You Are Not Still 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. It’s Day 5: Extended Breastfeeding.
We have over £700 worth of breastfeeding and baby goodies up for grabs including prizes from More4Mums providing a set of ‘Hot Milk’ Lingerie, a signed hardback limited edition copy of Milky Moments and a £30 voucher from Milk Chic
Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here and all entries to be completed via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

My Giveaways and Discount Code

MAM Baby UK , MulitMam, and BreastVest are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 3 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts:
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’

The Comments

“You look tired.”
“Yeah, difficult night feeding but I’m alright.”
“You are not still breastfeeding, are you?”

quick smiles and attempts to change the conversation

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Breastfeeding After Maternity Leave: My Story (1)

Blog Hop & Grand Prize

Thanks for hopping over from Mummies Waiting and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.
Day 4Working and Breastfeeding sponsors today include Feed Me Mummy with a black and white vest combo, Thrupenny Bits who are offering a cute cord in blue breastfeeding cushion, and Kids Bee Happy who are offering a choice of sand art picture for our Grand Prize winner.
Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs; entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here.

 


My Giveaways and Discount Code

MAM Baby UK , MulitMam, and BreastVest are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 3 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts:
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’

Breastfeeding after maternity leave

The idea of continuing with breastfeeding when I returned to work was highlighted to me by a leaflet I stumbled upon at the maternity ward before I was discharged. I hadn’t thought that far yet and didn’t think about it again until when I had to write a letter to give notice of my return from maternity leave. Continue reading

What to Wear to Breastfeed

Blog Hop & Grand Prize

Thanks for hopping over from Mum without Wheels and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.
Day 3: How to Dress to Impress sponsors today include Feed Me Mummy with a black and white vest combo, Thrupenny Bits who are offering a cute cord in blue breastfeeding cushion, and Kids Bee Happy who are offering a choice of sand art picture for our Grand Prize winner.
Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs; entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here.

 


My Giveaways and Discount Code

MAM Baby UK , MulitMam, and BreastVest are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 3 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts:
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’

Clothes & I pre-Breastfeeding

I’ve never been one to give much time to dressing to impress. I mean, I do like to look good, especially on special occasions. However, I’m unwilling to put much effort into this aspect of living. I’m rather inclined to grab what’s available on the day, to wear; and I’m not keen on ironing either. Continue reading

Finding Confidence To Breastfeed in Public

Thanks for hopping over from My Thoughts On Things and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.
Day 2: Positive Public Feeding we have over £700 worth of breastfeeding and baby goodies up for grabs including prizes from Snoob with a breastfeeding scarf, a goodie bag from Forever Patricia and a breastfeeding necklace from Booby and the Bead.  Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here and all entries to be completed via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

MAM Baby UK and MulitMam are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with my readers and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 2 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts: 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’ from August 1 – 31

Breastfeed in public?

I wish I could write that our first latch was an indicator of how our breastfeeding journey would proceed. I wish I could say that the breastfeeding honeymoon that it was, lasted. Fancy being in this wonderful place with the first fruit of your womb … the nurse helping you when needed … your husband and a few other professionals in the background … enraptured in your first breastfeed … without a care in the world. Continue reading

Our First Latch

Thanks for hopping over from Musings from a Northern Village and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.
Day 1: The Start of My Journey sponsors today include  Boobie Milk with a £50 voucher, Cherub Chews who are offering a breastfeeding necklace and Loveyush who are offering a breastfeeding scarf for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

MAM Baby UK and MulitMam are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with my readers and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 1 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts: MAM Breastfeeding and Steriliser Set | a MultiMam New Mum Pack and Loyon | 50% discount on a MultiMam New Mum Pack and MultiMam balm with the code aNoviceMum from August 1 – 31

 Right now

Writing about our first latch fills me with a range of emotions I can’t quite describe. I find myself absent-mindedly smiling from the depths of my belly; catching myself doing this, only to knowingly smile some more. Continue reading

Submissions Request | BritMums Carnival 11Aug15

Yah, I’m hosting my first blog carnival … the BritMums Carnival!

Why?

