As I mentioned briefly earlier in the week, I had a lot of difficulties establishing breastfeeding with my first child. In the end, I lasted 3 weeks before I ended up running to the supermarket and having to get formula for him because he just wouldn’t feed.
Naively when I was expecting him, I just did not think I would have any problems. Of course I had heard of the difficulties people have, but somehow I failed to connect the likelihood that I could actually have problems myself. I think I thought “I’ve been to the breastfeeding workshop now, so I know about the problems and it will be fine!” but it just didn’t work out like that.
With my first son’s birth, I didn’t have an easy labour and we both became quite ill. After delivery, he was taken straight to the neonatal department for some tests and some treatments before I even held him (I did kiss him on the head quickly though before they rushed him away!) so all the ideas of immediate skin to skin which I had written on my birth plan all went out of the window. They brought him back to me after a few hours once he had his canula inserted for antibiotics and had finished having his tests. No one then was around to help me learn how to feed him. I quickly realised that even though I have been on the breastfeeding class in the antenatal course, it had not really prepared me to know what I was doing in practise. Feeding a real live crying wriggling newborn baby is not quite the same as looking at photos in the class and holding a doll. In addition to that my son had a lot of bruising from his forceps birth and he was quite unhappy about being handled at all in his first couple of days.
The first midwife I asked for help was pretty horrible to me! Her reaction was quite impatient with an attitude like “why are you asking me, you should know?” despite the fact it was my first baby, I was quite a young mum, and I was there with a sick baby! She just shoved him onto me so he was able to feed but didn’t show me at all what she was doing, so thankfully he did get his feed (after hours and hours not being fed at all after birth! poor boy must have been starving!) but I had no idea how to do it myself. That meant when he was hungry next time, I had to ask for help a second time which that particular midwife was not too happy about!! With a “we have showed you already!!! hmf hmf” kind of attitude!
My son lost more weight than he should have after birth, probably because the feeding wasn’t establishing well. Because of this and because we were both still being treated with antibiotics from post birth infections, we were moved over to transitional care and kept in the hospital for another week. Luckily some of the midwives over there were a lot nicer. I can’t remember her name but one of the night shift midwives was so nice to me, a South African midwife, she took the time to explain a lot to me and try to help me out with some techniques.
To help him gain back his weight, my son was also cup fed in hospital but he didn’t take too well to that either. I preserved and got him back to just breastfeeding, but I don’t feel I ever really got to a stage where it was coming naturally and easily and that I knew what I was doing.
So after a week we went back home, still not finding feeding easy but still trying and keeping on with it. I had a great community midwife who came a few times and helped me out with more advice and support, but once she had discharged me I really didn’t know who to contact with problems. I called La Leche League but only so much they can do over the phone. I found for some reason my baby just would not latch on. I still don’t really know why! It would take forever to get him to actually latch on and have a feed, and in the end I just wasn’t able to. Maybe because he didn’t know what he was doing and neither did I?! I do feel that if he had been healthy and able to stay with me after birth it probably would have made a big difference in terms of establishing feeding but he needed medical treatment, and it had to be given so it is what is it.
At that stage I went out and got the formula and never looked back. I will admit, it was a massive relief for me at that stage to stop breastfeeding. It just wasn’t working, it was really stressful, painful and seemed to be making both of us miserable. At that time I don’t think I would have believed if someone told me I will end up going on to feed another baby til almost 2 years!
With my 2nd baby, I have to admit I did not really give breastfeeding its proper chance. There is a small age gap between my children and the disaster of trying to breastfeed my first was fresh in my mind. I did breastfeed him but not for as long as I could have. It actually went much better than the first time round. He was healthy at birth and was able to have skin to skin and a feed soon after, which the midwives in the delivery room helped me with (and were much nicer than the ones who only begrudgingly helped with my first!)
