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Madonna says becoming pregnant changed her life

Yeah tell us about it!

Don’t we all know that once you’ve had a baby your life will never be the same again, just shows it’s the same whoever you are celebrity or not.

OK magazine scooped a recent interview with the Queen of pop herself and here’s what she had to say:

ADONNA has opened up for the first time about being a mother and her Kabbalah faith.

The singer – who has four children, 12-year-old Lourdes, Rocco, eight, Mercy, four, and David, three – says she overhauled her attitudes and outlook on life after falling pregnant with daughter Lourdes 14 years ago.

She said: “I suddenly realised that I spent my entire life worrying only about myself and soon I’d be responsible for the life of another person. 

“I started seeing that being rich and famous is not the end of the road, but only the beginning.”

Madonna is a keen follower of Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism, and has raised her children in the faith.

She even took Mercy to a Kabbalah meeting in London immediately after she finalised the adoption process in the tot’s home country of Malawi.

She is also said to be planning to take the children to see the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

The trip will happen in September to coincide with Madonna’s final date of her Sticky and Sweet tour in Tel Aviv, Israel.

A source said: “Madonna wants to give Mercy enough time to settle into her new home. By September she feels she will be ready to take the trip without the danger of upheaval.

“The Wailing Wall is a very sacred place for anyone with links to the Jewish faith and she wants the children to see it.”

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Sale on Baby & Toddler converse shoes @ peace and Jam

I totally couldn’t help myself and i have bought a pair of these for my daughter , they are on sale at the moment from a very nice website called peace and Jam .

They have a lot of choice for both girls and boys converse shoes or boots and are having a 25% off sale at the moment.

Postage is really reasonable at £2.50 too, and for shoes thats a pretty good rate.

Get moving quick because the sale is only for a limited time only.

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World record for most babies breast fed at 1 time!!

Wow i’ve heard of some weird things but this is kinda out there with them.

On October 3, 2009 at 11:00 am mothers and children at sites across Canada, the United States and other countries will compete to set the record for the most children breastfeeding at one time. The winners of the competition will be the site with the most children breastfeeding at one site, the country with the most children breastfeeding at registered sites and in North America the region (province or territory or state) with the most children participating as a percentage of the birth rate. To level the playing field between large and small, each site will be entered into one of four groups determined by birth rate

 

I thought by the title when i saw this one woman was going to try and feed lots of babies ha ha!

I don’t know i always thought world records were a bit silly anyway , i mean who really cares about how many babies can be breast fed in a specific time ? Sure it’s good they are being breast fed but i don’t think there needs to be a world record for it???

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Kate Garraway has given birth to a baby boy – William

Kate Garraway has given birth to a baby boy.

The baby, who has been named William Garraway Draper, weighed 7lb 12oz, following a natural birth on Tuesday evening, a statement from GMTV said.

Kate, 42, and husband Derek Draper said: “We are in seventh heaven and keep grinning from ear to ear. Billy is so beautiful.”

The couple – who already have a three-year-old daughter, Darcey, who has been unable to visit her brother in hospital due to swine flu precautions which do not permit children to visit newborn babies – added: “We can’t wait to get home so that Darcey can meet her new little brother.”

The GMTV statement added: “Mother and son are in excellent health.”

Kate, who will return to presenting duties in the autumn, went on maternity leave earlier this month.

She announced she was pregnant with her second child in January.

In an interview with the GMTV website, Kate previously said she had suffered morning sickness during the first half of the pregnancy, frequently running out of the studio to throw up during advertising breaks.

She also disclosed an unusual craving.

“I had this one urge to chew on a towel or something,” she said.

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Nursing your baby to sleep & breastfeeding through the night.

I found this on-line Video on my travels.

http://www.videojug.com/interview/night-time-nursing-and-children

It talks about aspects of breastfeeding your baby and the night time routines that babies have (i’m sure all babies have different routines!).

The Doctor featured in the video Dr Gary Fieldman  talks about a lot of aspects of breastfeeding and states that above the age of 6 months a baby doesn’t need a night feed for nutritional purposes .

Also he advices that you shouldn’t nurse your child to sleep because this will cause an association with sleep and when your baby waked and you are not there nursing them they will want that back!! Some things are so easy to say when you don;t have kids!!!

 

Take a look and make your own mind up!

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What are Nipple shields & how can they help breastfeeding?

OK what are they and how do they help breastfeeding?

nipple shield is a nipple-shaped sheath worn over the areola and nipple during breastfeeding. Modern nipple shields are made of soft, thin, flexible silicone and have holes at the end of the nipple section to allow the breast milk to pass through. Older nipple shields were made of latex and harder, thicker plastics, and often caused more problems than they solved.