This is part of my Breastfeeding and I project ‘s celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.

Where?

Right here on my blog on 11 August 2015, with multiple shares on different Social Media platforms.

Theme?

The World Breastfeeding Week’s 2015 theme: working women and breastfeeding / breastfeeding and work.

I will consider other breastfeeding related posts, if not for this post, for future themed and general #BreastfeedingandI carnivals that I’m planning to host.

What?

I will be writing a post with key points from all the posts I accept for this carnival, with links to them.

A BritMums Carnival to celebrate #WorldBreastfeedingWeek 15 | http://adventuresofanovicemum.co.uk | @aNoviceMum

How?

Submit a relevant blog post to me by replying my tweet or post by Saturday 8 August 2015. You can also DM, PM, or email me.

I will read it and comment, and let you know if I’ll include it in this carnival.

Benefits

  • Share your post
  • Reach a wider audience
  • Find new blogs
  • Find new readers
  • Natural external link for your domain authority and search engine link juice

BritMums Rules

  • Submit a post that has been written within the past 4 weeks
  • Help publicise the carnival on your blog and social networks

I will:

  • Share all accepted posts with @BritMums and also retweet it
  • Share the carnival post on my new #BreastfeedingandI Facebook page (which will be launched soon); and on all my Social Media Networks

Would be lovely if:

  • You add my nofollow carnival badge to your post if it’s accepted for the carnival; to help tell others about it
  • You visit the carnival and read / comment on some or all the linked posts with the hashtags, #BritMumsCarnival,  #WorldBreastfeedingWeek, and #WBW2015

Other ways to get join in

If you don’t have a post to submit but will like to support the carnival, you can:

  • share the carnival’s posts – submission request, submissions, write-up – on your social networks
  • display the carnival ‘s nofollow badge on your blog to share it with your readers

Carnival nofollow badge

  • Available from 9 August 2015.

Blog carnivals are another type of blog link party to help drive traffic to your blog, and share some blog love. Carnivals are especially known for their ability to spread link love, and indeed comment love when they work as they should.

So, what are you waiting for? Submit your relevant post if you already have it, or write one for the carnival.

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Welcome to the 8th Breastfeeding and I blog link party!

Thanks to the lovely folks that linked up last week; good reads as usual.

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@juliecookies’s fab workplace provision to support breastfeeding employees is fantastic. This has supported her in maintaining her breastfeeding relationship with her little one. Fancy lactation rooms with hospital grade breast pumps, a fridge, free bottle water, and storage cabinet.

This is the sort of experience World Breastfeeding Week wants more women to have in their workplace. This year’s theme is about breastfeeding and work (in its broadest sense), to promote policies and practices on local, regional, and national levels, that make workplaces more conducive to breastfeeding.

Julie, please grab the code for your featured post badge.

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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015

It’s been about a month since the UK National Breastfeeding Week; I’m so excited that an even bigger Breastfeeding event is here.

It’s World Breastfeeding Week 2015 in a week, 1 to 7 August … yah! So many people from all around the world joining together to take ACTION for breastfeeding. Global actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding is needed in a world where informed choice about infant feeding is not as widespread as it could be.

This year’s theme is: Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!

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“Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed”.

A woman’s productivity does not have to be dwarfed by her necessary choice (or not in some cases, sadly) to reproduce and breastfeed. This year’s focus is about promoting policies and practices to support ALL woman to adequately juggle breastfeeding and work (whatever work may be). It’s worth visiting the World Breastfeeding Week website for more information and resources.

You might know about my Breastfeeding and I project which overall aims to promote positive and constructive conversations about infant feeding in general and breastfeeding in particular. I am celebrating World Breastfeeding Week as part of this.

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How I’m I Celebrating?

I will explore the World Breastfeeding Week’s website to find out more, and share about the Week online and offline.

I will continue to speak up for breastfeeding in the workplace, whenever I have the opportunity.

