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When Your Breastfeeding Journey Doesn’t Go to Plan: Thoughts from Mums Who’ve Been There

As such a personal thing, all women have different aims for breastfeeding. The great thing is we can all decide for ourselves what we hope for and want. The bad side is unfortunately our journey through breastfeeding doesn’t always line up with the one we had planned for. The Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey in 2017 found that three quarters of those who stopped breastfeeding would have liked to have continued for longer. With these outcomes, a lot of us can feel disappointed with how breastfeeding turns out. We’ve heard from a lot of women about this and some common themes have been feeling like a failure and feeling guilty for stopping.  “… the stress and worry I put...

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Top Tips on How to Get Through Labour - By New Mums

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to cope with being labour and if you’re approaching this time you could be feeling a little overwhelmed or anxious. Books or websites can provide an explanation of what is happening to your body physically but the guidance for how to actually survive the experience can seem quite matter of fact or, often I found, wildly optimistic. We collected some tips from women who have recently given birth and can still remember the experience and what helped them to cope. Think of sustenance It’s important to keep your energy levels going with some healthy snacks… or sweets. Marshmallows, my husband fed me marshmallows. And the toast and tea right after was the greatest...

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All You Need to Know About Milk Baths

A milk bath is a bath which has milk added to the water, this could be cows or another milk or it could be breastmilk, or is often a  combination of these. Milk baths are not a modern invention, this soothing and nurturing practice had been around for centuries but the idea is making a comeback. Using milk in a bath can leave skin feeling extra soft and the milk creates a mild exfoliating action and the fats within the milk are great moisturisers. Many women have used their breastmilk in baths for their babies to provide these benefits and more due to the incredible qualities of breast milk! We love how beautiful babies look enjoying their milk baths. Apart from...

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How to Keep Your Sanity as a Parent During Lockdown

  This is a trying time and even with a strong dose of positivity it isn’t an ideal situation. So many changes, uncertainty, stress and lack of emotional support from our social networks are a strain mentally and the same goes for kids so they may be acting up. Here are a few tips for dealing with parenting in lockdown:   Lower your expectations, a lot This may be the biggest thing you can do to keep your sanity. Many of us inadvertently raised our expectations when we readied ourselves for the challenge of dealing with lockdown. When yourself and your children are dealing with any major life changes or stress you wouldn’t normally expect to be on the top...

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Making Craft Momentos in Lockdown

Momentos can really take us back to a special time. Sometimes it’s the object itself but the process of creating something can develop a deeper memory of how things were at that time. Here are a few of our ideas for craft activities for creating memories during lockdown. Hand prints If you’re able to keep a baby’s hands still for long enough then handprints are a classic keepsake that provide a physical reminder or how tiny they used to be! If you don’t have any clay then paint will do and there are loads of clever designs available online to follow. You could make cards to keep in touch with grandparents while you’re at it.  Turn to nature for inspiration...

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