.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Looking For That Perfect Maternity Dress?


I have spent four and a half years of my life pregnant, and throughout that time I LOVED browsing, and then purchasing Maternity Clothes, usually skinny jeans or leggings, teamed with a long top. I have been very fortunate that the inches have only ever gone to my tummy, therefore anything that accentuated my legs was a must!

My Maternity wardrobe was more stylish than my pre pregnancy one, as there are so many amazing Maternity fashions to choose from, and I was quite sad when I no longer needed them, however after each pregnancy I always gave my maternity clothes away, therefore being given the opportunity to purchase new ones, the next time around..

Throughout each pregnancy I have had at least one major event to attend, a wedding, or a Summer Ball and I have spent ages looking for the perfect dress to wear.

The Tiffany Rose website is perfect for that special occasion, it has a range of gorgeous special occasion clothing that will make any pregnant lady feel amazing for her event.

With a sense of style and occasion sewn into every garment, personalised customer service and next day delivery, they offer you the chance to treat yourself to a special outfit, stress free and with peace of mind.
Since its creation in 2003, the business has grown rapidly to become a trusted brand and favourite amongst pregnant women today.
The choice at Tiffany Rose is endless, I am so in love with the dresses, it almost (but not quite!) makes me wish I was pregnant to wear some of these lovely creations.


 
 
 
This is a featured post, I adore maternity clothing.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Peep Baby Giveaway

Following on from my post about covering up whilst breastfeeding, the lovely Allya at peep baby has kindly donated a Black poncho in M/L for one lucky person.


About Peep baby

After having our second child I was determined to carry on breastfeeding in public places with confidence but could not find a suitable nursing cover that was easy to use, or did not draw attention. I didn’t want anything bulky or awkward, I required a breastfeeding top to be modest and cover my entire upper body.

This inspired me to design the Peep Baby Poncho!

Having did my research, in between raising two young boys, I noticed there was a gap in the market for this type of garment. I decided to design my own garment, one that would be stylish and chic as well as being practical for Mum. I designed two sizes S/M and M/L, rather than the common one size which never seemed to fit, a range of attractive colours and, more importantly, sourced the right quality of material in the UK for baby to breathe and move freely.

A great gift for any new mum


The end result were my Peep Baby Ponchos, which are available in four popular colours, black, navy, mocha and olive green. This is an essential maternity top for any Mum. It provides great security, privacy and most of all the freedom to breastfeed anywhere, anytime and to publicly celebrate the gift of Motherhood.

A discreet and comfortable breastfeeding poncho. Lets new mums get back into their favourite clothes whilst still doing the best for their babies. Allows you to keep your feed times with your baby discreet no matter where you are.

  • A v-neck design to maintain eye contact with baby.
  • No time is wasted with straps, poppers or fasteners like many other nursing tops.
  • Two popular sizes, as we do not think one size “fits all comfortably”.
  • S/M - length from shoulder to bottom hem 25 in by 37 in wide.
  • M/L - length from shoulder to bottom hem 28 in by 43 in wide.
  • A double side opening patch pocket.
  • A beautiful curved hem specifically shaped for maximum discretion when feeding baby.
  • Four attractive colour ranges, black, navy, olive green and mocha.
  • Made in England, with 100% soft jersey cotton making it both lightweight and breathable.
  • Can also be used as an emergency changing mat.
  • So easy to use, gives you the confidence to feed anywhere.
  • An essential breastfeeding cover for any stylish mother.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

To Cover Or Not To Cover


There have been many discussions/debates on the topic of covering up whilst breastfeeding, by using a scarf, poncho, nursing cover etc

Whilst I agree that breastfeeding is a prefectly natural thing to do, and we should be able to do it without being made to feel awkward or uncomfortable, there are lots of women that do not feel confident enough to feed without the extra security of something covering them, which I can totally understand.

Many women are perfectly happy with their body and do not mind who sees it, take a look at any beach and you will find thousands of women wearing skimpy bikinis, or going topless without a care in the world.

You will also see many women covered up and trying their best to look invisible, which I think is the same with breastfeeding in public, it is not always about other peoples reactions, but your own personal feelings.

Thinking back over my breastfeeding journey, which began over 14 years ago, I have breastfed many times in public, sometimes with a nursing cover, sometimes without, depending on the situation and the place.

