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Top Tips For Breastfeeding Mums | A Collaboration With Camille

Breastfeeding is a minefield, there is no doubt about that! From the moment we decide to breastfeed it is advertised to us as the ‘easy’ and ‘natural’ way of feeding our babies. And while there is no argument that it is the most natural way to feed your baby, that certainly doesn’t mean that it is always easy. One of the hardest things that any breastfeeding Mother will have to contend with is all the outdated and misinformed advice out there. It only takes one bad piece of advice to end a breastfeeding journey and so that is why I have decided to put together this list of tips for new breastfeeding mums, in the hopes that it can help even just one mum who may be struggling. Which leads me straight into tip number one: (more…)

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My Breastfeeding Essentials

Now don’t get me wrong, I am very much a ‘all you really need to breastfeed is a boob’ kinda gal. However, I do often get asked about my tips for breastfeeding so I thought this post would be a good place to start. I was also inspired after reading this list of breastfeeding essentials from Smart Cells, to share my own. Expectant mums just love a list of things to buy, it helps us to feel prepared for the new baby. Breastfeeding is often a big scary unknown for a first time mum and so feeling prepared for it can really help you to feel less daunted by it all. I also want to say at this point, please don’t feel daunted or scared at the thought of breastfeeding! Yes, it can be a minefield but there is a lot of good support and advice out there so don’t be afraid to hunt it down. I’m currently three months into breastfeeding my second baby and I breastfed my first for sixteen months, so it ‘s fair to say I’ve been around the breastfeeding block. I’ve tried a lot of products throughout that time and these are my one hundred percent honest and unbiased recommendations for you.

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Carriwell Seamless GelWire Nursing Bra Review

Boobs. Some people’s favourite subject but even though I own a perfectly good pair, it’s really not one of mine. I’ve always been quite ‘anti-boob’ (is that a thing?) and generally found them to be pretty annoying; they get in the way, don’t look how I want them to in certain outfits and worst of all is bra shopping! Trying to find the perfect bra that fits well, is comfortable and looks good has always been mission impossible to me. And pregnancy and breastfeeding has only made things worse! When Carriwell offered to send me the Seamless GelWire Nursing Bra to try out, a mixture of thoughts ran through my mind. The first was ‘thank god! I don’t have to physically go out and hunt for this bra!’ and the second was ‘but how on earth am I supposed to know which size I am?!’ After some careful consideration I chose my size and it turns out I needn’t have worried! It fits like an absolute dream and is honestly the most comfortable and supportive bra I’ve probably ever worn. I mentioned this bra in my post on Preparing for Postpartum & Breastfeeding | The Products but now that I have tested it out I thought it was time for a full review.

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Preparing for Postpartum & Breastfeeding | The Products

Following the success of my post on Preparing for a Newborn I thought I would put together a similar list of some of the products that I have for myself once Ernie is born. A lot of these will be breastfeeding related and also there are just some general postpartum items on here that will hopefully be useful to someone reading this. It’s so important to remember to look after yourself when you’ve just had a baby. Yes, your priority will be on the baby, but be kind to yourself too. Your body has just undergone one of the most traumatic experiences and it’s important to take care of yourself as a priority too. So these are some of the things that I am hoping will ease me into postpartum life:

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What’s In My Hospital Bag? | Back To Basics

When I was preparing to have my first baby, I read so many of these ‘What’s In My Hospital Bag? posts online. It must be one of the most googled questions in every pregnant woman’s search history – what on earth do I take with me to have this baby?! This time around, rather than spending too long reading other people’s lists I have simply drawn on my own experience from last time. I’ve tried to remember the things that I was really glad I had with me and the things that I really wished I had taken. I think that compared to a lot of lists online this is quite a simple one. What I have decided to take has been based on the fact that this is my second child and my first labour and delivery had no complications, therefore I have no intention of staying in the birth centre any longer than necessary.

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My Maternity Favourites

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but what with being pregnant and looking after a toddler, time has somehow managed to slip away from me in that way that it always does! In a way it is good that I am writing this at 34 weeks pregnant as I have now had almost my entire pregnancy to think about what have been my favourite maternity items and products throughout this time. It’s so easy to spend your pregnancy thinking solely about the arrival of your little one, after all that is the most exciting part! But it’s also important to remember to look after yourself while you are doing the most important job of all – growing your baby. Most of these items are related to being comfortable and treating yourself, which are obviously two very important things for any expecting mum. (more…)

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