Celebrity breastfeeding

Gwen Stefani believes in breastfeeding and other breastfeeding celebrities

Sometimes it’s really cool to see celebrities can be “normal” too! 

So it’s good to see there are a few celebs which are vocal about their passion and feelings towards breastfeeding their children.

Gwen Stefani is one of these celebrities. Gwen Stefani has been quoted by USA Today as saying that she believes breastfeeding gives superhuman powers. She admitted that she was still nursing her then six month old son. Pictures of Gwen and her son, Kingston, are numerous on the internet. Gwen seems to be practicing Attachment Parenting, or AP, to it’s fullest as well as breastfeeding.It appears that Gwen practices what she preaches. She talks publicly about breastfeeding and even apologized at one interview for being an hour late because she was nursing. 

I’m not sure about the superhuman bit, but it’s god to see Gwen so open and comfortable about breastfeeding.

Katie holmes is another celebrity breastfeeding mum who breastfed her daughter Suri. Apparently on one occasion her nursing bra was seen poking out from her top and made a big hoo ha in the news. WOW big deal…some people are so old fashioned!!! Maybe with baby number 2 (if there ever is ) Katie holmes would be more than welcome to try one of our breastfeeding tops 🙂

Any other celebrity mums let us know

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Breastfeeding Tops

What is a breastfeeding top and why choose to buy nursing clothing?

OK what is a breastfeeding top also known as a nursing top?

Our nursing tops are designed so there is a top layer shirt – looks just like a regular shirt, you can’t tell from looking at it that it’s designed for breastfeeding. So no flaps, poppers,and there is no chance your bossom will fall out. Everything is covered!

Here’s on of our breastfeeding tops to ilustrate:

So now it’s time for where the magic happens! Sewn into the nursing shirt is an under layer shirt.

This under layer works via 2 larger openings placed under neath the arms. So when it’s time to breastfeed you lift up the top shirt and pull the under layer to one side and hey presto boobie available for feeding.

No post baby tummy is on show because it’s covered completely by the underlayer, and the top shirt helps cover your boobs when feeding.

Heres a picture of the nursing openings:

Each layer of the shirt are sewn together so when you put the shirt on or when you are breastfeeding one shirt won’t move around and become uncomfortable.

Also because the under layer shirt is made with spandex in it (95% cotton 5% spandex) it can stretch to accomodate the larger bust. As we know during breastfeeding sometimes your breasts can become engorged and change in size at different feeding times/ during the day and the extra stretch in the shirt allows for this.

With the top shirt being 100% cotton this is fantastic for sopping up little spills of milk. So if you are out and about and your baby or yourself makes a little mess try and aim for the under layer of the breastfeeding shirt and then no one will see when the top layer is pulled back down!!

We’re really trying to make mums life that little bit easier and provide nursing clothing that is yet functional and nice to wear! No more ugly tops for you mummy!

 

We are always open to suggestions, so if there are any comments you would like to add please feel free, we’d love to hear from you.

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breastfeeding help

Breastfeeding – help in getting your baby to latch on

Breastfeeding is an art, and it takes practice! 

Some people are naturals , get the method down patt really quickly and off they go, they are the lucky ladies . I kinda equal it to ladies who can eat whatever they like and stay thin….it’s just not fair ha ha.

So to get in the swing with breastfeeding it takes practice, mother nature just kinda chucks you in at the deep end! It’s not like you can practice before your baby arrives and then when they are here they need food NOW!!

Just one personal note before i post the link for help with latching your baby on for breastfeeding, when first born some babies can feed constantly. After i had my daughter (via emergency c-section) she fed constantly through the night, i mean ever hour through the night. The very unhelpful heath care assistant on the ward was like “no she can’t be, thats not right, you can’t be doing it right” Well yes she was and no i wasn’t!!!! How some people get jobs on maternity wards i don’t know, but just for other new mums out there yes new babies can demand great lengths of feeding!!