I spend lots of time at the Rugby Club where my husband plays, at the beginning I used to go and feed Xene in the car, as I felt more secure in there, as the time went on and the family size increased it became much more difficult to bundle them all into the car just so I could feed the smallest one, which made me make the decision to just feed our baby in the clubhouse, regardless of who was in there. I am proud to say that I have never had a negative comment, in fact the complete opposite, everyone has been extremely complimentary. This season I sat and fed Tyrus, one of the younger lads looked over and went quite red, he was then met with about five comments from other players that "It was just Mandi getting her boobs out again, only for the baby though!!" which made me chuckle but did not make me feel self conscious in any way.

Everyone has a right to feed their baby in public, without any backlash but as we all know this isn't always the case, therefore, if a Nursing Cover of any description is going to make a new mum feel more confident and secure about feeding her baby then I would rather that she did this and continued with her breastfeeding journey, instead of stopping and going onto formula because she felt too embarrassed.

That is just my opinion, if you would like to offer your own opinion, please comment below xxx

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Three In The Bed !


When I gave birth to Xene, I spent two nights in hospital, being my first baby and to keep an eye on my rocketing blood pressure due to pre-eclampsia.
After two nights I was fed up and wanted to be home in my own house.

That first night at home, I remember so clearly, we had a chair in the corner for me to sit in and feed her, a place for changing her nappy and her lovely little moses basket in the corner of our bedroom, just as I thought it should be set up. When she woke up I dutifully picked her up, then changed her nappy, she probably didn't need it changing but that was what it had said in the book, then I sat in the chair to feed her, after she had finished I winded her and placed her in the cold moses basket, to which she immediately began screaming and proceeded to return most of the milk that I had given her!!

This routine went on for a few nights and I began to realise that I couldn't physically function on zero sleep, so something had to change....

Nappies were no longer changed at every feed during the night, in fact very seldom did I change it during the small hours, and I began feeding Xene lying in our bed, which settled her quickly and she no longer screamed.

I began to feel more confident about caring for her and knew that the slightest murmur from her and I was wide awake (the same could not be said of my husband, who still doesn't hear them 14 years later!!) therefore there was no harm in me sleeping with her next to me in the bed.

At the time it was quite a big issue and I was constantly reading information telling you not to share a bed with your baby, that it was dangerous and you could suffocate them, but I knew that my instincts for taking care of Xene were too great to put her in any danger, plus I was doing her no good being a zombie mum all day.

And so, our journey with co-sleeping began, and it has continued with every child that we have had. I have never made a secret of the fact we co-sleep, it just doesn't come up very often in conversation, a bit like the feeding past age one!!

However I have been rather shocked by some reactions whenever I see an article about co-sleeping, which is the reason I decided to write my final post about this subject.

I have read comments that you will have the child in your bed forever, which is not the case, occasionally we get a visit from Eowyn aged three, but that is usually if she has had a bad dream or needs something. I don't actually think all eight of us would fit in our bed to be quite honest, although at the weekend they do try!! Each child has moved easily and stress free into their own little junior bed, when they have been ready.

I do not drink or smoke, therefore my children are not being put at risk, and I think having them so close to you makes you very aware of their movements and breathing, which I find comforting.

So, there you have it, I CO-SLEEP WITH MY CHILDREN WHEN THEY ARE BABIES....

Thankyou for reading my post, if you have any comments please feel free to leave them below.


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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Peer Supporters Rock !


When I began my breastfeeding journey over fourteen years ago, the level of information and support was very limited. I attended a breastfeeding workshop, which was a two hour group session with my midwife, who happened to be the breastfeeding expert in our area.

I knew that I wanted to breastfeed and was adamant that I would, regardless, I never bought any bottles, or a steriliser. I am one of those people that needs to know as much information as I can about a subject beforehand, so I went to the local library and found as many books as I could about childbirth and breastfeeding, and spent the pregnancy reading them all.

Many things have changed over the past fourteen years, and the level of support and information about breastfeeding has increased quite significantly.
When Tyrus was born last June I was offered a telephone call from the local breastfeeding team, however I felt quite well equipped to deal with my sixth, but it was nice to know if I did have any problems that someone was at the end of a telephone.

