Free MAM anti-colic bottle with Amazon

Are you an expectant or new parent looking to add some items to your baby inventory.

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Well if you are an Amazon Prime customer with an Amazon baby wish list you can claim a free MAM Anti-Colic 130ml bottle

How to claim your free bottle:

  1. You need to have an Amazon prime account
  2. You need to create a baby wish list
  3. You need to add at least £5.00 worth of eligible baby products sold by Amazon (not fulfilled by) from your baby wish list to your basket. Products excluded include baby and infant formula, nappies, baby food and books.
  4. You need to add the MAM bottle to your basket and at the final checkout the price will be deducted.

Offer valid until 28th February 2018.

What does Amazon mean by sold by Amazon?

If you click on a product it will tell you the seller. If it says a sellers name other than Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon then it is not eligible for this offer. It must say Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.

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Top 5 breast pumps

If you are new to breastfeeding or looking for a recommendation for a new pump keep reading.

1. Lansinoh electric pump

From the makers of the most used nipple cream comes the single or double electric pump. It comes with two flange sizes, two storage bottles. A cost-effective double electric pump

Features

  • 3 pumping modes of expression
  • Adjustable suction speed and intensity
  • Specially designed tubes and motor prevent milk backup
  • LCD screen with timer
  • Pump into bottles—no transferring necessary
  • Battery or mains power operated
  • Available as single or double (double pump can be converted to single by adjusting the tubes.

The light and portable Lansinoh Single Electric Breast Pump has been designed for your comfort, and with six suction levels it will allow you to express easily.

For quick and easy expression, this breast pump is designed to mimic baby’s natural feeding pattern for an efficient pumping experience. The new ComfortFit soft silicone breast cushion makes for a secure seal and comfortable fit, and results in more efficient pumping. There are six adjustable suction levels with easy-to-use control buttons and an LED indicator, as well as two phase technology including a let down phase.

The let down phase includes rapid suction to stimulate and initiate milk flow, while the expression phase has slower, deeper suction to maximise milk flow. A NaturalWave Teat with cap is included allowing you to express, store and feed with ease.

This breast pump is mains or battery operated (requires 6 x AA batteries not included).

Please note: Tubing and tubing connectors do not need to be washed or sterilised due to the diaphragm that prevents them from coming into contact with breast milk. The breast cushion and containers may be cleaned in the upper compartment of your dishwasher or hand washed with dish soap in hot water. For best results, use a baby bottle brush to clean the container and a teat brush to clean the insides of the breast cushions. Rinse with hot water.

Prices:

£86.25 for single John Lewis

£100 for double John Lewis

2. Haakaa 150ml Silicone Breast Pump with Suction Base

This is a manual pump which you can use on one breast whilst feeding off the other. This works by using your natural let down. Perfect for releasing some pressure from engulfed breasts as well. I actually used this when in the bath or shower because it had a vacuum seal on the breast when attached properly. Therefore perfect for a busy mum looking to multi task.

The only downside is you have to purchase a lid and storage bag separately. It’s also not bet stable if you store it in the fridge but it does have a suction bottom which means when you pop it straight down on a table it’s not going to fall over.

Breast pumps don’t have to be loud, complicated, and costly – this eco-friendly breast pump will change the way you breastfeed.

Haakaa’s breast pumps are made using 100% medical grade silicone, free from toxic materials, so they’re kind to mum and baby, as well as the environment.

With an increased volume to 150ml and a suction base for support, the new and improved Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is the easiest and most simple way to express.

Key features:

• Perfect for travelling.

• Soft and comfortable – made from 100% medical-grade silicone.

• Compact – will fit into any handbag or baby bag.

• Dishwasher safe – can also be sterilised and left to sit in boiling water.

• Easy to use, easy to clean.

• Free from BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

• Compatible with all Haakaa wide neck bottles.

• No batteries or assembly required.

Instructions:

1. Sterilise your pump thoroughly – Haakaa  (caps are available online to purchase – caps keep the pump sterile after cleaning)

2. Place the top of the breast pump over your nipple – make sure your nipple is in the neck of the pump and comfortable.

3. Apply suction – you may need to adjust a couple of times. Once the pump is secure and comfortable you can squeeze the base of the pump (not interfering with the top/suction) to create some movement.

4. Gently massage the top of your breast to encourage flow – you can also try placing a warm flannel on top of your breast.

