May 212018
 

Now that Ted has finally accepted the Neocate formula prescribed by the allergy specialist he is reducing his breastfeeds. Not only does this make me a little sad, it also increases my risk of mastitis which is something I am rather prone to. Knowing how horrendous mastitis is I am well prepared and making sure blocked milk ducts are dealt with promptly and effectively thanks to LaVie:

As the name suggests the LaVie Lactation Massager (RRP $49.95, rose or teal) is a clever little massage tool specifically designed for breastfeeding and pumping mothers. It is compact, it is clean, it is effective, it is waterproof and it is incredibly versatile! If you have ever experienced the pain and discomfort of clogged ducts or struggled to completely empty your breasts during a feed the LaVie may well be the life-saver you are looking for.

The rechargeable LaVie massager has a unique shape that is easy to hold in one hand while you can use your other hand to hold/feed your baby or to keep your breast in the right location for targeted massaging. Using the LaVie is simple and starts by charging the device at the power point. Once fully charged you can turn it on and push the button to select the massaging/vibrating pattern that suits your needs best.

You can then point, move, press and rotate either the narrow tip, long side or the wider end of the LaVie massager directly on those hard-to-reach problem areas in your breasts. The quiet vibration will help unblock those painful blockages and improve milk flow, without all the hard work of a manual massage and you can do it anytime and anywhere. You can even pop the LaVie in your bra before a feed to improve milk let down, so handy!

Obviously every mother and each situation is different and therefore results may vary. Personally I was very pleased with the results and will definitely continue using the LaVie. I use my favourite heat bag (a lavender filled MyOKi) to warm up my sore breast before feeding, then feed Ted from one breast while working on the painful areas on the other side with the LaVie. Being waterproof you can also massage in the shower when you are relaxed and the hot water helps milk flow easier.

Handy tip: If your shoulders get a little achy from breastfeeding your baby (or in my case sometimes two children at once!) you should try to use the pointy end of the LaVie massager on your shoulder. It works a treat!

To find out more about LaVie, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.laviemum.com.au.

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Dec 172017
 

As the end of the year draws near I am secretly getting excited about getting back in shape in the new year, I have a wardrobe full of pre-baby clothes I can’t wait to wear again. As you can probably imagine delivering a 4.6kg baby was no easy task, recovery has been slow and unfortunately I am yet to get the doctor’s tick of approval to start exercising again. It has been almost three months since Ted was born and thankfully I am feeling a bit stronger every day so I am slowly picking up the pace with the help of Maze Activewear:

Designed for new, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of all shapes and sizes Maze Activewear offers stylish, high quality activewear that is both practical and flattering. I am a bit disappointed that I only discovered this awesome label after Ted was born as I am loving this supportive yet comfy sports gear!

Most expecting mums will know that it is important to stay active during pregnancy, but at the same time your changing body and that rapidly growing bump can leave you feeling a bit out of balance and unsure. Don’t worry mama, Maze Activewear will help you feel confident and supported in all the right places with their fabulous over-the-belly Maternity Tights (RRP $79.95-$89.95, size XS – L).

Featuring a breathable and seam-free tummy panel that grows with you as your baby belly grows, stability power mesh that will make you strong and steady and hi-tech performance fabric these tights are your ultimate exercise buddy. They are available in both full length and a shorter 3/4 length and come in a range of neutral colours to compliment all your favourite workout gear.

Once baby has arrived most mamas will find their new body will take some getting used to, after 6 babies my body most certainly isn’t bouncing back the way celebrities seem to do! The Maze Activewear High Waisted 3/4 Tights (RRP $49.95, size XS-L) do a fantastic job keeping all those wobbly bits in place while the Active Core Stability technology provides much needed support for this poor mummy tummy which has had quite the beating. Added bonus: A handy zip pocket at the back to keep your gym pass or keys safe and mesh panels on the lower leg for extra air flow.

Whether I am at home or out and about and whether I am relaxing or working out, our big boy counts on easy nursing access. With the Nursing Sports Bra (RRP $59, size XS-L) you can get fit and feed at the same time, easy drop-down cups allow for convenient breastfeeding (and a nursing pad if desired) while the powerful nylon/spandex/cotton blend will keep you comfortable and supported through your entire training session. The ergonomic racer back design distributes the weight evenly and stops me from getting a sore back and shoulders.

Hip Tip: When you buy the Maternity Tights and Nursing Sports Bra together you get a welcome 15% bundle discount. For an even bigger saving why not join the Maze Activewear mailing list to enjoy an additional 10% discount on your first order, simply enter your email address at the bottom of the home page to receive your discount code in your inbox.

Want to get started on your workout as soon as possible? Make sure you refer to the handy Maze Activewear Size Chart to select the size that is right for you. For extra peace of mind a hassle-free returns and exchange policy is in place.