I’m joining in with Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt; this involves writing and reading posts with the following themes during World Breastfeeding Week:

Saturday 1st August – The start of my Breastfeeding Journey
Sunday 2nd August – Positive Public Breastfeeding
Monday 3rd August – How to Dress to Impress
Tuesday 4th August – Working and Breastfeeding
Wednesday 5th August – Extended Breastfeeding (past one year)
Thursday 6th August – The People Behind the Breastfeeder
Friday 7th August – The end of my Breastfeeding Journey
Some of my posts might come with giveaways from brands I enjoy working with … more to be revealed later. 🙂 So, do visit for a read and a potential win. 🙂

Stumbling on this campaign last year whilst on maternity leave, introduced me to blog competitions and the mummy blogging world. So, participating this year as a blogger, is especially lovely.

I’m part of the #PostiveAboutBF breastfeeding collaboration , check out our Facebook page and @PostiveAboutBF on Twitter for positives stories about breastfeeding. I will be contributing to our collaborative blog and helping to host twitter chats from 8 to 9pm every day of World Breastfeeding Week, based on the Keep Britain Breastfeeding themes.

I will be launching my BreastfeedingandI Facebook page next week, in time for World Breastfeeding Week. Come and say hello and join in with positive and constructive discussions about infant feeding in general and breastfeeding in particular.

I will follow The Global BIG Latch On on 31 July and 1 August 2015 online, and share it online and offline. They are trying to break the record for the most children breastfeeding simultaneously.

I am hosting the BritMums Carnival on the 11 August 2015, focused on theWorld Breastfeeding Week’s theme for this year.

How can you join in?

  • Visit and explore the World Breastfeeding Week‘s website.
  • Join in with the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt – there’s a grand prize to be won, and other prizes on some of the participating blogs … so many lovely blogs and reads to discover.
  • Join in with #PostiveAboutBF Twitter chats; RSVP on our collaborative blog to be reminded.
  • Follow Keep Britain Breastfeeding, #PositiveAboutBF, and my new #BreastfeedingandI on Facebook, Twitter, and our blogs.
  • Support The Global BIG Latch On.
  • Follow brands like Medela and MultiMam on Social Media; I know they are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. I’m sure many brands who sell breastfeeding products will share interesting posts, discounts and competitions to celebrate the Week too.
  • Organise your own event in your local area and sign the pledge on the World Breastfeeding Week’s website.
  • Contact your professional union and political representatives to find out how they are helping to make work, work for breastfeeding mums and their families.
  • Avoid judgemental conversations about Infant feeding; instead engage in constructive discussions about it.
  • Submit a relevant blog post to be considered for my Carnival post.

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Breastfeeding and I Linky 7

Welcome to the 7th #BreastfeedingandI blog link party!

Thanks to the lovely folks that linked up last week; lots of good reads as usual. If you didn’t get around to checking out my National Breastfeeding Week round up last week, it’s worth having a look.

Featured Post

I’m so glad that @hdydi‘s shared Raquel’s hospital pumping experience when she had her twins before they were 32 weeks. You should see her stash of frozen milk after 15 days! Her TOP TIPS on how to increase breast milk supply are REALLY TOPS and she shared an excellent link within her post too. This is definitely one to read; so informative, encouraging, and inspiring!

As someone who pumped for months to boost her supply, and help save her breastfeeding relationship, I wish I read her post before I had my baby.

Her summary is so important to keep in mind: “Your personal medical situation and many other things YOU CANNOT CONTROL will impact your ability to produce milk. Childbirth is a traumatic experience for your body. A C-section is major surgery. If you can make breastfeeding work, that’s great. If you can’t, that doesn’t make you any less of a mother.” ~ emphasis are mine.

Sadia, please grab the code for your ‘featured post’ badge here.

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Breastfeeding and I Linky 6

I can’t believe this is the 6th #BreastfeedingandI blog link party!

Thanks to @juliecookies and @allpastmidnight for hanging out here last week.

Featured Posts

@allpastmidnight‘s post about her two different experiences of breastfeeding is refreshing. Have a read; you’ll feel the ‘ouch-es’ and ‘bliss’ through the screen.

@juliecookies’s cheerful post brings you into her breastfeeding victories! Reaching the breastfeeding 6 months milestone, despite lots of challenges, is definitely one to celebrate.

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