Today we have another Guest Post from a mum who is sharing her real life experience of Breastfeeding….Written by Becky who blogs at http://www.themummyadventure.com/
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, but it doesn’t always come naturally to us. With both children I have had it easy, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been on a constant journey, learning all along the way.
I still remember the early weeks with Dylan, hiding in public toilets as I learnt how to latch him on properly, and panicking the whole time that I would walk out to a long queue of wheelchairs waiting to come in. It took me weeks before I would feed Dylan in public and as soon as I mustered up the confidence, I discovered the handy feeding rooms located all over our local shopping centre. By this point I had cracked it though, a muslin tucked into a bra strap, the layers to pull up and down and the art of eating cake as I fed (making the most of those extra calories I was allowed!)
When I had a second baby, that confidence was already there and luckily my little man took to breastfeeding as naturally as his brother had. I saw no reason why my baby should feed in a smelly toilet and from the very first days, I have fed him wherever and whenever he is hungry. I still prefer to cover up, but after feeding in front of mirror I am very aware of quite how big a baby’s head is and how much it covers!
It took me a few weeks to work out that a relaxed mum makes for a relaxed baby and breastfeeding is so much easier when you stop worrying about what anyone thinks. It is the most natural thing in the world, so if it works for you then make sure you eat that extra slice of cake you are allowed!
For the duration of World Breastfeeding Week 2013 (1st August – 7th August) we shall be running lots of guest posts from real life mums, who will be sharing their experiences. We also have this little lot to giveaway!
Nursing Poncho £18
Nursing Shawl £18
Supersize Muslin £12
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Today kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, we have the lovely Jennifer Dixon from My Mummies Pennies, giving her experiences of Breastfeeding and juggling returning to work….
When I had my son I really struggled with breastfeeding and ended up feeling like I’d let both him and myself down when I stopped after just two months.
Therefore with my daughter, 3 years later I was determined to take each day as it came, I would breastfeed for as long as I could but not put myself under too much pressure. I would be proud to have fed her for however long I could manage.
So as you can imagine, I was quite surprised when 11 months later, as I was getting prepared to go back to work , I was still going strong and realised I’d still be feeding her when I returned to working eight hour days in the office. I hadn’t planned for it but now I would have to figure out how I would combine being both a working mother and a breastfeeding one…
After chatting to friends and checking out some really useful websites, I built up the courage to call HR and was really surprised about how open and encouraging they were about the idea of me expressing in the office! I knew that as my employer, they had legal obligations but I had prepared myself for some resistance.
For a few weeks before I started back I arranged for a relative to take my daughter out for the afternoon so she was used to spending some time away from me and I could get expressing. By this point I had tried a few different pumps but hadn’t been able to produce more than a few ounces at a time until I invested in a double electric pump which felt so strange at first but soon I was pumping for England and the freezer started to fill up…
It wasn’t just work that I had been worried about but also my daughter’s childcare, after a long search I had found what I believed to be the perfect nursery, the facilities were great, the staff were friendly and approachable and they were happy to use cloth nappies and encourage BLW, but how would they react to me sending in bags of frozen breastmilk for my one year old daughter? Would this be a step too far?
I needn’t have worried at all as they were great about it and really put my mind at rest by confiding that my daughter would not be the only child at nursery still nursing.
It wasn’t long before my maternity leave was over and my first day back at work had arrived! After dropping my almost one year old at nursery with no tears (from her anyway!) off I trotted to the bus stop, loaded up bags filled to the brim with my breastpump, milk storage bags, a cool bag with ice blocks and a spare top (just in case!)
It went quite smoothly and I actually enjoyed my ‘pumping time’ in the quiet room, it was time to reflect on my day and think about my children. I had thought that my colleagues may resent this time and as skiving, however their reaction was really positive and I found that a few of them had breastfed their children past a year too!
I continued to nurse my daughter until she self-weaned at 23 months and I know that the support I got on my return to working life helped this wonderful journey.
Guest post from Jen who blogs at My Mummy’s Pennies.
You can also find Jen on Facebook and Twitter.
Starting tomorrow, World Breastfeeding Week runs from 1st August through to 7th August, with lots of planned activities and even the world record attempt ‘Big Latch On 2013‘ , we think this is a fantastic way to raise awareness of Breastfeeding and the support there is available for women.
At Minene we shall be joining in the week, with giveaways, guest posts from real life mothers, and even a post from a ‘peer support volunteer’. There will be lots going on and you can read all about it here: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
After a long day playing, there is nothing better than getting the little people in the bath and getting them washed clean, before popping them into clean pyjamas.
Pyjamas have not only got to look lovely, but they have an important function…they have to be comfortable for little people to wear for a good 12 hours! Minene pyjamas are made from 100% cotton, so they help keep the children comfortable.
They come in a very cute organza bag and bow, so make they make the perfect gift too.
You can find the full range online at: http://www.minene.co.uk/shopdetails/cid/clothing/pid/346
Our school holidays have kicked off here, and each day is now a flurry of activities to keep the children all amused. One of their most favourite things to do is good old fashioned Painting.
