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Saturday, 1 August 2015

The Start Of My Breastfeeding Journey - #PositiveAboutBF

Thanks for hopping over from Lycrawidow 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.

On June 29th 2015 my journey into breastfeeding began when little Isla was born.
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I had always hoped to breastfeed my children after studying childcare at school and then into further education. I had learnt all about the benefits for both mum and baby and knew it was the route I wanted to take or at least try.
However when I unexpectedly became pregnant, thinking it through I was not ready, nor was I confident enough to feed. I was still living at home with my parents and the thought of having to feed my baby in front of my father, let alone out in public put me off and I instantly decided to turn to bottle feeding. Jack drank a lot and I was always met with 'bet your glad your not breastfeeding' 'oh you would find breastfeeding hard all this feeding'. In fact they couldn't be further from the truth I was upset I was selfish and didn't give my baby a chance to breastfeed.

So, when I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I instantly knew I would breastfeed, no being selfish this time. I was living as a single parent so no issues in feeding in front of others around the home and if it didn't go to plan, I could always switch to formula. When pregnant I purchased some bottles, a breast pump and a nursing scarf, however I obviously still had some doubt as I refused to buy nursing clothing.

When Isla arrived, in recovery I was asked my intentions for feeding Isla and she was then placed on my breast. I had no idea at all when I was doing, I had no knowledge of breastfeeding or how to feed I attended no ante-natal as I was told I didn't need them. My only breastfeeding knowledge was that I learnt in education almost 10 years previous and that was just benefits. The midwife asked me how it felt and checked how Isla was and said we were fine and we continued at that.

Isla's initial latch was painful and honestly the whole feed was painful and I thought it was just that my body was learning something new, after all the midwife said she looked fine. On day 3 my nipples were incredibly sore, her initial latch on my one breast hurt but eased after a short while. Whilst my other breast it hurt for the entire feed and afterwards. I spoke with the midwife who came to see us at home and she agreed her latch may not be right and contacted the local feeding support team who arranged to come out and see us.

I was determined to not give up, the pain within my breasts was uncomfortable however I continued through. On day 5 a lady from the local breastfeeding buddy team came out to see us. She spoke with me about how I latch Isla on, how she feeds and how she comes off the breast and stayed with us until Isla was ready for a feed. It was lovely to have someone to talk to about feeding let alone have her show us and help us improve. When she woke for a feed, she helped latch Isla onto the breast - her latch had been wrong for the past five days. She then stayed until Isla had finished her feed to see how she unlatches. 

As I had fed Isla with a terrible latch, that was what caused the pain within my nipples and blocked milk ducts. Also, because I continued to feed through this making my breasts more painful, told you I was determined to not give up it took a short while for the pain when feeding Isla to go away. 

So our initial beginning of our feeding journey was not as simple as latch on and away we go. No-one said it would be easy, but no-one explained about latching either. 

I've now been feeding Isla for just short of 5 weeks so we are both still incredibly new to the whole feeding. This past week we have had lots of cluster feeding during the daytime, again making my breasts painful but not as bad as those first initial days. I already love breastfeeding and intend to feed for as long as possible. Hopefully until Isla self-weans but I'm not setting any goals just taking each day as they come. 

I know how hard it is for some ladies to breastfeed and for some who want to breastfeed but have to make a decision to formula feed.  I’m not here to make those who formula feed feel guilty – I’ve been there. I’m just here to share my story and try and bring a positive outlook to breastfeeding again.
So lets not judge and be #positiveaboutBF

Following on from my journey, please do hop over to My Thoughts On Things to see how her journey began and be in with more chances to enter the grand prize draw. Remember you need to earn 50 points to be eligible, full details can be found on the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Site.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Four Weeks Post Partum

My Recovery

Theres not too much more to write about my recovery, my stitches are still looking the same which is good. I've had some sharp pains around my lower stomach, but I believe this is just my skin and insides going back to normality. I still get more cramping when I've done a lot more than usual but hopefully this will ease soon.

My Body

I finally caved and weighed myself, since I last weighed myself I've lost a further 6lbs which is amazing for me. I've not attempted to loose the weight so I'm happy its still coming off on its own, although I know it possibly won't last too much longer. I'm still feeling a little negative about my body but I've just had a baby so trying to not beat myself up too much. I've still got my little mum pouch, so I'm looking forward to trying to tone that up when having the all clear from my post partum check at the doctors.

My Mood

My mood is a lot more settled now, I'm still just struggling a little with two children but I'm sure this will become normal soon enough. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Gro Snug - Newborn Swaddle and GroBag

Gro Company - Gro-SnugYou know when you have a baby in hospital and they are beautifully wrapped up by the midwives - yes swaddling. Well I've never been able to re-create that, in fact with Jack I failed miserably. With Isla I purchased many swaddling blankets and again tried with normal blankets and again I've not been able to create it as well. That's until we began using the Gro-Snug.