I lasted for about 2 months but during that time I was already starting with the mixed feeding, and slowly just started to move it more and more to the bottles and less to the breastfeeding. I was not confident to feed outside at that time, and with having my 17 month old toddler as well as my newborn 2nd baby, I was going out a lot for toddler groups, so I ended up ruining it for myself by just getting him too used to bottles. But as with my 1st, I felt it was relief really and I had not really wanted to breastfeed because of my first experience, so I felt I could say well I have tried and done my bit while he is small, and now I am moving on to bottles. Looking back, I do think with this baby I should have tried harder. My first son I don’t feel guilty because I honestly tried my best and just couldn’t do it because of the lack of support but with my 2nd child, I could have managed a lot longer if only I really had the commitment to want to do it – but the truth is I didn’t.
When I had my 3rd child, people did keep mentioning to me “are you going to try to breastfeed for longer” “have you thought of trying to stick to it a bit more” – I would be just like yeh yeh… I’ll see. In my mind I really thought of myself as a formula feeding mum, I didn’t expect to last very long considering the other two and I felt that I don’t really like breastfeeding, it’s difficult, I’m not suited to it and bla bla bla.. yet here I am!
My 3rd child actually had blood sugar issues at birth due to diabetes and had to be bottle fed soon after birth, so I thought oh that’s it then, he will be bottle fed, I have an excuse so no need to breast feed.. and that’s all fine.
While I was in the postnatal ward I just started to feed him, thinking I will just do a bit and move onto formula later on, but somehow I just never stopped. Maybe as he was my 3rd, and I had done this a couple of times before although not for long, but still I felt a bit more confident and knew how to feed him without having to ask for help – it just all went much smoother than I had expected and much easier than it had been before. It seemed to be going quite well, and to be honest I was so busy with the 3 of them that I never really had time to think about getting ready to switch over to bottles with him and somehow before I knew it, breastfeeding was just established and going fine and then I realised I didn’t want to stop any more. It’s totally by accident really that I kept going but once I did I realised the benefits, how easy it is, how convenient, how lovely it is for me and my baby and of course I can feel good about the health benefits too.
My youngest is 22 months now and still breastfeeding. I did introduce a bottle for him at night some time over 1 year – about 15/16 months, just because it was taking so long for him to feed himself to sleep and meanwhile the other two children were being left unattended as I was up feeding him in his room in the dark, and I felt it was no longer getting practical but he still breast feeds in the mornings and sometimes during day time. He has cut back a bit and I am intending to wean him off by 2 years, as I don’t see myself as an extended breastfeeding mum past 2 years.
I thought it would be nice to share these experiences during #KBBF week just to show how much my experience changed with the different children and that just because it goes so badly with one child, does not mean it will never go well with a later child. Also there are some mums who have said they feel judged when they see the breastfeeding being promoted a lot, as if by speaking so much about it we are saying that formula feeding is a failure or giving that kind of message. Personally, I wouldn’t say anything like that. I feel in order to support women with breastfeeding, it’s important to understand what it is like when it goes well, and what it’s like when it doesn’t go well! It’s important to talk about the difficulties as well as the benefits and its important to be honest with each other about breastfeeding experiences.
At one stage I really hated breastfeeding! Now I’m going well past a year and will be actually quite sad to stop feeding my little boy as its been so long now that it will feel weird to lose that! It has not been the smoothest of journeys, but that’s life!
#KBBF is slowly drawing to an end and tomorrow is the last day, but for now here is today’s Rafflecopter
And as usual, I am sharing the links to some other participating blogs for you to go and explore:
Visit From the Stork (I did a guest post over there recently, so go and have a look at that too if you like!)
And a company supporting #KBBF its Lactivist.
This week I am happy to say I am co-hosting the Friday Chaos blog hop linky. I would love to see loads of people linking up and get to know some new blogs so please do join in and say hi! 🙂
Out There Interiors are a company specialising in designer furniture and accessories. I have been trying to make an effort recently to add a few more accessories to my house and get it looking a little more welcoming and tidy, rather than cluttered and disorganised. We moved into our home a year and a half ago now, but still have loads more finishing touches to do. The hall way is an area that does need quite a bit of improvement, and as that is the first thing people see when they come in I would like it to look more inviting and appealing.