Nipple shields are used in various situations:

  • Some mothers have small or inverted nipples which make it difficult for the baby to latch on. Using a shield allows for feeding to progress until the baby’s suction draws out the nipple.
  • Small, weak or sick babies often have difficulty latching on to the breast. A nipple shield makes latching easier and prevents the baby becoming discouraged.
  • Babies who had to be bottle-fed since birth can become used to the bottle teat. Nipple shields feel more like teats, and aid with the transition to breast feeding.
  • A mother’s nipples can become sore or cracked from incorrect breastfeeding. A shield allows the mother to continue breastfeeding until her cracked nipples heal and she improves her latching technique.
  • They make it easier to measure the quantity of milk consumed.

For more info have alook at this website:

http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/tips-and-solutions/112/nipple-shields

Most doctors and lactation consultants stress that nipple shields use should be temporary; the aim is always to return to regular breastfeeding.

Breast shells may be confused with nipple shields, but shields are intended for use during the act of breastfeeding, whereas breast shells are worn in preparation for breastfeeding

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Somerset rocks for breastfeeding – more support groups for breastfeeding now available

Fresh efforts are being made in Somerset to encourage more mothers to breastfeed their babies. More antenatal classes and support groups will be set up as well as the roll-out of peer support networks.

Breastfeeding rates in Somerset are already higher than the national average where 49.6 per cent of women in Somerset breastfeed.

That figure is equivalent to 5,378 women.

‘Lots of advantages’

However, young women from more disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to take it up.

Louise Stickland, infant feeding specialist for the NHS in Somerset, said: “Generally the younger the mother is, the earlier she left school, that’s the mother who’s less likely to breastfeed, often because she’s got family around.

“They want to look after the baby and feed the baby. She also may never have seen a baby being breastfed and it’s actually quite alien for people.”

‘Bit nervous’

Louise’s role is to find ways of encouraging young mums to try it for themselves.

“It’s very important for infants’ health to breastfeed, it’s one of the best things that mothers can do for their child is to breastfeed because there are lots of advantages.

“Babies are less likely to get allergies, infections, less likely to get dental decay, less likely be obese and generally to be much healthier,” she said.

More antenatal classes are planned during evenings rather than during the day.

The idea is that partners and family members can attend more easily to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.

‘Special training’

A peer support system which has worked successfully in Bridgwater and Yeovil will also be rolled out across the rest of Somerset.

“Mums who have breastfed themselves have special training that we put on and they can then help mums and encourage them to continue breastfeeding.

“If we’ve got a mother who wants to go along to a group, but is a bit nervous about doing so, we can ask a peer supporter who probably lives in the same area to perhaps meet that mum and befriend her and take her along to a group.

“A 16-year-old mum would much rather meet another 16 or 17-year-old mum for help than probably a much older health professional.”

Mental health

The peer supporter would only be there for support rather than a source for medical advice, which would be left to health professionals.

“It’s a deterrent for some mums when they go into town or out in a public place, where they can breastfed. They just don’t feel comfortable when they are breastfeeding, certainly for the first time when they go out.

“Peer supporters can advise mums on where it’s best to go; they can advise them on where to buy suitable bras; where they can go and relax and change their baby.”

The NHS says if every baby born in Britain was breastfed for three months it could save £50m and health professionals say there are also advantages for mums.

“It’s better for their mental health, they get less post-natal depression because they’re really satisfied and feel they’ve done the best for their babies,” said Louise.

“They’re less likely to get ovarian and breast cancer and later in life if they continue to breastfeed beyond six months, they’re less likely to get osteoporosis because calcium is put back in their bones.”

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Baby formula should only be issued by Doctors – View of Gaurdian journalist

This is the article in which i refer:

We must untangle the web of contradictions around breastfeeding

Gaurdian Journalist Kate Evans recently wrote this article about the contradictions surrounding breastfeeding and the big too and fro debate of how good is breastfeeding Vs bottle feeding.

This is such an emotive subject that it comes down to personal choice. Breastfeeding cannot be imposed upon anyone but also should not  have a stigma attached to it either. I recently told a lady whay i did for my job and when i mentioned i have my own brand of breastfeeding shirts she said i must be a hippie earth mother!!!!  The world is full of assumptions!

Kate Evans article has been written from 1st hand experience, she is a mother whom has breast fed and obviously feels passionate about it and she very rightly i feel highlights the need for more help for ladies whom do want to breast feed their babies and need support. Technique and other medical questions that are relevant to breastfeeding should be made more available and also those of mothers whom want to bottle feed should be addressed too.