To find out more about Maze Activewear, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mazeactivewear.com.au, shipping is free Australia wide.

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Milkbar giveaway

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Oct 302017
 

It may surprise you but even after six kids and with more than 53 months of breastfeeding under my belt I am still learning new things. As someone who always has an oversupply of milk I have seen lots of precious breastmilk drip away, soaking piles of towels every day. Of course I realised this was a real waste, but I was also hesitant to start pumping and increase my milk production (and my mastitis risk) even more. Until I discovered Milkbar

Milkbar Breastpumps is an Australian online store that specialises in, you guessed it, breast pumps. Proud owner and mama-of-two Diana has selected only the very best brands and is dedicated to providing Aussie mothers with valuable knowledge and expert advise when it comes to feeding your baby and finding the right product for you and your situation. Diana definitely hit the mark for me when she sent me this awesome pack by New Zealand brand Haakaa:

Quick and easy to use the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump (RRP $27.90-$29.90) is not only a very effective but also affordable way to capture every valuable drop of breastmilk that comes out of your breast while you are feeding your baby on the other side. Based on the concept of suction you simply squeeze the Haakaa pump and place it on your breast, creating a vacuum seal around your nipple. Instead of your milk dripping away and going to waste it now flows straight into the Haakaa pump, it’s as easy as that!

On my very first try of the Haakaa pump I collected 90ml of breastmilk, without any effort and without the worry of overstimulating my breasts to make more milk. Since then I have been collecting my ‘excess’ milk at every feed which left me with quite a nice emergency supply in the freezer. It has also proven to be very handy for dissolving Ted’s daily reflux medication and even miss 2 (whom I had to wean six months ago) has been able to enjoy a little cup of breastmilk every now and then. Needless to say I am super chuffed with my Haakaa.

Featuring a simple one-piece design this compact pump is an absolute breeze to use and clean (great for sleep deprived parents), it can be cleaned in a steriliser, boiled water or dishwasher. There are no tricky bits to put together or go missing and no batteries or cords to mess around with, it’s always ready to go. You can store your breastmilk directly in your Haakaa using the funky Flower Stopper or Storage Cap or you can transfer the milk into milk storage bags or containers.

Especially for new mamas Haakaa has combined all your pumping essentials in the fabulous Haakaa New Mum Starter Pack (RRP $55), containing a 150ml Haakaa Breast Pump, Storage Cap, Flower Stopper and a box of 36 disposable Haakaa breast pads. Good to know: The Haakaa Breast Pump is made from 100% food grade silicone and is completely from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

To find out more about Milkbar Breastpumps, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkbarbreastpumps.com.au.

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Beautiful Bellies on a Budget

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Jan 142017
 

As a mum of five I know all too well that putting together a good maternity/nursing wardrobe can be costly. I learnt quickly that you need to think ahead and invest in garments that are timeless, good quality and will grow with you during your pregnancy and ideally can be worn afterwards too. Struggling to find those perfect pieces without breaking the bank? Check out these awesome sale buys from Beautiful Bellies:

Designed for pregnancy and beyond the classic Ninth Moon Stripe Tube Dress (RRP $79.99, now $29) is sure to be a big wardrobe favourite for stylish mamas. Made from soft, stretchy fabric this lovely dress is super comfortable and the gathered sides will bring out your growing tummy beautifully. It even has hidden breastfeeding access, simply open up the press studs and lift up the under layer. At almost 16 months old miss Hattie still feeds several times a day so I couldn’t resist treating myself so this bargain, I’ll let you know how we go!

This casual Ninth Moon Hoodie Feeding Top (RRP $69.95, now $19.95) is perfect for cooler weather: the longer length will keep your baby bump nice and warm and when it comes to feeding you can stay cosy and covered up. Just team it up with your favourite jeans and you’ve got yourself a great pregnancy combo. There are several different colours to choose from, you just have to be lucky with size!

Sneakily I am still tossing up whether to get this stunning Ninth Moon Maxi Dress (RRP $99.95, now $39). Navy is my favourite colour and I can totally see myself wearing this classy frock, I just love the little tan belt that adds a lovely shape to your waist! It would look amazing with a beautiful baby belly and would look great post-baby too when it offers easy nursing access and hides any unwanted lumps and bumps.

To find out more about Beautiful Bellies, to browse the range and to order online visit www.beautifulbellies.com.au.

Natursutten giveaway

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May 172016
 

Natursutten

Today it has been 7 weeks since little miss Harriet had her tongue snipped. Initially I feared it had made no difference at all but slowly we are starting to see some great improvements. Breastfeeding is becoming easier, she is able to eat some solids and even manages to keep in her dummy for a short while (up until now it would just fall out).

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Just like her older sister Harriet has taken a liking to the fabulous natural soothers by eco-label Natursutten. These European made pacifiers are made from soft, 100% natural, sustainable rubber and therefore contain no toxic chemicals, this makes them super safe for your baby and the environment.