Anyway Baby centre is a great website with a depth of knowledge about pregnancy/ birth , breastfeeding etc and i have provided this link which helps illustrate the better way to lactch your baby onto your breast for breastfeeding.

Please anyone if you have any other methods or tips it would be great to post a comment , so to help other mums.

How to breastfeed: a visual guide

by Sally Inch 

To breastfeed successfully, it doesn’t really matter where or how you sit or lie, as long as you are comfortable and able to bring your baby to the breast easily. 

The relationship between your baby’s mouth and your breast – what we call “latching on” or “the latch” – is what really matters. Here are some ideas and pictures to help you latch your baby onto the breast successfully. 

• Getting started 

• How to latch your baby onto the breast 

• Latching on: how it works 

• Tips to help you 

breastfeeding baby supported on pillow
Sit comfortably, so that your back is supported and you are not leaning back. 

Raise your feet if you need to, so that your lap is flat. 

Think about using a pillow to take the weight of your baby, so that your arms are not doing all the work. Once you have had more practice, you can do without the pillow altogether if you prefer. 

baby latching on

In order to feed well, your baby needs to use his tongue to scoop in a big mouthful of breast. Your baby’s bottom lip and tongue need to get to your breast first, and make contact with your breast as far from the base of the nipple as possible. 

Bring him to your breast with his head tipped back, so that he is leading with his chin. With his head tipped back, let his lips touch your nipple 

breastfeeding baby

He will respond by dropping his lower jaw. Move him quickly and smoothly to your breast aiming his bottom lip as far away from the base of your nipple as you can. 

baby feedingScooping in a big mouthful of breast lets your baby draw your breast deeply into his mouth, creating a teat from which to feed. Your nipple will then be right at the back of his mouth, at the point where the hard roof of his mouth gives way to the soft area. With a mouthful like this, your baby will be able to use his tongue smoothly and rhythmically against the under surface of your breast, and remove milk from the ducts. 

His jaw will move up and down, following the action of his tongue, and he will swallow your milk as it flows to the back of his mouth. This should be a completely painless process for you, because your nipple will be so far back in his mouth that it will not be squashed or pinched by his tongue. His lower gum will never touch your breast, as his tongue will always be between them, and his top jaw does not move. 

• Support your baby by putting your palm behind your baby’s shoulders and your index finger and thumb behind his ears; or cradle your baby’s head in your whole hand and push with the heel of your hand; or use your forearm to support your baby’s shoulders. 

• Trigger the reflex response you need by letting your baby’s mouth brush your nipple. Your baby will find your breast by touch, not by sight or smell – although these senses probably play a part. 

• Start to move your baby as you see his lower jaw start to drop – don’t wait until it is at its widest before you begin the movement. Once it is fully open, all it can do is start to close, and your baby will be unable to draw in the best possible mouthful. 

• As you move your baby, watch his lower lip, not his top one. Try not to worry about his top lip, and whether it will get over your nipple. Provided that his bottom lip makes contact well away from the base of your nipple, his chin will indent your breast, and your nipple will move downwards slightly and be covered by his top lip. You will not see this happen, but you will know it is right by the way it feels and the way your baby behaves. Read our article, “How do I know if my baby is latched on correctly?” if you’re not sure. 

• If you find it difficult to keep your baby’s hands out of your way, try wrapping him (swaddling) so that his arms are lying at his side. You will be able to get him closer to your breast. 

• If you are supporting your breast with your hand (and most mums do this), keep your hand as far away from your nipple as you can – preferably back on your ribcage. Once your breast is supported, keep it still, and only move your baby. 

To see all this in action, you could watch a DVD such as, from Bump to Breastfeeding which is distributed free of charge to all pregnant women in the UK. If you or your midwife don’t have a copy, you can watch it online atwww.bestbeginnings.info/video

Reviewed February 2009 

 
Sally Inch is a midwife. Since 1997 she has worked as the infant feeding specialist and Human Milk Bank co-ordinator for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust. She runs a drop-in breastfeeding clinic at the John Radcliffe Maternity Hospital. 
 