I recently had the chance to choose something from Out There Interiors to review so after looking through the range, I thought it would be great to get an accessory for my hallway and I went for these coloured building blocks spelling out “welcome”
They can be arranged any way you like to suit your space as all the bricks are individual. I knew exactly were I wanted to place them in my hallway. We have a wall mounted shelf with space to hang the coats, and I thought it would be ideal on top of this. It all fits in just perfectly.
It gives a lovely splash of colour to the Hallway, which is great against the white wall and white shelf. It also looks much more smart and presentable – I hate to admit but I was leaving some clutter up there before and it did not look good! I have found that putting something decorative on the empty surfaces stops me from leaving clutter on those surfaces so I am trying to implement this all around my house.
Each of the bricks are quite large in size and have a weathered vintage look to them, to give a bit of character.
The colours are not overly bright so as to look tacky, but they do have some vibrancy to them and are in a lovely mix of shades. Out There Interiors also have some very similar bricks spelling out “Home” which may be suited if you have a slightly smaller space. I like those too! But Welcome is a perfect message for my hall way! I really like the fun and childlike aspect to them how the design reminds you of children’s building blocks. Being a home with small children, I felt it’s a nice touch to reflect the character of our home.
What areas of your home are you looking to improve? I would love to know if you have anything planned or have your eye on anything in particular so let me know in the comments. The next step for my hall way will be a new mirror and lighting to get the whole space finished off!
By In The Playroom in Breastfeeding 36 Comments Tags: breastfeeding abayas, breastfeeding clothes, breastfeeding giveaways, breastfeeding in public, breastfeeding islam, keep britain breastfeeding scavenger hunt, muslim breastfeeding, muslimahs nursing, nursing clothes
As a Muslim woman that always covers in public, feeding in public or while out and about was not something that came too easily for me initially. I did find it quite daunting and I never once fed my first two babies outside of the house. With my second baby, I was out a lot as the older one had toddler groups, so I used to always bring bottles for him and soon enough that was the end of the breastfeeding! (I will be writing more about these experiences on Friday).
With my 3rd child I decided I have to do things a bit differently, so I just fed him everywhere. As I had that bit more experience I had more confidence with feeding and was able to do this, but for me the main factor making it easy to feed outside the house was having suitable clothes. I always managed to feed without ever showing anything.
Now that my child is a bit older I don’t tend to feed him outside anymore as he is close to two years now so needs feeding less and is more able to wait, but I used to find abayahs which are made specially for breastfeeding or if I couldn’t find it, i just took some plain ones to a tailor and had a zip put in. The combination of long hijab, and a zip from the neck of the abayah downwards, means that you can feed without showing anything at all and is quite easy. I always found the zip easier than the wrap opening type of abayahs, although I did use both.
It’s not always easy to find the breastfeeding friendly abayahs, but here are a few I have found available at the moment for any Muslim sisters looking!
After I started feeding my youngest out and about, I got a lot more confidence with it and was able to feed him anywhere without anyone ever noticing. I sometimes had to feed him in restaurants, in the town hall, on the tube or bus or in the park, but I always felt confident that I am covered and it was all fine. I think this did help me to continue with breastfeeding for longer, as I am out of the house a lot and to just feed him anywhere allowed me to continue with breastfeeding on demand and fully establish that, without mixing in bottles at an early age.
Of course there are other clothing options too but with things like maxi dresses I found it a bit more difficult because with hijab you tend to need a top underneath and then that’s another extra layer to deal with and complicate things! I found the same with the nursing covers, that personally as I have so much fabric all over me in the first place, an extra cover actually hindered me more than helped but I do know some women found it gave them a lot more confidence and reassurance that they will be fully covered, so they prefer to use it. So I would say it is definitely worth trying one on and seeing how it goes, if you can borrow from someone to try it out before committing to buying one, then I would do that first.