The breastfeeding team consists of a group of trained nurses and midwives who are always on hand to answer any questions or queries, they arrange visits to see new breastfeeding mums and their babies, if ever there is a problem someone is always available to help. They also have a  number of voluntary peer supporters who work alongside them.

As the months went by, I made the decision that I had been very fortunate with my breastfeeding journey, although I knew many that hadn't and as it is something I am very passionate about, I enquired about using my knowledge and experience to help others.
In March 2012 I undertook a two day UNICEF training course to become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter.

The area that I am in is Great Yarmouth & Waveney, and the group of supporters that we have are just fab.

Below is a little bit about us :

Breast Friends are a dedicated group of peer supporters, trained in Breastfeeding Management by the UNICEF trained NHS East Coast Community Healthcare Breastfeeding Team.

We are all mothers with personal experience of breastfeeding who come from a variety of backgrounds with very different experiences of our breastfeeding journey.

We are always available at the local Baby Cafes to support mums before and during their breastfeeding experience.

You will also find us offering help and advice at the local hospital, on the maternity ward, delivery suite and Special Care Baby unit.

I love visiting the Baby Cafe and spending time with the new mums and their bundles of joy, and love helping in any way I can. In the future I would like to help pregnant mums with their feeding decisions and possibly go into high schools and give the teenage girls the correct information about feeding before they even begin on their parenting journey. I remember a mum coming to talk to our Nursery Nursing course and that stuck with me, throughout my late teens.

Who did you go to for support and how did they help you with your breastfeeding ?.

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Ten Things My Midwife or Health Visitor Never Told Me About Breastfeeding



The information that we receive before we begin our breastfeeding journey is wonderful, and can help us greatly, this post however with the theme of mum-to-mum sharing hopefully will have you nodding in agreement or laughing along with me, these ten things are my own personal experience, but I hope you get what I mean...

1.       Leaky boobs !

I knew that mums who breastfed were prone to slight leaking, but never knew that each mum had a different amount of milk. I found out after having my first daughter that my milk was in abundance, I vividly remember sitting at home feeding her and my favourite shirt becoming completely soaked, much to the embarrassment of my sister’s boyfriend, who was sat in the room!! Each subsequent birth has been the same, I could probably feed most of Norfolk and Suffolk… as my mother in law says, I certainly have Gold Top!!

2.       Breastfeeding is Orgasmic!

Don’t panic ladies, I don’t mean the scene from `When harry Met Sally’ that every time we breastfeed we started banging the table and shouting Yessss but when we breastfeed Oxytocin is released, also known as the happy drug, and also present after an orgasm, which is why every woman should breastfeed, that way we could all be happy for most of the time - when we are not sleep deprived zombies!!

3.        My Baby looks Drunk!   

If you have a baby that enjoys good long feeds, then you will understand what I am talking about, when they finish their feed they have a glazed look in their eyes and look as if they have had far too much beer!! Not to forget the hypnotic power of feeding your baby, how it is possible just to drop off to sleep, no matter where you are or who you are with, I have been known on a few occasions to actually fall asleep whilst sitting feeding and having a conversation with members of my family, or be watching a film, then realise it has ended and you have no idea what has happened!!

4.       I have my own fountain!

I am still amazed at how far I am able to shoot milk from my breast, my poor babies have all been covered in it, my husband has been soaked by it and if one of the children pulls away whilst feeding I have no control over where it sprays or how far it reaches… Only the other day I was hand expressing whilst in the bath as I felt one of my ducts was becoming blocked, my three year old walked in and stared in amazement, “Wow mummy your booby is like a fountain” for the past few days this has been her main topic of conversation…

5.       I have My Own Cannonballs !

As most of you will know from reading my last post, I have never been blessed with large breasts, only whilst breastfeeding, but what shocked me the most was when the milk comes in, or I haven’t fed for a while, they really do resemble a pair of cannonballs, and I feel so sorry for the baby trying to feed at this stage, it looks like a very difficult job, they really look as if they are working overtime to latch on.