5. Once milk begins to flow, simply leave the pump alone to do its thing.

6. Once the pump becomes full, empty into a glass storage bottle and reposition.

7. When you wish to stop pumping, you can simply suction the breast pump to a nearby flat surface using the suction base, while you continue feeding or re-dress – the pump is 100% secure.

Hazards and Cautions:

Clean your breast pump thoroughly after each use. Our breast pumps can be sterilised with any steam sterilising system or boiling water. Do NOT use any bleach-based agents.

Prices:

£18.99 – boots

3. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump

Voted number one on baby centre

A double electric breast pump with an integrated carrying case

Features

• Two-phase expression for more efficient and thorough pumping

• All parts that touch breast milk are BPA free

• Comes with a removable cooler bag and freezer pack

• Adjustable speed and vacuum knob

• Uses battery power or an AC adaptor

Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump

The Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump includes thoughtful features that provide true mobility, freedom and flexibility for mum’s everyday life. It’s ideal for daily and frequent use with a single or double pumping option. Easy interaction with digital display, memory, timer and backlight gives mum more flexibility.

It features a double pumping and 2-phase expression technology, that mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern, reduces pumping time and gives more freedom to mum. It combines both rapid stimulation and slower expression so pumping is gentle, comfortable, and efficient.

Lightweight and independent from sockets, the Medela Freestyle Electrical Breast Pump allows mum to pump anywhere. Mum can personalise the breast pump and record preferred pumping patterns and select it anytime. Low noise so night time pumping is quiet and quick. BPA Free.

Key Features 

• Double pumping can help to increase and sustain milk supply

• SoftFit™ breastshields for massaging comfort.

• Simultaneous expression

• Small, lightweight and quiet, to make daily expression as comfortable as possible

• Individually adjustable vacuum settings, as well as memory function offers comfort

• Rechargeable battery provides 3 hours pumping time

• One touch let down button

• Timer function available

• Bright LCD easy to read display – can be read even at night without having to turn the lights on

• Stylish shoulder bag including cooler for on-the-go convenience

Prices:

£329.99 – boots or John Lewis

4. Medela Symphony Breastpump

This hospital grade pump is one of the most expensive on the market however it is good at effectively emptying your breasts.

Features:

• 2-phase expression pumping

• Faster let-down and milk flow reduces pumping time

• Mimics a baby’s natural nursing pattern

• Accommodates multiple users

• Designed for moms who need to pump several times a day

• Allows for pumping from 1 or both breasts at a time

• Powered from wall outlet, rechargeable batteries, or car lighter

• Adjustable speed and vacuum combinations

• All parts that contact breast milk are BPA-free

• Hands free pumping option sold separately

The research-based Symphony breast pump has been developed specifically to support mums throughout their breastfeeding journey: to initiate, build and maintain an adequate milk supply. Symphony is ideal for long-term and frequent pumping. You can continue using the hospital-grade pump you used in the maternity unit and decide later which personal pump to buy With the Medela pump sets, you can express your breast milk from the comfort of your own home using your Medela Symphony rental breast pump. The pump sets provide you with everything you need as a breastfeeding mum.

Prices:

£2648 – amazon

Can be rented on manufacturers website

5. Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

Economical and compact double breast pump used for expressing breast milk.

Features

• Small and portable design makes it ideal for home, on-the-go, or when going back to work

• 32 settings

• Three assorted flange sizes

• Hygienic, closed-pumping system

Evenflo’s Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is the perfect solution for all moms planning to pump frequently. Whether at home or at work, the Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump delivers all the premium features and benefits mom needs and deserves. This innovative pump’s PerfectlyPure™ design is a closed system that prevents milk back-up in tubing, which helps to keep tubing clean and dry, protecting mom’s breast milk from contamination and making pump cleaning more efficient. Each pumping session can be personalized with the AdvancedControl™ technology, which creates 32 unique setting combinations of speed and suction for optimal control.

To help ensure a successful pumping session, it’s important to have a comfortable, correctly sized flange fit. The Advanced Double Electric Pump includes 3 different flange sizes from our AdvancedFit™ flange system to help ensure the best fit, with additional sizes sold separately. Evenflo’s PerfectPosition™ design includes a shorter nipple tunnel and higher bottle-to-flange angle that allows mom to relax in a slouch-free pumping position. The integrated bottle holders keep mom’s milk safe after pumping, providing an extra “hand” to protect her precious milk from spills. The Deluxe Model also comes with a timeless black shoulder bag, insulated cooler bag with ice packs, and additional Milk Collection Bottles.

