Breastfeeding and I Linky 14

 

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It’s Breastfeeding and I Linky again; opened until Wednesday 11.55, and back here next Friday from 00.00.

Thanks to @juliecookies and @mummysmonkey for joining in last week; with their posts about flying with breast milk and reflections on the ending a breastfeeding relationship. ‘Helpful and touching reads to check out’, I say.

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Breastfeeding and I Linky 13

 

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Welcome to Breastfeeding and I Linky 13! It’s opened until Wednesday midnight. I continue to juggle and find my feet again.

Thanks to @juliecookies for linking up her thoughts about breastfeeding bullies / bressure vs lactivisits last week. It definitely got me thinking and sharing; and it resulted in a very interesting discussion on one of my online breastfeeding groups … thanks Julie 🙂

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Breastfeeding and I Linky 12

 

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Welcome to Breastfeeding and I linky 12! I am so sorry that I’ve been AWOL. Life has been full of more waves than usual in recent months, and blogging was touched in a way that wasn’t expected.

So much has happened in the last month on the breastfeeding front; I’ll be sharing more next week. I’m really late with this one, but I thought better late than allow another week to pass again without it.

Thanks to @juliecookies for linking up a superb infographic the other week; helpful breast milk storage information.

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Breastfeeding and I Linky 11

 

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Welcome to the 11th Breastfeeding and I blog link party! It’s definitely count down to the end of the school holidays now. 🙁

Yah, it’s still National Breastfeeding Month in the US; I just like the idea of celebrating motherhood and this an aspect of it that I really enjoy.

Thanks to the lovely folks that linked up last week; good reads as usual, and inspired by the recent focus of breastfeeding in the news.

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@allpastmidnight passionately, critically, and insightful responded to Alex Dyke’s comments about breastfeeding. She made a strong case for why they are less about breastfeeding and more about his misogynistic view of women; ONE TO READ!

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Breastfeeding and I Linky 10

 

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Welcome to the 10th Breastfeeding and I blog link party! What a Summer it’s been; I can’t believe we’ve passed the half way mark for the school holidays.

Happy World Breastfeeding Month to US linkers and readers; hoping more mothers and their families receive the support they need to make breastfeeding work for them.

Thanks to the lovely folks that linked up last week; good reads as usual, and all inspired in some way by World Breastfeeding Week. It would be lovely if you could drop by a day or two after you’ve linked up to check out posts that are linked up later than yours.

Please follow the linky rules, especially about the minimum comment expectation to share some blog love, and also commenting with #BreastfeedingandI to share the linky.

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@wend91 passionately and insightfully discussed whether baby feeding rooms help or hinder breastfeeding in public. This a very important issue that needs to be talked about, an area that clearly needs changing. I mean, who fancies having their lunch surrounded by smelly toilet activities. It’s also very interesting to consider what the feeding chair in all its varieties, in the different corners of various baby feeding / changing facilities, actually represent.

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BritMums Carnival: Breastfeeding and Work

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MAM Baby UK is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I, and they are supporting my posts with a number of giveaways; including the MAM Breastfeeding Set for this Carnival.

Welcome to my first BritMums Carnival. It’s so exciting to be hosting my first blog carnival, and a World Breastfeeding Week 2015 themed one at that. 🙂

This is my first World Breastfeeding Week, and it’s been such fun and a lot of work celebrating it in different ways. Last week was all about the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. I wrapped the week up by joining in with Emma-Jane Maternity Blog’s World Breastfeeding Week carnival, with my post about 5 Things to Make Breastfeeding at Work, Work. It’s also been fab hosting lots of breastfeeding products’ giveaway for you all.

I look forward to reviewing my engagement with this important Week, but I’ve got a Carnival to host first!

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1. I (@aNoviceMum) blogged about my experience of breastfeeding after maternity leave. It’s an emotional issue that I really have to explore. I didn’t realise how important it was to be as prepared as possible for my return to work meeting, because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t realise how emotional the process would be and how disempowered I could feel. The process touched on nerves I didn’t know were so raw, and in the end I had to find a different pathway to return to work. I’m so glad that I eventually found a way to make breastfeeding work for my family and I, as well as for my employers, after maternity leave.

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2. Sian (@QFSheSaid) wrote about Working and Breastfeeding as part of her participation in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. She rightly highlighted that the end of maternity leave doesn’t have to be the end of one’s breastfeeding journey. There are so many ways to continue breastfeeding when working mums return to work part-time or full-time. Sian’s experience about how she made breastfeeding her 11 month old work, with work is one to read. The NHS link she included in her post is also worth checking out.

3. @MummiesWaiting wrote about The Struggle of a Breastfeeder When Going Back to Work for this Carnival. Her childcare experience with feeding babies and toddlers prior to becoming a mum, and the impact of this on her thinking in relation to breastfeeding and work is one to read. She takes us through how she emotionally and practically maintained breastfeeding her 6 months old, after maternity leave. We need more stories of mums’ experiences of making breastfeeding work, at work. Her reference to coconut milk as her plan B, incase she didn’t have enough pumped milk got me researching.