I know many parents worry about the mess when I mention the word paint, but honestly it doesn’t have to be messy at all. I invested in a plastic easel which is wipe clean, and I always use a plastic sheet underneath. I found the best plastic mats are actually the disposable tablecloths that are left over from the kids birthday parties. If you are still worried then why not take the painting outside.
I love letting the children loose outside with paints, it really is great for letting get messy. I also make sure they are wearing an apron to help protect their clothes. Of course the aprons we use are the Minene Apron which comes included with paints and a paintbrush which fit rather lovely into the plastic pocket on the front.
The sides fasten with velcro and are adjustable meaning this will fit a range of children from small to big.
You can buy the Painting Apron over on the Minene website, RRP is £12, but if you have a good look through the colours some are as little as £8!
Now here is your chance to win one for your own budding artist!
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Planning day trips can seem scary, after all little people come with some much ‘stuff’, and the last thing you want is to be caught out with that all important comforter, or without a nappy as you have forgotten to pack it in the blur of activity getting ready to get out of the door.
I have planned a few days out for the kids this summer holiday, but I haven’t gone as crazy trying to book something for every single day like I have previous years. I have decided that it’s quality over quantity, but that is not to say that they will be expensive days out. I have been searching all over blogs to find some great fun days out that won’t cost a fortune. Look for local(ish) parks, discovery centres and other places which are free to get into. My kids love going to our large park a few miles away, it has acres and acres of open fields. I buy some cheap kites, pack a picnic (don’t forget your picnic blanket too!) and prepare your bags the night before to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
Get older children to help you. Get them to write a list of stuff they want/need to take with them on a day out. Give them their own cute bag to pack it all in. My toddler adores packing his animal child bag, he feels very grown up carrying it on his back. My older child loves writing a list and sneaking in a few toys for the journey, and even the occasional book!
Last year we just didn’t seem to get many sunny days where a paddling pool was needed, but this year we seem to have an abundance of them and paddling pools are selling out everywhere! I hunted high (and low) for one, and can categorically state that if you are after one then check your local supermarkets, as this is where I picked my family sized one from with success.
Kids of all ages love the padding pool, but here are a few tips of ways to make it better:
Fill up your pool with water first thing in the morning, it then has all day to heat up so it isn’t too cold for the tiny ones.
Use some form of cover, this is vital I think. It stops bugs and leaves getting in at night and helps keep it fresh for the little people.
Are the kids bored after a few days? Liven it up and add a bag of balls (like the type you use for the ball pools), they will love having something new to do in there and of course it gives them a good clean too!
Have towels on standby. One on the floor is great for people to stand on, it helps stop grass getting into the pool from wet feet when they decide they wanna jump back in. Towels on standby to wrap the kids up in also fabulous, like our Cuddly Bunny Towel which is snug and absorbent and has the cute factor too!
The summer time is a nice break from the rain and clouds, but most of us will moan that it is too hot at some point. The little people in our lives also get hot and bothered, and sometimes even grumpy too. Having a baby in the summer you are worried if they are going to overheat as they cannot regulate their body temperature well, but I have found a nappy is all my baby needs to keep cool. Yes the pretty dresses are gorgeous, but she gets so hot in them, they are relegated to cooler days.
Putting my baby in her pushchair I use the Minene reversible liner, it has a cotton side and also a towelling side. This is great for keeping the moisture away from Emma, it is white too which helps reflect the sun.
It also is great for popping in the wash after they have eaten in the pushchair, the crumbs seem to catch in the liner, so are easily shook out. It washes up lovely, and dries quickly too. They are universal fitting, and I have tried them in Stokke Xplory, Cosatto Yo! and maclaren strollers, and they all fit great. To keep them in place there is also an elastic strap which tucks round the back and stops it moving when you get your child in and out, it actually works!
You can find these online here for £16.00 each.
The heatwave of the UK continues, and we are making the most of it here at Minene UK. The kids are plastered in sun protection, and we are enjoying a break from the cooking by letting the men BBQ up some food.
Tomorrow is set to be nice too, and as it’s Sunday we will be making the most of it and kicking off the day with breakfast in the garden. I have been busy preparing some fruit to make into fruit kebabs, it’s really simple and effective. Just cut up your favourite fruits (and maybe something the children don’t tend to eat), push them onto wooden skewers which are available in the BBQ aisle of the supermarkets…and voila! Fruit skewers!
I always find filling up the paddling pool in the morning is a good idea, it gives it a few hours to heat up a little from the sun. Sitting down on the Minene Portable Activity Mat, I can hopefully catch a few sunrays while the kids splash happily in the pool.
Of course they can then wrap up in a Cuddly Poncho. Remember we have a giveaway running on our blog where you could win one! Just enter here.
We hope you all enjoy your sunny weekend, and that the little people are coping OK with the heat…back soon!
Of course they have their Minene Cuddly Ponchos for when they get out.