 


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Breastfeeding Tops

Woman arrested for breastfeeding her baby whilst drunk

OMG what in the world was this woman thinking? Is she crazy, poor baby.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota woman accused of breast-feeding her 6-week-old baby while drunk has pleaded guilty to child neglect.

Twenty-six-year-old Stacey Anvarinia could face up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced on the felony charge in August.

Judge Sonja Clapp says Anvarinia will not have to register as an offender against children.

Police officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at Anvarinia’s home on April 13 say they saw an intoxicated Anvarinia breast feeding. Health officials say alcohol consumed by breast-feeding mothers can be absorbed into an infant’s system.

Attorneys believe it’s the first such case prosecuted in North Dakota

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Breastfeeding Tops

Breastfeeding baby with Tongue tie / ankyloglossia

First things first do not worry, tongue tie or ankyloglossia as it’s formally known is a common occurance in babies ( i know 2 of my friends babies had this condition). It can affect how your baby breast feeds so it is an important thing to check if you baby is having problems latching on or feeding. Remember if you or your baby are having problems please always refer to your midwife or health visitor, and if you don;t find them approachable seriously ask to change because if you get the right midwife / health visitor they can be worth their weight in gold!

 

I found this great article which explains a bit more about what is tongue tie and what can be done to help.

What is tongue-tie? 

Even if you don’t know what it is, you’ll probably have heard the expression ‘tongue-tie’ used to describe someone who has a speech problem. The term actually refers to a condition where the tongue remains more anchored to the bottom of the mouth than it should be, restricting movement. Babies and children with this condition have a short lingual frenulum (the piece of skin that joins the tongue to the floor of the mouth) and it may or may not cause problems withbreastfeeding and speech (see below). The medical name for the condition is ankyloglossia

How is it diagnosed? 

 

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A tongue-tie is sometimes identified in the routine medical examination your baby has in his first 24 hours of life. Your midwife may put her finger in your baby’s mouth to check the palate and tongue. But a tongue-tie is not always apparent and may not be picked up until your baby has feeding difficulties (see below) or speech problems at the age of two or three. 
 

How common is it? 

Research at the University of Cincinnati, USA, published in 2002, found that around 16 per cent of babies who were experiencing problems with breastfeeding had a tongue tie. Another study conducted at Southampton General Hospital found about 10 per cent of babies born in the area were affected. ‘This was much higher than all the medical text books say,’ says Carolyn Westcott, lactation consultant at the hospital. ‘We think this is because those books were written at a time when bottle-feeding was the norm and tongue-tie doesn’t normally affect a baby’s ability to bottle-feed. Now breastfeeding is becoming more common, more cases of tongue-tie are being picked up again.’ 

What are the symptoms? 

The good news is that lots of babies with tongue-tie experience no problems at all, either with feeding or speech. However, some babies will have problems with breastfeeding because they won’t be able to use their tongue to massage their mother’s nipple and areola. If they can’t stick their tongue out beyond their lower gum they won’t get enough milk. Any of the following can be symptoms of tongue-tie: 

• failure to latch on 

• slipping off the breast while feeding 

• Sore nipplesmastitis and/or blocked ducts 

• continuous feeding 

• colic 

• slow weight gain 

Remember, a baby with tongue-tie may not have all of the above symptoms and some babies will have these symptoms, but not have a tongue-tie. 

How is it treated? 

This is highly controversial — prevailing medical opinion says do nothing and it will usually right itself by the end of the first year of life. If the baby still has a problem after this period, a paediatric surgeon may consider surgery to divide the frenulum from the base of the mouth (a procedure called a frenulotomy). 

Others will only perform surgery much later if the child has had speech problems and has not responded to speech therapy. 

