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Alcohol and breastfeeding

When I attended the breastfeeding workshop at my hospital before giving birth, the question ‘can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding’? was put forth by someone and since then I’ve heard it asked many times by other girls. As someone who doesn’t drink often, I was surprised by this question but realised later how many women have the same question. So I thought I’d write about it. After 9 months of pregnancy and not drinking, many women look forward to having a glass of wine again. The question that arises is whether drinking alcohol is safe if you are breastfeeding. According…

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How to spend your maternity leave

Whether you have already started your maternity leave or it’s still in the horizon, you might be thinking about how you will spend that time. Here’s some advice from mums who’ve just been there. I recently caught up with a few ladies who had survived their first year of becoming a mother to learn how they had spent their maternity leave and what they would recommend to mums-to-be. For many women in the UK, maternity leave can span from a few months to a year. Many mums-to-be have ideas of what their maternity leave will be like but in fact…

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No time to eat?

A newborn baby places a lot of demands on a new mum.  So much so that eating a nutritious meal can be difficult unless it’s been prepared by someone else.  Personally, I would go through huge tubes of Meridian Peanut Butter to get me through the day when I had a young baby.  It was fast and easy and didn’t require much washing up except for the licked spoon.My friends mentioned that they didn’t have time to cook so a pizza picked up on the way home from work by hubby or a pasta cooked by husband when he got…

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What you didn’t know about becoming a mum for the first time

BeHere are seven things to be aware of before the baby arrives: GIVING BIRTH: The birthing experience was a bit opaque for me even though I had done the NCT prenatal course. I suppose you don’t know what you don’t know so you can’t ask and you can’t research it.  Noone told me about what would happen during birth until a friend offered to take me out and just fill me in.  But her kind gesture to prepare me was so greatly appreciated.  If a friend is pregnant and you’ve been there, done that why not offer to share your…

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Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day and since giving birth to my son in 2015, I am now priviledged to be a mother. And it really is a priviledge and the biggest blessing despite the daily struggles and frustrations. So what does it mean to be a mother? Well, life changes completely when you enter the world of motherhood. You change. Some say you worry less but for me, I worry more. You become more confident in yourself even when you are unsure of what to do. You prioritise your child and therefore you know that whatever decision you make is the…

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Using a nursing pillow

In the weeks following the birth of my son in 2015, I developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my hands.  The physical strains of carrying a baby, changing him, holding him, feeding him, pushing the pushchair all put pressure on my hands and shoulders.  Whilst feeding him in bed, I was lazy at times to put pillows behind me or underneath him.  I ended up having very sore shoulders.  The first signs of Carpal Tunnel were tingling in my hands when I woke up in the morning.  I also developed trigger thumb.  One morning I woke up to find my left…

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Places to go with a baby around Fulham

Last year when I began my maternity leave, I was surprised by the feeling of loneliness which I experienced in the first six months.  I felt this despite my husband working from home.  My NCT group met on a weekly basis and that was a godsend but I’ve put together a list of activities and places in South West London (Putney, Fulham,Chelsea etc) that new mothers can go with their babies or toddlers to meet others.  (Please do check with each venue in case times have changed). Fulham Library – holds a baby bounce session every Monday 10:45-11:15. https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/libraries/library-events/whats-children-our-libraries Putney…

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Baby breakfast: Greek yoghurt + nut butter

 I had to whip up something fast for my son this morning and this is what happened.  He loved it and it gave him sufficient energy to begin the day.  To avoid a mess, I recommend buying slightly creamier yoghurt which doesn’t spill everywhere if your child wants to feed themselves.  It’s possible to make this recipe with the Almond butter or Peanut butter which are also available from Meridian.  This butter was smooth (i.e. no crunchy bits) so it was easy for my son to eat.  I also think using these nut butters is a great way to introduce…

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