I have sometimes had people presuming that Muslim women because we do cover up, must not breastfeed and that we would never breastfeed outside the house. The misconception is that because of how much we cover we won’t be able to, but although it can be difficult or daunting at first, many of us still do feed outside. Breastfeeding is actually mentioned in our religion and is a rewarded act for us. There are a lot of narrations about this for anyone who is interested. It is actually recommended in Quran that we can feed for two years, the same as the WHO recommendations so plenty of women in our community do that!
Mothers shall suckle their children for two full years, – that for such as desire to complete the suckling
وَالْوَالِدَاتُ يُرْضِعْنَ أَوْلاَدَهُنَّ حَوْلَيْنِ كَامِلَيْنِ لِــمَنْ أَرَادَ أَن يُتِمَّ الرَّضَاعَةَ
It also goes to show, that breastfeeding outside can be done discretely and definitely not a case of having to show off your skin if you are not comfortable, as many like me are doing it without showing anything. Most of the time people would not even know you are feeding, so once you get used to it you wouldn’t have to feel self concious.
Even in the house among family and friends, I am not really one to whip everything out and feed. I have previously tested out a BreastVest and this is a product which helps you to feel more confident when feeding in front of others, as it ensures your stomach will be fully covered if lifting your top, so you do not ever have to show any more than necessary. I have one to give away here on the blog in conjunction with Keep Britain Breastfeeding week and BreastVest also have a 25% discount running using the code BSH25 on their website www.breastvest.co.uk. (expiring 23/06/2013)
Here is today’s Rafflecopter for the main prize draw.
As usual with the Scavenger Hunt we are linking to other participating bloggers so today I would like to share the following blogs with you:
And one company: Snoob the makers of a handy breastfeeding scarf, which makes it easier to feed in public. I have never tried this but like the look of it, as it doesn’t look at all bulky, and would be really convenient.
On the weekend we went for a day out to Paradise Wildlife Park. Neither me or the kids had actually been to a zoo before! They have loads to do, both on the animal side and areas for the children to play so I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a family day out. It took us one hour from where we live in West London so not too bad at all.
First I will show you some of the animals we saw
Lemurs, these are the black and white and there are also some red ones. They have plenty of space in their enclosure where you can see them jumping from ledge to ledge, climbing around and eating their food
Camels, there were quite a few and it does say watch out because they will eat anything if you leave it within their reach eg even your bags and whatever you have with you!
I was really happy to see signing promoted here
But then I didn’t notice this anywhere else round the park. It would be lovely if they could extend it to all the animals, because even though one of my little boys communicates a lot in sign I don’t know all the specific animals when there are rare ones around like snow leopard (you will see later), I would have loved these signs to be up everywhere to support in teaching him the animals as we go around.
I did notice though that the park is overall pretty accessible and accommodating for special needs. The concession rate for those with disabilities and for carers is clearly marked. We didn’t actually need to get it because I had our tickets provided as a thanks from Buy A Gift for some work I did with them in the past, but I was happy to see this for future visits. They also have an area of the children’s playpark which is adapted for children with mobility problems, to use the swings in wheelchairs and they have ramp access up to the higher viewing platform in the animals area. At first I had not spotted the ramp and I was thinking it was going to be a pain to get up there – but it is there by the lions.
Anyway, that’s a bit of a tangent so back to the animals…!
Sheena the cheetah. These big cats do have quite a large area, so at first when looking into their space we could not see any animal, that is because they move around from the higher to lower levels and obviously don’t want to be too cramped. Once they start moving around they are easy to spot and the children were so excited seeing this Cheetah come near to them. There is information up near to every animal and I found this interesting to read and also reassuring to know that the animals are being well cared for and their welfare is being kept at the forefront of the agenda. I learned that this particular cheetah is one who has been born in captivity in another facility and came to the Paradise Wildlife Park later on. She was in a much smaller enclosure initially so they are gradually increasing her space so that she can get used to it without feeling freaked out
Here we have a white tiger. These are in a bigger space than the cheetah so you walk all round the edges of their enclosure and can see them that way. A really beautiful animal!