Access to expert resources can help ensure a successful breastfeeding experience. Evenflo is excited to include the ultimate breastfeeding education with the purchase of your pump. Developed by our partner, Breastfeeding Expert Shari Criso (IBCLC, CNM, RN), mom receives digital access to two practical and proven programs she can access anywhere! Both Simply Breastfeeding™ and Breast Pumps & Briefcases™ have helped thousands of moms successfully breastfeed and continue breastfeeding while returning to work and are included with purchase.

Prices:

Unavailable. Last known £100 baby r us

Remember nothing is more effective at taking your milk than a babies suckling.

Katherine xo

Boosting your milk supply

Welcome if you are reading this you too are experiencing a possible low milk supply. This could be for a variety of reasons such as deciding not to continue exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), period of illness for either you or baby which has stopped you exclusively breastfeeding or you want to restart after weaning baby to the bottle and they are not taking to the bottle well.

If you were breastfeeding you probably felt like a dairy cow with your baby connected to your breast every 2-3 hours for up to an hour a time and wondering whether they were actually getting what they need from you. The answer was yes especially if baby was producing 6 or more wet nappies a day and roughly 3/4 lovely yellow coloured poo’s a day. Yes it’s true baby will lose some weight in their first couple of weeks but they will regain this. Remember baby was permanently connected to you from the minute the placenta and umbilical cord formed. There is no need to worry as baby’s can lose up to 10% of their birth weight any more and you midwife / health visitor will work with you to monitor babies progress against the percentile chart.

There are many “options” to increase your milk production but let me remind you none of them are 100% guaranteed. The one I’m commenting on is the one that I have decided to use after I had a period of illness and wasn’t able to breastfeed my baby for over a week.

I must admit I’m not in love with the idea of breastfeeding and wasn’t really wanting to do it until I gave birth. I had this sudden pang of guilt that I needed to give my baby the best and what’s more natural than ready made mother’s milk.

Now I’m going to let you in on a secret that not many share. Exclusive expressing is much more tiring and tying than exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive expressing is when you are purely expressing your milk and giving to your baby. Combination expressing is when you are supplementing either with the breast or bottle and expressing between. I opted for combination between formula and expressing.

One of the methods I tried was to do an hour of expressing split as follows:

  • 15 minutes expressing
  • 5 minute break
  • 10 minutes expressing
  • 10 minutes break
  • 10 minutes expressing
  • 10 minutes break

I did this twice a day for a week and it did help bring back the milk in my left breast which had significantly reduced. I also took the herbal supplement fenugreek which is suppose to help but I found it did nothing other than add another item to my daily to do list.

The best time to do your cluster expressing is after you’ve fed your little one. However, if your not breastfeeding and purely expressing try to do a cluster session in between your regular session. It is recommended to express on the same schedule as a feed on demand baby every 2-3 hours.

If you are having a down spell keep at it it will get better. Good luck and let me know how you get on.

RegarI ds

Katherine xo

Edit: I stopped expressing for a week because Christmas got in the way and I decided to have a couple of bottles of beer. Even though they say the amount of alcohol that passes is minimal I couldn’t face pumping and dumping again. I have slowly returned to expressing and my supply is quite low but considered my boobs still leak when the little one cries is probably s good thing. I’ll keep you posted on whether I regain my supply or not.

Bullying and harassment during pregnancy

Article on bullying and harassment relating to the treatment of pregnant women. Below are some of the comments, statements and feelings that I have either personally experienced during pregnancy or overheard on the train said to other ladies.

Bullying and harassment isn’t about ‘name calling’ it is a lot of things including how you treat someone. If the recipient does not like the statements or treatment this can be classified as bullying. Yes there are times when certain statements need to be made which are unpleasant to hear such as bad news – these aren’t bullying. Statements such as your fat even if you are overweight maybe factually correct but are unnecessary to be continuously mentioned especially if said in a nasty manner (even if the teller thinks their been funny). Remember there’s a time and a place for comments and we all have feelings. Pregnancy exasperates a lot of emotions so us ladies are more prone to feeling upset by things even if before we would laugh off the statement.

