I'm really passionate about supporting mothers and their families through their breastfeeding journey and aside from giving you all the information you need to empower you to have the best experience possible, it's nice sometimes to have a rant about some of these issues!
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I'm very excited to be able to share my latest breastfeeding snack. This is soooo easy and nutritious, and my favourite bit is that it's got protein in it and I can take it out with me as it keeps itself cold!!!
I love berries in general and to have them not cooked is so much better for me as they aren't losing all their vitamin c content. Enjoy!!!
We have been waking earlier and earlier lately, hardly surprising given the sun is getting up before 5am now. Our days are regularly starting at 4-4:30 and it's getting a bit tiring, but earlier bed times for me are helping!
I think it would be easier if we didn't have a toddler as I think our baby would go back to sleep after his early wake, but the toddler comes in at around 5:15 so no one goes back to sleep.
Anyway, we get to see some spectacular surmises some days!
I always found breastfeeding lying on my side really hurts my hips after a while, so I decided to show you guys a video of how I breastfeed on my back to help keep my hips from being sore, and help me not worry about squashing my baby!
Soooo, I've been logging every feed, sleep, nappy change etc (and it is starting to become a little tedious!!) buuuutttt, I thought it might be interesting for you all to see another baby's sleep and wake pattern, frequency and duration of breastfeeds etc!
I've kept it for 3 months now, and will probably keep going til he's 6 months (maybe, it is a bit annoying!) - Anyone want more? Less?
It's been a while between posts because life has intervened. I have solar powered children, and this morning the littlest woke up before sunrise..... at 4am!! I'd had two 4:30 starts in the last week too...... Leads to a tired mama at night! I can't complain too much though as I'm not getting woken much overnight anymore!
Anyway, I've been wanting to post about the football underarm hold. I found using this position really awkward to get right. Both my boys were long at birth and they just didn't fit without hitting the back of the couch. I had real trouble trying to use this hold, but it's so fabulous for clearing blocked ductws in the outer part of the breast that I needed to get around my problem!!
It's always worth knowing how to increase fertility even if you're not wanting to fall pregnant because you can avoid falling pregnant more easily!If you're breastfeeding 8 or more times a day and this includes a feed somewhere around 3am then you are far less likely to get your period than if you aren't feeding overnight and are cutting back breastfeeds.There are other things you can do to help get your hormones working for having another baby though and that is look after your digestion and diet. Check out the link below for more information.
The 3rd photo gallery page is up to peruse! Our first photo for this page is not one of the pretty ones, it's more to show what a blister on a newborn's lip looks like. This means your baby hasn't opened their mouth up wide enough and is using their lips to keep the nipple far enough into their mouth so the areola rubs past them a bit much and makes a blister - amazing that they can still feed hey?!
Page 2 of the Breastfeeding Babies photo gallery is here! Check out some of the cute shots and get a bit of blogging about my adventures in parenting nad breastfeeding. This little cheeky face is one I'm loving watching change and grow. Smiling while breastfeeding is so cute!!
I've finally managed to get a photo gallery started. I'm getting all the shots from the site that I've taken (plus a couple of awesome other ones) and commenting on them plus telling you how I got the look with my digital SLR. Come and check it out!
A fear of nursing in public is one of the most common reasons given by mothers who stop breastfeeding (apart from breastfeeding problems or milk supply), so I've made a few videos to show you just how easy it is to discreetly breastfeed in public! The first shows a good nursing top, and the second shows how you can use a wrap to help you cover up.
To see the videos click the link at the bottom of the post
This first one show you how when you have a good nursing top you can easily be quite discreet.
My top tips for getting this to work well are:
• Get your bra unclipped and fold it under your breast before moving your top
• To kee your bra clip out of your baby's face fold the cup in half and tuck it under your breast so the clip is pointing towards your arm pit
• Get your baby positioned on your arm before you move your top to expose your nipple
• Practice nursing in public discreetly at home before you try it out and about!!!
How to Use a Wrap to Be Discreet
So, in bullet point format to make it easier for you to remember: • Fold your muslin into a triangle
• Anchor one point into your bra strap
• Take the rest of the wrap around the back of your neck and around the point of the other shoulder
• Have the long edge of the wrap going down along your forearm
• DON'T just come straight over your shoulder, you won't be able to see whether your baby is latched properly!
• Tuck the wrap into where your hand is supporting your baby
• Allow the rest of the wrap to fall over your belly if you're going to lift up your top to breastfeed
• Attach your baby
• Hey presto, discreet nursing in public!
For all the other information and to check out the videos click the link below