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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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.

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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.

Sep 152012
 

Breastfeeding can be fantastic and wonderful for mother and child, but often there are some hurdles to jump. As a mum you just want to see that you are doing the best for your baby, you want to see your baby grow and be healthy. Many mothers worry about their milk supply and are keen to build it up by expressing and eating the right food. Famous lactation consultant Pinky McKay decided to help these mums out and developed a delicious biscuit that doesn’t just taste great but will help your body create more breastmilk for your baby, the natural way. Let me introduce to you: Boobie Bikkies.

Now don’t worry about where to find the time to bake biscuits or source hard-to-get ingredients, Bookie Bikkies are sold ready-to-eat. There is no baking required and they even come conveniently packed in separate wrappers so you can take them along in your nappy bag or keep some next to your bed, it also means they stay fresh for longer. It doesn’t get any easier than this, no more excuses for picking an unhealthy snack!

It can be tricky to know what and what no to eat but Pinky has done the research for you. Bookie Bikkies are made using only natural and organic ingredients that are well known to aid breastfeeding mums, ingredients that will nourish your nervous system and your baby’s. They are full of whole grains, protein, B vitamins, minerals, iron and Omega 3 essential fatty acids and you are passing all these important nutrients on to your baby.

Although I can’t speak for the effect on my milk supply (baby is not born yet) I can say these are probably one of the best biscuits I have ever tried. You don’t just know that they are good for you, they actually taste wholesome and really yummy (and they are big)! Boobie Bikkies are available in Vanilla flavour and Orange & Cinnamon flavour and you can buy them per carton of 10 or subscribe and get multiple cartons delivered each month. To try first you can request a free sample, just pay postage.

To find out more about Pinky’s Boobie Bikkies, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.boobiebikkies.com.au.

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