This is a ball which had been in with the tiger for a couple of weeks, on display so you can see how strong the tiger is and what damage it has done. This ball was originally stronger and harder than a human skull! My boys were quite interested in this tiger ball!
Lions! These lions were really beautiful and they have a 6 month old baby lion cub who was born in January. They were sleeping when we first saw them then we came back and the Dad lion was awake and roared (I had not heard a real lion roar before so quite cool!) and the little one was playing jumping on his head, which is so cute to see.
Here’s my older two (4 and 3 yr) looking through the glass into the snow leopards enclosure. You can see them either from above on the viewing platform or on the ground, depending whereabouts they are in their section. Here the two snow leopards are sleeping but after a little while they got up and their keeper was going to give them some food.
I just missed the second he jumped from up here on the higher platform down to get his food! Kids distracted me for a second – what a shame, I would love to see that but maybe next time!
There are two snow leopards here, a male and female and it was written that the male is newly arrived from another park and he is settling in well.
There are a lot more animals we saw but I don’t have photos of them all, and I don’t think we even managed to see all of the animals in the park as there are so many to get through in an afternoon so next time we go we will see the ones we missed. I would recommend going in the morning to get the full days worth, we didn’t get there til lunch time as we had a bit of a slow start in the morning.
As I had never been to a zoo before, I did not know what to expect in terms of the animals whether they would look well cared for and given enough space as some relatives have been to other zoos and found it sad to see the state of the animals, which is horrible! I can say I really did find the animals here looked well kept and healthy. Hearing the park workers talking about the work they do with the animals it seems like they do a great job with them and its a zoo you can feel happy to go to as the animals are treated properly and their welfare is the most important thing. The animal workers were saying they do go inside the enclosures with the animals and have built up a lot of trust with them.
As well as the animals, the children really enjoyed all the play areas and its great they have a lot of different attractions to balance it out, as I find with the young kids they need something active to do as well as looking at the animals.
There are several real vehicles which have been turned into play spaces for the children. The old steam engine and fire engine here, and a digger too. They have stairs and a slide built into each of them and the children can also sit at the wheel and play with the old controls. This was a big hit with my transport crazy boys, as it probably would be with many young kids!
The digger one has a much bigger slide, which is more of a spiral slide and these two are slightly smaller.
The main adventure play area is good too, with a very exciting pirate area which they boys enjoyed
When you go behind the ship play equipment, you can find some secret paths and a secret cave tunnel which is pretty cool
It also has all the usuals like swings, slides.. plenty of equipment for all the children if it did get very busy. (It wasn’t too bad the day that we were there)
There are also little extras like a bouncy castle – free of charge (there are quite a few paid extras around the site though, like those little ride on rides, and the machines where you put some money and win a teddy)
A sand play area with bricks to do construction play
There is also a nice woodland train ride for 1 pound per person, which we all enjoyed. You see some large model animals and dinosaurs as you go around.
There is a soft play area too which we did not have time to go in. If you look on their website you can see all the different sections to the park.
Definitely worth a visit if you are nearby, we really enjoyed it and my personal highlight was the beautiful snow leopard and the baby lion cub.
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Giving kids their own to do list is a great way to help them stay on task with their responsibilities. Visual reminders are useful for adults, and it tends to be even more so the case for kids. This hands on to-do list craft is fun to make, and helpful for kids to keep on track with their morning or bed time routines.
Yellow Felt Bunny recently sent us a lovely craft kit – a to do list craft that hangs on your door. Here’s how we made it.