6.       Yes They Are My Own Boobs !
Following on from Cannonball boobs, I was quite amazed when I had full breasts, how many people thought I had gone and had a boob job, I had heard one of the ways to tell was when lying on a beach, someone whose boobs stayed upright and didn’t flop to the sides had probably had a boob job, well let me tell you, someone with engorged breasts or full of milk also keep them in place.
Three years ago I was playing in a Beach Rugby tournament and we had a few well known rugby players taking part, we all had our t-shirts signed by them, one very cheeky chap signed across my chest, and another girls,making a comment about boob enlargement and how he could tell just from looking, I didn’t want to embarrass the rather lovely man, but my breasts had other ideas as they began leaking all over my newly signed t-shirt, the look of confusion and embarrassment on his face made me smirk all day, and now when I see him playing rugby on TV I do chuckle to myself….


7.       Bullet Nipples

And finally, the last part of the breast in this discussion is the nipple, I am still amazed how something so sensitive can turn into what I can only describe as a bullet, I am beginning to see where Madonna got her idea for the cone bra, I read somewhere that they thought it resembled a wet puppy’s nose, and I guess they are right when feeding, however get me out in the cold and I seriously think I could take someone’s eye out!! Thank goodness for padded bras and breast pads…



8.       The Thirst

Is it me, or does everyone find that when feeding they could drink an entire two litre bottle of liquid, seriously, if you suffer from the thirst, you will know exactly what I mean, whenever I sit down to feed one of my little ones I ensure I have a large glass of squash, or if I am feeling particularly low on energy a glass of fizzy (sshh don’t tell my diet, that bans all junk and fizzy!!). I found that with baby number one, when I stayed in hospital for two days I drank lots, I think this was mainly due to boredom as I was the only BF mum, so was in a whole six bedded bay by myself, but when I returned home, I didn’t drink so much, but boy did I start drinking again, the lack of liquid did nothing to dilute the wee and it stung like mad, therefore I would recommend that every new mum drink lots of fluids, to avoid that stinging sensation…

9.       Baby Makes a great bib

Another thing I was never told was just how much it was possible to do whilst breastfeeding your baby, read a book, write a letter, type a breastfeeding post (yes I am doing that now!!) and also to eat your meals, because you can guarantee as soon as you sit down to eat a meal, your little one will feel the need to eat too. Over the years I have learnt never to eat a meal that is either hot or that could stain, as no matter how careful you are, every now and again, a little bit of your meal will find its way onto your baby’s head or arm, sometimes even leg… or is it just me that’s a messy eater !!

10.       ALWAYS label the breastmilk in the fridge.

This may seem like an obvious one, but I thought I would mention it, as my husband has been caught out a few times, and almost had cereal a la breast milk, now I know some people are OK with it, but I am still torn, yes if it was the only thing left in the world I would obviously drink it, but it’s the own body fluid issue I think. There are recipes available for breast milk ice cream, lollies, in fact a few websites list lots of recipes, where you just substitute cow’s milk for breast milk. I remember being at college doing my nursery nursing course and being given the opportunity to try breast milk then, but it has never really grabbed me….


These are just my observations throughout my last 14 years of breastfeeding (OMG really..), if you have any others, please comment below.
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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Benefits of Breastfeeding that I have discovered


I wrote a post a few weeks back about the benefits of Breastfeeding here. This time I am going to give you my own experience of the benefits, with a little humour along the way…

The biggest one for me was the increase in my boobage!!! I have always had little uns, but breastfeeding actually gives me more than a handful, so for all those flat chested mummies, breastfeeding is awesome!!
For me I have found that I have not had a period for about a year each time, so anything that keeps those horrid stomach cramps at bay is worth it in my book, although a little scary as it is always in the back of your mind, could I defy contraceptive methods for a second time and is that the reason for my weight gain ! (think my wonderful husband would have a fit!!)

You are advised to eat 500 extra calories per day whilst breastfeeding, so in my world that means a cream cake every now and again will help with those calories, and I do need the energy!!

Breastfeeding will also burn those calories, I have found that without too much exercise I have slimmed down pretty quickly and there have been interviews with some celebrities that say breastfeeding is the best diet they have ever been on.

Its completely FREE, when I see those tins of formula milk and the price, it makes me shudder, I cannot understand why I would need to spend all of that money, when I could be using it to buy pretty little outfits for madam or master Morrison.