1. Been dictated too about what you should eat because you’ll get ‘fat’

There’s two sides to this one being based on medical advice i.e. BMI was high to start with so you should be careful not to put in too much weight on.

The other side is when people won’t let you eat even though you’re hungry because they tell you are fat. Husbands partners who constantly go on about fat instead of praising their glowing beautiful woman who is growing a miracle.

I read an article for partners of pregnant women which said how to make her feel good. On the list was numerous mentions of give her food. Surely that isn’t healthy advice! Yes we are pregnant and there may be days we are starving like our mouths were sewn up but it doesn’t mean you should force feed us. Also there are some ladies that suffer horrendously from sickness all throughout pregnancy and certain foods could make it worse.

2. Not involving pregnant women in activities that are still safe for participation just because she’s pregnant. Believe it or not pregnancy is not an illness and as long as we are physically able we would love to be invited to participate in events. Let us decide whether we can or cannot do something don’t just assume because we’re pregnant we can’t do it. There are some pregnant womenfolk who continue to body build up until they give birth!

3. Social avoidance (similar to the above)

yep a lot of pregnant women regardless of their stage of pregnancy tend to be deliberately excluded from social events. We can go on nights out and still have a good time. Yes we will be drinking virgin cocktails and probably have to get an earlier taxi home but it doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy your drunken company and a boogie on the dance floor. However, don’t use us as designated driver that just makes us to be a convenience factor for your night out.

Some women (and men) just generally avoid pregnant women. The reasons are unknown but it’s like they treat us like someone with a grossly contagious disease. You can’t can’t pregnancy!!

4 constant bump size comments like oh your having twins when your only having one or you look ready to burst and your only 16 weeks gone.

Whatever the reason for the comments why not stop and think before you speak. At the end of the day we are human and have feelings and our hormones make us even more emotionally affected by your comments. We take things to heart quicker after all we’re not made of wood!

5. Been told we shouldn’t expect or receive any special treatment because we’re not ill!

Ok I know I mentioned above pregnancy isn’t an illness but some women do suffer certain pregnancy related illnesses and conditions. All that extra weight you’re carrying eventually hurts your back. You become exhausted quicker, cannot get comfy even sat on the comfiest chair known to man. You’re constantly up and down to the toilet to pass a teaspoons worth of pee. So surely after a few months letting us sit down in the dedicated seats on a train isn’t going to end the world. Let us be able to sit and stand as we choose ie if we operate a till in the supermarket let us have a chair so we can alternate. If we work in an office and sat all day allow us more frequent breaks so we are not sat there 8 solid hours. If we drive for Business don’t expect us to be behind the wheel of the car for the whole pregnancy!

6. Is it a boy or girl, have you picked names – why won’t you share that information

Some women don’t wish to share every detail of their pregnancy with friends and family let alone a total stranger so don’t presume you’ll be told. Also there are some ladies who (like myself) waited a long time to grow a miracle and didn’t want to find out the gender before the birth just to have that extra surprise. Also forgive us if we choose not to tell you the baby names we are deciding on because after all our little miracle might not suit the name and we decide to change it when we meet them for the first time.

7. Unwanted physical contact

Pregnant women are not your personal property! Yes, society in general becomes transfixed on pregnant women, we become the centre of wanted (and unwanted) attention. Strangers walk up to you and congratulate you, some open doors for you and give up their seat whilst others make snide remarks about weight or feel the need to touch your bump. Bump touching has a mixed response in the pregnant lady community some like it but most hate it. How would you like it if we touched your belly and said oh when’s it due when in fact your either a little overweight or have a hernia or something similar. Yes it’s crossing the unseen boundary of personal space yet some just assume that a pregnant woman is no longer entitled to that personal space.

If you are really desperate to touch the bump ASK first don’t just do it. A simple polite enquiry could result in you being able to share a kick from the baby or simply been denied the opportunity in a friendly tone.

8. Announcing the birth or details of the birth before the parents. Ok not directly pregnancy related more about the birth but still important.

The expectant parents have been waiting 9 months to meet their little miracle and have picked names and a going home outfit to dress them in. They may even have booked a newborn photoshoot so they have photos to share when they wish to announce the birth of their son or daughter then a member of the family or a friend announces the birth first. Boom! Magic has left the room, the expectant parents then feel rushed into announcing the birth sooner than they liked. In this modern society a lot of people demand to know every detail of someone’s live via social media the second it happens but a lot of us want to have a specially few days / weeks of privacy before letting the world know. Don’t take the experience away from the new parents even if you’re over the moon with excitement for them. It’s their child let them announce in their own time.