The kit contains:
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One of the many lessons I have learned in my 5 years as a parent is to expect the unexpected and that being a mum makes you stronger. You have no choice but to deal with all the challenges that you face, for your child’s sake. Sometimes you will find strength and energy reserves from a space inside you that you never even knew you had.
When I was expecting my first child, I never thought that 3 years down the line I would be there with 3 little boys, and it never crossed my mind that I would have a child with Autism.
When I became a mum for the first time with Mr Z, it suddenly hit me that I am the one responsible for this little person, and that as he grows up the first person he is always going to turn to and rely on and expect to fix his problems will be me, his mum. I will admit that as a young parent to realise this for the first time was such a strange feeling. It’s overwhelming and surreal at first. Whatever your age, it is a major adjustment to suddenly go from mainly looking out for yourself to having such a small helpless (and of course very cute!) little being relying on you for their every need.
I remember saying to some of my friends that I would leave about 4 or 5 years between children so that I would have my first one off to school and then have the next one, to give me plenty of time to spend one to one, and to be able to relax and make life easy for myself. They reminded me of this when I ended up having my next baby within 18 months! We may make our plans, but we never really know what life has in store. Expecting a second baby while my first was only around 8 months was quite a surprise to me, but it was lovely. I really enjoyed having the two of them so close together, and that is why my next one has the same age gap because it was so happy with that age gap dynamic that I thought I would repeat it!
After having my first child, I might have thought that I will know exactly what to expect, being a seasoned mum by that time. I soon found out that was not the case. At the times I would have expected my second little one to be meeting his milestones, he wasn’t meeting them. So by the time he was one and a half and my third baby was born, he still was not able to stand and walk, and was not talking at all. We knew he was globally delayed but it took another year and a bit before he was formally diagnosed with Autism.
That time was quite challenging for me. At the time my husband should have been just finishing his paternity leave, he was unexpectedly hospitalised and I was on my own with a brand new newborn baby, a just turned 3 year old, and a one and half year old toddler with special needs. Just to add to the situation, at that time we were living in a mouldy damp flat with a leaking roof and a crazy landlady so we had to pack up and leave!
The gift my children have given me is to know that whatever life throws at us, I will deal with it and find the strength to make the best of any situation and always do the best for them. I sometimes feel like being a mum gives you a sort of super power – to deal with the unexpected and find strength to cope with whatever life throws at you. In a small child’s eyes, Mum knows everything and Mum can do anything. So when you see that look in their eyes, you know that you have to try!
I’m not saying it is all a struggle. On the contrary, it’s a joy. There have been so many laughs and smiles and special moments along the way. The words your child says unexpectedly for the first time; the steps they take, when you almost thought they were never going to get there. The last minute spontaneous trips to new destinations and seeing the joy in your children’s faces at seeing something new and exciting. So many special moments that I never knew to expect back when I was expecting my first baby, and so many more still yet to be experienced!
Maybe the unexpected is not always all that bad after all.
Today marks the start of the annual Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. Many of us within the blogging community and many companies who support breastfeeding have got together to participate in a week long Scavenger Hunt event, to share our thoughts and experiences and just have a focus on Breastfeeding throughout the week. This has been organised by Karen from the Boobiemilk blog.
I am still breastfeeding my youngest at 22 months, although I had much more difficulties with my previous children so I know from experience both how well and how badly breastfeeding can go! Breastfeeding support is always an important issue.
We have all heard the “Breast is Best” slogan – but we might not always be able to remember all of the facts and figures behind this motto. In time for Keep Britain Breastfeeding week 2013, I have gathered together some of these reasons and will also be sharing some of the other personal benefits I found.
The WHO guidelines are
WHO strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, other foods should complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more. In addition: breastfeeding should begin within an hour of birth; breastfeeding should be “on demand”, as often as the child wants day and night; and bottles or pacifiers should be avoided.
- Breast-milk contains antibodies so helps protect the baby from illness
- Infants who are breast-fed longer have fewer dental cavities throughout their lives.