But, in some areas, doctors are prepared to divide the frenulum much earlier if the baby either has problems withbreastfeeding or has a sibling with speech problems due to a tongue-tie. 

Mr Mervyn Griffiths, consultant paediatric surgeon at Southampton General Hospital, has conducted research that shows performing a division of a tongue-tie before the age of three months allowed 64 per cent of babies to breastfeed successfully for at least three months afterwards. 

What does the surgery involve? 

Again, it varies. Some areas of the UK do the division with a general anaesthetic requiring a hospital stay, while in others it is done without anaesthetic on a day-case basis. The procedure itself involves simply snipping the skin to divide the frenulum from the bottom of the mouth and takes a matter of seconds. A study carried out by Mervyn Griffiths on 217 babies under three months found that 18 per cent of babies who had the frenulum divided without an anaesthetic slept through the procedure. Although 64 per cent cried more after the operation than before, it was only for a matter of seconds in most cases. There was no bleeding or complications in any of the babies. 

Will I have problems breastfeeding? 

There is growing evidence to suggest that tongue-tie can cause problems with breastfeeding in some babies. 

‘To breastfeed effectively a baby needs to make a rippling action with his tongue, pushing the nipple and areola against the roof of his mouth to release milk’, says Carolyn Westcott. ‘If he can’t do this then he won’t get enough milk and he may chomp at the nipple causing soreness. He may feed constantly, falling asleep exhausted on the breast only to wake and begin feeding again. He may also be more prone to wind and colic and take a long time to feed. Mothers understandably become exhausted and sore and want to give up breastfeeding.’ 

Will I have problems bottle-feeding? 

Bottle-fed babies use a different sucking action to get milk from a teat and are not so badly affected. 

‘Symptoms of tongue-tie in bottle-fed babies are not so noticeable — they may just take longer to empty their bottle, become colicky and dribble a lot. It doesn’t usually affect their ability to gain weight,’ says Carolyn Westcott. 

Where can I get further information? 

The Lactation Consultants of Great Britain produce a leaflet ‘Breastfeeding and Tongue-Tie’. Visit www.lcgb.org for more information. 

If you suspect your baby has a tongue-tie which is causing problems, mention it to your GP or midwife. They may refer you to a paediatrician at your local hospital. 

Reviewed March 2006.

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Breastfeeding Tops

Did we mention our breastfeeding tops were on TV?

And we are talking national news here!!

We didn’t even get to see it first time around either! Went to the post office as we do everyday , and RAS our favourite post master said ” hey bet your chuffed, you breastfeeding t-shirt was on TV last night”.

I’m like what you on about woman…….OH My God thats fantastic….

I won;t name the name just because they are a member of parliment but an MP’s wife who’s husband was going for the speakers post in the house of commons was wearing one of our breastfeeding shirts whilst being interviewed on the news. How good is that.

In case you were wondering it was our black island nursing shirt 🙂

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Sarah jessica parker & matthew broderick have twin girls Marion and Tabitha

As according to the BBC website

Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick have received their twin girls. I say received because they weren’t actually given birth to by Sarah Jessica (don’t know the reasons, but hey it’s private anyway) but via a surrogate mother  .

The girls, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, were born in an Ohio hospital on Monday. “The babies are doing beautifully and the entire family is over the moon,” their publicist said in a statement.

Parker, 44, and Broderick, 47, best known for playing the lead role in comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, already have a six-year-old son called James, wow so he now has 2 little sister to look after.

It is speculated the twin girls were conceived via Ms Parkers eggs and Mr Brodericks sperm so they are genetically the couples children. 

 

Sarah Jessica Parker is set to start filming for the second  Sex And The City film later this year, so lets hope she isn’t too tired to do so! I can imagine twins are a real handful.

As Ms Parker didn’t give birth to the babies herself i presume she won’t be breastfeeding them????

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