4. @biscuitboxfox wrote about her new breastfeeding hashtag – #babygottaboob – for World Breastfeeding Week, to promote everyday brestfeeding images. She appreciates how the Week highlights unsensationalized breastfeeding stories that encourage support for breastfeeding mums and their families worldwide. She discussed the bad and good of recent exploration of breastfeeding in the news. Breastfeeding celebrity images are useful, #brelfies are beneficial; but there’s more to breastfeeding than the focus on its nutritional value which is common to these images. She challenges mums everywhere to join in with her new hashtag; another way to support each other on our breastfeeding journeys.

5. 4 of @PositiveAboutBF‘s bloggers shared snippets from their different experiences of making breastfeeding work at work. They summarised their journeys from feeling anxious about breastfeeding at work, to how they found ways to make it work for their family … from breastfeeding at a Bat Workers’ Conference to cancelling an early end of maternity leave … to long reconnecting feeds after work … to the option to express at work only if needed. Such encouraging and diverse stories are helpful reads, especially for working breastfeeding mums.

6. Julie (@juliecookies) blogged about Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials. It’s so important for breastfeeding mums to know their breastfeeding at work rights. It enables them to plan how to continue their breastfeeding journey effectively and efficiently after maternity leave. Julie highlights things to do, as well as things to have, especially for mums who are planning to pump at work. Even though Julie writes for a mainly US audience, all working breastfeeding mums will find her tips useful. Her post makes me look forward to a time when breastfeeding breaks becomes statutory in the UK, in addition to normal work breaks. I’m also pleased that bathrooms are not acceptable designated places for washing breastmilk pumps in the UK.

Such useful posts, wouldn’t you agree? I hope you visit each of them to get the ‘full story’.

There will be future Carnivals, let me know if you would like to find out more.

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5 Things to Make Breastfeeding at Work, Work

As we wrap World Breastfeeding Week 2015, I’m joining in with Emm Jane Maternity’s World Breastfeeding Week carnival, on this year’s theme of working mums and breastfeeding. They are also supporting this post with a giveaway of one of their Next Generation breastfeeding bras.

I gave little thought to breastfeeding when I was pregnant, much thought to returning to work after maternity leave, and no thought to breastfeeding when I did. Breastfeeding at work was something that didn’t even enter my mind. However, before I left the maternity ward after giving birth, I saw this NHS leaflet about breastfeeding and work and it got me thinking. Continue reading

Breastfeeding and I Linky 9

 

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Welcome to the 9th Breastfeeding and I blog link party! So sorry I missed a week; it’s been very hectic with World Breastfeeding Week; I underestimated how time consuming it would be.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week; hoping society does more to make breastfeeding and work, work better for mothers and their families!

Thanks to the lovely folks that linked up two weeks ago; good reads as usual. Please remember to add the badge and comment with #BreastfeedingandI to share the linky.

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@BabyChaos11‘s first week’s diary of weaning her 19 months old to 2 feeds per day, due to acid reflux tugged on my heart. It’s so sad that a breastfeeding journey with a self weaning goal has to end. Life hey, sometimes important decisions are taken out of hands and we have to come to terms with it. What difficult choices we have to make sometimes, for love.

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When The Last Latch Comes

My post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2015: Day 6: The End of the Journey | Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015
See the end of my post for some of the participating blogs

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MAM Baby UK , Mulit-Mam, and BreastVest, and Mother Loves Cookies are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 6 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts:
Mother Loves Cookies’ box of delicious lactation cookies | 20% discount on Mother Loves lactaton cookies with the code ‘aNoviceMum’ | Breastvest | MAM Breastfeeding and Steriliser Set | MAM Breastfeeding Pads | a MultiMam New Mum Pack and Loyon | 50% discount on a MultiMam New Mum Pack and MultiMam balm with the code ‘aNoviceMum’

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My Husband and Breastfeeding

Blog Hop & Grand Prize

Thanks for hopping over from Monkey and Mouse and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt: Day 6: The People Behind The Breastfeeder
Today’s sponsors include Ardo Breastpumps who are giving away a Calypso Single Breastpump, Breastvest who are offering an essential breastvest duo (1x black and 1x white) in your size, and Mother Loves Cookies who are providing a box of delicious lactation cookies for our Grand Prize winner
Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs; entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

My Giveaways and Discount Code

MAM Baby UK , MulitMam, and BreastVest, and Mother Loves Cookies are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 6 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts:
Mother Loves Cookies’ box of delicious lactation cookies | 20% discount on Mother Loves lactaton cookies with the code ‘aNoviceMum’  | Breastvest | MAM Breastfeeding and Steriliser Set | MAM Breastfeeding Pads | a MultiMam New Mum Pack and Loyon | 50% discount on a MultiMam New Mum Pack and MultiMam balm with the code ‘aNoviceMum’

Months ago, I wrote about 5 groups of people whose support was crucial on my breastfeeding journey. Today, I am reflecting on my husband’s place on this road; it’s so special to be doing this during the week of our wedding anniversary!

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