- Children who were breast-fed are significantly less likely to become obese later in childhood. Formula feeding is linked to about a 20 to 30 percent greater likelihood that the child will become obese.
- Breastfeeding reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer for the Mother in later in life
- Reduces the risk of diabetes for the child
Personally, I also find the convenience a massive benefit. As mentioned, I did not breastfeed my 1st two babies for very long (I will explain all about that in my Breastfeeding Journey post on Friday) and I used to have to cart around so many things, formula powder in containers, bottles, water.. and then there is the sterilising as well. Breastfeeding gives you more freedom to just grab the baby and go without having to think about packing so many supplies, or being weighed down by all those supplies. Cost is a big thing too. Formula has increased in price even more since I had my 1st and now it seems to be 10 pounds a tub, which I found lasts about a week. That’s not really cheap. Bonding of course is another benefit. Feeding your baby to sleep is lovely, and one of the most special moments you can have with your baby.
To find out more about the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt, have a look on their Facebook page (and like them so you keep up to date with what’s happening!) There are masses of prizes to be won, loads of special offers, and so many blogs involved, so it is a very exciting event to be involved in!
As a part of the Scavenger Hunt, every day that we post we will each be linking to 5 more bloggers and one Breastfeeding friendly company, to help discover new blogs and companies to support. So today I am linking to the following blogs by some lovely people who will be joining in this week.
Here is today’s Rafflecopter!
By In The Playroom in Breastfeeding, Competitions 59 Comments Tags: #kbbf2013, baby products competition, breastfeeding, breastfeeding prize, breastfeeding products, breastfeeding vest, giveaway, keep britain breastfeeding scavenger hunt
The Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt event is starting tomorrow and will last all week. To get us off to a great start, I am launching the week with a giveaway from BreastVest! Throughout the week there will be more chances to enter for the grand prize bundle across all participating blogs and I will be posting up about the benefits of breastfeeding, breastfeeding in public, and breastfeeding at over 1 year old. I will also be linking up to lots of other blogs and companies who are joining in!
BreastVest are supporting the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt this year as they have done in previous years. There is currently a 25% code for their website which is BSH25 and will be running until the end of the month. In addition to this they will be adding a different code every day during the Scavenger Hunt so do keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter! (you will have options to follow them as part of the Rafflecopter when you enter)
Throughout June, BreastVest are also selling limited issue grey breastvests in aid of the Lullaby Trust, which supports grieving parents whose babies have been lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and also provides safe sleeping information. All of the profits from the sale of grey breastvests during June will be donated to them.
If you have not heard of BreastVest before, here is a quick explanation of the idea. It is something very handy to have for any breastfeeding mum!
Breastvest is a simple yet ingenious item of breastfeeding underwear which makes any top a breastfeeding top and makes breastfeeding in public easier.
Designed, tested and approved by breastfeeding mums, breastvest is held in place by straps and scoops just below your nursing bra, completely covering the postnatal tummy so mums can lift up whatever top they are wearing to feed their babies, safe in the knowledge that breastvest has them covered.
breastvest lets mums get back into their favourite clothes sooner, letting them breastfeed whenever, wherever and wearing whatever they want with confidence.
It was invented by now mum-of-two Sam Telfer when she was breastfeeding her first baby, Fred. Frustrated by the lack of wardrobe choice she had – especially after what seemed like an eternity in maternity wear – Sam ruined a succession of her favourite pre-pregnancy tops by stretching the necklines to feed her baby.Yes, she was desperate to get back into her favourite clothes… but the prospect of exposing the tummy her baby left behind provoked terror in equal measure. After searching for what she needed with no results, she made one herself and breastvest was born.Thousands of mums all over the world are now enjoying the benefits which come built into breastvest… and when Sam had her second baby, Georgie, she was beyond proud to be one of them!Available at www.breastvest.co.uk and a wide selection of independent stockists in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.