No making bottles or sterilising, the thought of dragging myself out of bed at some disgusting time of night/early morning and having to make up a bottle doesn’t bear thinking about, I can picture it, the kettle would end up in the fridge, the bottle in the milk tin, yes I have been known to put items in strange places through sleep deprivation!! But to have my little one relying on me to do all this properly, when all I have to do is lift them from their moses basket or cot and just get my boob out, there really is no contest for me…


Not to mention, the scientific experiments that state breastfed babies have so much more going for them -  Better neurological development, Better jaw development, Straighter, healthier teeth, Protection against ear infections, Protection against colds, chest infections and sore throats, breastfeeding  Prolongs natural immunity to mumps, measles, polio and other diseases, Lessens chance of eczema and other allergies,  Lower risk of diabetes, Helps prevent obesity and Protection against gastro-enteritis and tummy upsets, all sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it and scary that you may be responsible for all of this in your child….


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These are just some fantastic benefits that I have found whilst breastfeeding my six wonderful children, if you have any others, please comment below.
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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Are You Mom Enough ? Er Yes Thankyou ...






There has been great discussion for the past week about the Time Magazine cover about extended Breast feeding, with everyone having their own opinion!


So i was very interested to hear that Daytime TV Programme This Morning was going to be discussing the topic. I am not a daytime TV watcher, so I set the Sky+ to record and settled down later to watch ....


Watching the interview, the first thing that saddened me was the fact that Sharon Spinx stopped feeding her other child at 5 months because he was starting to lose weight and she had no support, or anyone to turn to and immediately gave up breastfeeding and fed him formula...

However, this time she has a daughter aged 3.5 years and she is still breastfeeding her, as we all know, in our society everyone has an opinion!!


Sitting opposite her, Sonia Poulton, a journalist who thinks mothers like Sharon are selfish and exploiting their child for their own needs ! ? !

It was always going to be a split audience on such a difficult subject. What saddened me the most was that some people could be so venomous, calling mothers that breastfed over 12 months perverse and weird, what gives people the right to judge others like this!!
I could just as easily say that mothers that had decided for no reason other than "they don't want to" breastfeed, as completely selfish and a rubbish mother, but I would never dream of it....(that is not my opinion, just proving a point!)

As you all know I have breastfed all of my children past 12 months, and weaned them when THEY were ready, I do not consider myself in any way weird, and certainly not perverse!

My opinions on the Time Front Cover ? I think it was put there to provoke a response and get everyone talking about Time Magazine, which it has succeeded in doing, do i think it has helped breastfeeding in any way, shape or form ? NOT AT ALL....

As I promised when I began this blog, no pushy breastfeeder here, and I think the headline further damages the message of trying to encourage breastfeeding, in fact it is doing the opposite and making mums that do not breastfeed feel inadequate.

I cannot express enough the benefits of breastfeeding, but I know that there are some mums, for whatever reason cannot feed their babies, and I don't feel that we should make them feel any less of a Mum just because they have not breastfed.

I'm sure there must be comments out there .....





Thursday, 10 May 2012

You Can Breastfeed Here !


This post is about places that are happy for you to Breastfeed at their premises, or not!
It will not be a big Name and Shame, more a celebration of good customer service, although if you have a problem with somewhere, maybe the readers would like to know!

If you have any successful stories or horror stories, please let me know at breast4babies@yahoo.co.uk and I shall add to the list.

I am pleased to say that, so far I have heard nothing but praise  in my local area for ...

Barclays Bank, Lowestoft Suffolk
TK Max Great Yarmouth will offer you a place to go and feed.
Royal Bank of Scotland, Great Yarmouth
Southwold Pier
Kwik-Fit Lowestoft
Beales, Lowestoft

And from other mummies countrywide ...

Costa Coffee, have nice comfortable sofas to feed!
Debenhams
StarBucks
Pizza Hut
John Lewis

One mum has reported that her local Dorothy Perkins was not at all helpful and she had to beg to use a changing room to feed her screaming baby!  Such a shame as I am sure many of their clients are mums with little babies.

and the star award so far goes to ...

Marks and Spencers in Manchester

One mummy reported that they were amazing, whilst she was BF her daughter, they bought her a coffee on the house.Its so nice to hear positive news, well done Marks and Spencers xxx