Natursutten RoundAt first sight Natursutten Natural Soothers may look a bit funny but this innovative design is made out of one piece so there are no tiny gaps or joins for nasty bacteria or yucky residue to hide in (Have you looked at your baby’s dummy lately, and I mean closely?…. Exactly!). At the same time the one-piece design lowers the choking hazard, standard dummies are at risk of coming apart and as a result your baby could possibly choke on small particles.

Natursutten OrthodonticInitially I had my doubts about the unique shape of this dummy, the round shield is larger than normal and seemed big for such a little face. However once I read up on the Natursutten pacifier a bit more I started to appreciate this design a lot. The larger shield prevents baby from bending the rubber and fitting it in his/her mouth. It also nearly touches baby’s nose and in doing so it mimics the feeling of the mother’s breast, making this is a great dummy for breastfed babies like our Harriet.

You can find the Natursutten soothers (RRP $9.95, round or orthodontic) in store at Avidiva, choose from size Small (0-6 months), Medium (6-12 months) and Large (12 months +).

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To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the Natursutten range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au.

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Breastfeeding Booster with Mix & Go

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Apr 242016
 

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Maybe it’s the many broken nights, maybe it’s the nasty cold I am battling, Hattie teething or just a growth spurt, either way I felt like my milk supply was not meeting Harriet’s demands lately. Obviously there are plenty of so-called ‘lactation cookies’ recipes out there to boost your milk production but as a busy mum I needed something a little quicker. With the help of George Foreman I whipped up this easy peasy breastfeeding booster in just a few minutes.

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Fitness FriendThe limited edition Mix & Go Fitness Friend Pack (RRP $49.95) is a perfect present for health conscious mamas this Mother’s Day and, the even better, it doesn’t cost a fortune. This super value pack contains the Mix & Go blending system with 2 drinking bottles (600ml, 1 transparent/1 purple), 2 flip lids and 2 purple Chill Sticks to keep your drinks cool for longer. Fruit, vegetables, milk, ice, juice, yoghurt, spices… the Mix & Go instantly turns your favourite foods into a healthy smoothie that you can take with you as you run out the door in the morning.

Health MillTo give your smoothies some extra power the pack also includes the handy Mix & Go Health Mill (120ml), a clever Mix & Go add-on that crushes and grinds nuts, spices and herbs. Add them to your smoothies to make them even healthier or create nut butters, spice blends, dressings or pestos from scratch (a keep-fresh lid is included for easy storage). I love how the compact Mix & Go system hardly takes up any space on your kitchen bench yet it is so versatile, the options are endless.

Health Mill Peanuts

Want to make your own quick, health and totally yummy Mama Milk Smoothie? Here’s how to do it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp brewer’s yeast (If you can’t find it at the supermarket, try your local health food store)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Chill SticksSimply add all ingredients to your Mix & Go drink bottle, screw on the powerful crushing blades and place it on the Mix & Go unit. Without any effort the Mix & Go will blend all those nutritious ingredients to perfection, now that’s an easy homemade smoothie! Attach a Chill Stick to the drinking lid for some extra cool, close the bottle and your grab-and-go Breastfeeding Booster is ready. This makes quite a large smoothie that’s nice and creamy and of course very delicious, enjoy.

To find out more George Foreman, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.georgeforeman.com.au.

Snooze in style with Cake Maternity

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Apr 222016
 

Cake Lingerie

In just a few days baby Harriet will be seven months old. Seven beautiful months of baby cuddles, precious snuggles, cheeky smiles and many broken nights. As exhausting as they may be I really treasure those quiet feeds in the dark, babies grow up too fast! As you may remember I have worn Cake Maternity throughout my last three pregnancies and still do today, making breastfeeding simple and stylish.

Cake Gateau

Cake Maternity range is all about feminine, fashionable and functional maternity/nursing lingerie and sleepwear for beautiful mamas, here’s a little peek at the brand new Gateau collection:

Featuring beautiful deep colours and soft, luxurious fabrics the breastfeeding friendly Gateau collection is the perfect gift for new and expecting mamas this Mother’s Day. Ditch the old, baggy, unflattering tracksuits and swap them for Cake Maternity pieces that are designed to show off your beautiful baby bump and offer support in all the right places. As a long-time Cake fan I can safely say the fit, quality, durability and attention to detail are outstanding.

Gateau Cake Maternity

With two camisoles, two chemises, pants and a matching robe the new Gateau collection is ideal for mixing and matching, allowing you to create different looks to suit your personal taste and needs. During pregnancy and beyond, at hospital or at home, Cake Maternity will make you feel comfortable and confident. Prices start at RRP $59.90.

To find out more about Cake Maternity, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.cakematernity.com.