The Gro Company are well known for their innovative products, and over the years with Jack we tried a few, the Gro Bags being one of our favourite. Their newest product to the range is the Gro-Snug offering the best of both worlds for a newborn. You have the option to swaddle your baby or use it as a baby sleeping bag.

You have the freedom to use the Gro-Snug however you wish. You can have your babies arms inside for swaddling, recreating how the midwives do it. You simply lay your baby inside the Gro-Snug with the arm holes popped close and do up the zip. There is also the option to leave one arm out and one inside, or have both arms out and use as a sleeping bag. Again this is easy to do as you just place your baby inside and un-pop the poppers on the arms and zip up.

Gro Company - Gro-Snug

We have been using the Gro-Snug with both of Isla's arms inside. She likes being comforted and feeling secure. It's been incredibly easy to use and far easier than wrapping up blankets to try and make sure they stay secure. During the night or daytime of course, nappy changes are still easy as there is no need to un-swaddle, you simply undo the zip and change leaving the top half of the body covered. The chest panel is reinforced helping to offer a secure swaddle comfort for babies.
Gro Company - Gro-Snug - Features

As your baby becomes more active preferring their arms out, there is no need to purchase any further products as you simply undo the poppers on the shoulders and it works as a newborn sleeping bag. The length of the bag itself is quite long and generous so will easily last a while.

The bag itself is made from soft, stretchy cotton and has baby safe YKK zips, nickel free poppers and no rough edges or seams. Its machine washable and can be tumble dried on a low heat - perfect for busy mums. Easy Gro-Snug comes with a free nursery thermometer and a what to wear guide. There are three colours to choose from grey marl, pure white or rainbow spot and two different weights Light and Cosy for different room temperatures. With an RRP of £22.99 I think its excellent value for money.
Gro Company - Gro-Snug - Sleepy Baby

Please Note: I received this product for the purpose of this review all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Isla | Four Weeks Old

My newborn is no more, shes now four weeks old and the past four weeks have just passed in a blur. I feel like Isla has been part of our lives for a while when in fact its just been four short weeks. When people tell you it goes quicker with your second you never actually believe them, its true. 

Isla is definitely growing up now, she was weighed at 3weeks 4days and weighed in at 9lb 3oz, mummy milk is amazing. I find it hard to tell if she is getting heavier or longer as I look and hold her each day, but those who see her less are kindly informing me of this. 

Isla is a lot more aware of the world around her, shes responds to her brother when he speaks to her she will look for him. During the day Isla is spending a lot more time awake, here's hoping she's not too much like her big brother. 

Her head is becoming a lot stronger, she can lift it and move it side to side to look around. His legs are also rather strong and he's pushing up a lot when on your tummy. I also think we are starting to develop social smiling but it's not quite clear just yet. She is enjoying lying on her side for sleeping, I think this is maybe because it's how I get comfortable too. 

As for her features, her hair is a different colour each day, some days its dark brown others its a light ginger colour I'm unsure as to what colour she will have yet. Her face is fattening out a little and her facial features are becoming more distinctive. 

I'm looking forward to watching her develop more now she is a lot more alert and aware of her surroundings. 

Dentinox and Snufflebabe - Stocking up for poorly babies

I know we are currently in the middle of 'summer' but with our ever changing weather situations our little babies are more likely to become ill. Also, autumn and winter are fast approaching which will see the onset of colds and snuffles. But within the first year of a babies life they can become rather snuffly and uncomfortable and its hard to tell what is wrong with them.

When I was pregnant with Isla, we received a range of Dentinox and Snufflebabe products, and luckily up to yet I haven't had to use them but they are products I'm fond of and some I used with Jack. 

Snufflebabe Inhaler Dummy is a clever way to unblock their precious noses. You simply add vapour oil into the chamber and it slowly releases a decongestant vapour below babies nose to help clear it. Such a clever device providing your baby isn't put off by the scent. 
Snufflebabe Nasal Spray and Nasal Drops both contain a saline solution to help clear congestion and remove bacteria. The spray is easier to use as its more direct, it has an easy to grip applicator unlike some competitors. Both products are suitable for use from birth.
Snufflebabe Vapour Rub contains essential oils eucalyptus, menthol and thyme which help relieve congestion. With Jack I would rub a small amount on his chest, it can be used from 3 months so good for the older babies. 
The Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator is also handy whilst also being gross as it sucks the mucus from your babies nose to clear their nostrils for instant relief. Babies don't know how to blow their noses, in fact Jack still isn't 100%. It's suitable from birth, so perfect for early sniffles. Its simple to use, as you simply suck the tube to remove the mucus, as disgusting as it sounds the mucus can't actually get into your mouth.