Oh and don’t demand every detail of their child’s birth or even a photo. If the parents want to share that they’ll tell you!

The above isn’t an exhaustive list but just a few items that are pet peeves to most pregnant women. Please feel free to share your pet peeves in the comments below.

Katherine xo

Birth announcement

For those eager eyes amongst you waiting patiently for news of our little miracle baby. Well today you are in luck. Yes it’s a little late (3 weeks late in fact), but we’ve been in such a rollercoaster since.

Our unicorn baby was born Sunday 26th November weighing 9lb 2oz – 2 whole pounds more than his estimate. Delivery was via caesarian section due to failed induction at 41 weeks gestation. Our little man was becoming quite stressed so the consultant wanted him born as soon as possible. The staff at Darlington Memorial Hospital were absolutely wonderful and looked after me and my husband during the whole process. They kept my spirits up and kept me informed of progress.

Our son is doing perfectly well but I’m not 😢 I’ve been quite poorly on and off with my gallbladder since the birth. I cannot thank the NHS enough for their help the last few weeks and I have more care to come in the new year.

Therefore, I shall continue to take a mini break from blogging for a few more weeks whilst I get to grips with been a new mummy (and recovering).

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Christmas is about love, family and friends so treasure each moment and make memories that last a life time.

Katherine xo

BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK 9th – 15th OCTOBER 2017

Each year 9-15 October is Baby Loss Awareness Week. Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives.

Baby Loss Awareness Week also provides a chance to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK. This year we are calling for improved bereavement support for families affected by baby and pregnancy loss.

In the UK, Baby Loss Awareness Week is a collaboration between more than 40 charities.

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Join us for the Global Wave of Light

Baby Loss Awareness Week finishes each year on October 15th with the global ‘Wave of Light’. October 15th is also International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and is recognised across the world.

We would like to invite you to join with other families across the world and take part in the global ‘Wave of Light’. Simply light a candle at 7pm local time and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to join us in remembering all babies that have died too soon. This can be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space. Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global ‘Wave of Light’ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

This year we’re also inviting you to join a digital Wave of Light at 7pm local time on October 15. To get involved, take a photo of your candle and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight at 7pm local time.

 

BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK 9th-15th OCTOBER 2017 BREAK THE SILENCE

Break the silence

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Break the silence

Pregnancy and baby loss is often a taboo subject.  We want you to help us to break the silence around baby death. This could be by telling a friend about Baby Loss Awareness Week, talking about your experience or wearing a Baby Loss Awareness pin badge.

You could also use our specially designed social media images on your website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, work intranet or noticeboard.

Lets get talking about #babyloss and break the silence

Buy your Pin

Buy your Baby Loss Awareness ribbon pin badge to support families affected by the death of a baby

This Baby Loss Awareness Week we need your support to raise awareness that baby death is a tragic issue that affects thousands in the UK alone every year.

We want as many people as possible to wear the badge during Baby Loss Awareness Week 9-15 October. This will help us to raise awareness of baby loss.

A number of the charities involved in promoting Baby Loss Awareness Week have the awareness pin badge available to buy from their websites. Money raised from sales of the badges will go to the charity you purchase it from, and will be spent on the important work they carry out.

To purchase a pin choose the charity you’d like to buy from here:

  Please select charity to buy from
Sands
Aching Arms
ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices)
Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
Group B Strep Support
Kicks Count
Life After Loss
The Lullaby Trust
Making Miracles
The Miscarriage Association
Please select charity to buy from

Wear the Pin

Post pictures of you wearing your Baby Loss Awareness pin badge to show your support and help raise awareness one ribbon at a time

To be part of this campaign take a photo wearing your pin badge and post to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #babyloss hashtag.

Break the silence

Pregnancy and baby loss is often a taboo subject.  We want you to help us to break the silence around baby death. This could be by telling a friend about Baby Loss Awareness Week, talking about your experience or wearing a Baby Loss Awareness pin badge.

You could also use our specially designed social media images on your website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, work intranet or noticeboard.

Lets get talking about #babyloss and break the silence