The Dentinox Eye Wipes are soft saline wipes to clean babies eyelids and lashes. Each box contains 12 individually wrapped wipes and are small enough to keep with you in the changing bag. They are perfect for removing stick residue from around the eye if you don't have cotton wool and cooled boiled water to hand. 
Dentinox Cradle Cap Shampoo can be used from birth and is a simple but effective treatment to use for cradle cap. You simply use the shampoo as you would any other, I used this product with Jack and it cleared his in around a week. 
Dentinox Infant Colic Drops are suitable from birth and contain activated dimeticone to help ease the symptoms which come with colic. Each bottle comes with a syringe for easy application and can be added to a babies bottle if desired. It works as an anti-foaming agent and joins small bubbles of gas in the stomach to form larger bubbles which are easier to burp or expel as wind. 
Dentinox Medicine Dispenser is perfect for babies who are reluctant to take medicine from a spoon or syringe but will accept a dummy. You simply place the medicine at the correct dose in the back and close it up and your child sucks and it passes through the orthodontic teat. 
Dentinox Teething Gel is a definite must have in your cupboard if you have a teething child. This got us through some awful teething stages with Jack and will definitely be a product I stock up on again when it comes to Isla teething. It perfect as it can be used from birth and applied every 20 minutes offering rapid pain relief. 

Overall, I would say the range from Dentinox and Snufflebabe are a must have to help you along your parenting journey with little ones especially when they are ill. They are all well designed and easy to use. 

Please Note: We were sent a whole range of Dentinox and Snufflebabe products for this feature free of charge, this does not influence my thoughts and feelings.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Bepanthen Baby Products

Baby's skin is very absorbent and sensitive, especially newborns and personally I only ever use gentle products on their skin and at almost 4 weeks I'm still using cotton wool and water on Isla. Bepanthen is a well known range when it comes to nappy ointments but they do other products too. The whole range is so gentle even on the sensitive skin of premature babies containing no fragrance, preservatives, colours or antiseptics.

When pregnant with Isla, I was sent some of the Bepanthen range to review ready for when she arrived. I was sent the Nappy Care Ointment, Baby Moisturiser and Baby Sun Cream.

Nappy Care Ointment
So gentle it can be used at every nappy change, even of the highly sensitives skin of premature babies, as it contains no fragrance, preservatives, colours or antiseptics. It forms a long lasting, breathable transparent layer, protecting even the most delicate skin from the causes of nappy rash. £3.99
This is a product I used on Jack when he was younger, and one of I've found myself using on Isla. Isla is suffering terribly with a nappy rash at the moment, as I found most newborns often do. This ointment is helping to sooth the rash in between changes and it doesn't seem as fierce as it did.

Baby Moisturiser
Formulated to be gentle and very mild. With a neutral pH it can even be used on babies with extra sensitive skin or common skincare problems such as eczema or dermatitis. RRP £5.99
The moisturiser is for extra sensitive skin and suitable for use on newborn skin. The moisturiser itself is quite thick yet surprisingly easy to rub into the skin as it absorbs really well. We have been using this on Isla's feet as they are extremely dry and after applying they don't feel sticky or greasy like skin can do after applying some creams. I've also used this more widely spread on Jack and it seems to improve his skin too so a product I would definitely recommend. 

Baby Sun Cream
Designed specifically to help you protect your baby's delicate skin with 50+SPF whilst still being free from parabens colour, fragrance and preservatives so that you and your little one can enjoy the summer sun. £9.99
This isn't a product I have used yet on Isla, but I have give it a go on Jack for the purpose of the review.There are clear instructions of how to use printed upon the tube. I found the cream easy to rub into his skin, being quickly absorbed and leaving behind no residue. It didn't cause any reaction to his sensitive skin so I would have no problem applying it on Isla when she is a little older. The tube is an ideal size to pack within your bag for use when out and about as it needs to be applied every 1-2 hours. 

These products, in fact all of the Bepanthen range would be products I would be happy to recommend to other products. They are perfect for sensitive skin. 

Please Note: I received these products for the purpose of this review all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Eczema - Help of Cetraben

If you've been a regular reader of my blog you will know Jack suffered terrible eczema as a baby. It took us many visits to the doctor and finally a referral to the dermatologist to get it under control a little. We did eventually get discharged from the dermatologist however, Jack's eczema is still here. Often I find myself wondering if he will ever outgrow it, will he ever have skin without the sores and itchiness.
We tried many different creams and lotions with Jack and we finally found the ones which helped. I would also spend many a few hours searching the internet for different things which may help him. I changed the washing detergent, I changed products we used in the bath and even searched natural remedies.


One thing I wish there was back then is these fantastic videos from the people at Cetraben. Cetraben have teamed together with Dr Pixie McKenna to offer advice and answer some frequently asked questions. 
There is a whole playlist of different videos answering a variety of questions in which you may have. I know that when Jack first got his diagnosis I would have found these incredibly useful and hopefully you will too. 

In Collaboration with Cetraben