There were a couple of pieces within the article i must admit i couldn’t relate too, 1 being and i quote “the fact that it gives you the same hormone rush as an orgasm. ” , i’m sorry but i never got that feeling when i breast fed my baby.

The second point being “I have seen how hard breastfeeding can be. I do believe that formula milk should be available for women who need it, preferably provided by a doctor rather than a supermarket.” hmmm no i’m sorry i totally disagree. Kate Evans says she is a feminist, but surely restricting formula to prescription only is that not restricting a womans choice? 

 

What are your thoughts?

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Bottle Feeding your baby – lacking support?

Midwives may not be providing enough information to mothers who bottle-feed to enable them to do so confidently and hygienically, research has suggested.

This is an article featured in Todays BBC news website.

Have a read:

Midwives may not be providing enough information to mothers who bottle-feed to enable them to do so confidently and hygienically, research has suggested.

A conference on parenting organised by Kent University will hear there is some confusion among midwives about what they are allowed to say about formula.

The study was funded by the industry body for formula milk manufacturers and analysed by a midwifery researcher.

Three-quarters of mothers have used formula by six weeks, NHS data shows.

The poll of 110 midwives, conducted by healthcare research company GfK, found nearly two-thirds said they did not “normally” provide information on formula milk and how to make up feeds – whether in the form of leaflets, verbal advice, or a demonstration.

Even more did not know the differences between types – as opposed to brands – of artificial milks.

An advisor from the Royal College of Midwives said the funding source of the study was very unfortunate, and that professionals were already aware of some of these issues.

A major review published this month found many mothers complained they lacked the information to make empowered decisions about feeding, noting mistakes in bottle-feeding which could cause gastroenteritis and even obesity were frequently made.

Showing how

Most midwives polled did think the information provided to bottle-feeding mothers was at the very least adequate, even if they consistently rated support for them as inferior to those who were breastfeeding.

 

 It shocks me when everyone knows the statistics about how many mothers end up bottle-feeding that nothing is done to make sure they are properly equipped to do so 
Clare Byam-Cook
Breastfeeding expert

Guidelines from Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI), which many hospitals are trying to follow, discourage the active dissemination of information about formula milk but do say bottle-feeding mothers should be supported once a decision is made.

But midwifery researcher Sue Battersby – who reviewed the poll’s findings – said her in-depth interviews with midwives found confusion about what they may say about formula because they feared it may conflict with policies promoting breastfeeding.

Despite recommendations from both the BFI and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence urging all women who bottle-feed be given a demonstration before leaving hospital, she reported this was far from standard practice, and that such displays had all but died out in ante-natal classes.

She added she was particularly surprised by the lack of awareness between types of formula milks.

First stage milks tend to be whey-based, and as such are closer to human milk – while second stage milks are casein-based. This is closer to dairy fat, and takes longer for the baby to digest

It is often marketed for “hungrier babies” as it tends to keep them fuller for longer.

“This is really important information that mothers shouldn’t be left to their own devices to find out.

“The suggestion from some midwives that it was the role of the formula companies to inform women I found really disturbing – mothers need impartial not commercially-oriented advice,” Ms Battersby said.

Comparing constituents

Breastfeeding expert Clare Byam-Cook said she wrote a book on bottle-feeding after experiencing first-hand the lack of knowledge among mothers.

 

 Our standards do not, and never have, prevented health professionals from implementing best practice for mothers who choose to bottle-feed, in fact the opposite is the case 
Carmel Duffy
Baby Friendly Initiative

“These findings come as no surprise. It shocks me when everyone knows the statistics about how many mothers end up bottle-feeding that nothing is done to make sure they are properly equipped to do so,” she said. “We need to see this for the mess that it is.

“Many women want to breastfeed, but it is a myth that every mother has enough milk to do so. At the same time some babies simply cannot suck from the nipple, but will take a bottle.

“It’s all very well to say they can go away and read the tin if they want to bottle-feed, but many mothers find themselves in a complete panic at three in the morning, scared stiff with a new baby in their arms. There needs to be good, clear advice on sterilisation, making up feeds and how much to give.”

Unicef’s UK Baby Friendly Initiative said the small, industry-funded study should be approached with caution, but that it was aware care for both breast and bottle-feeding mothers remained variable.

Carmel Duffy, deputy director, said: “Our standards do not, and never have, prevented health professionals from implementing best practice for mothers who choose to bottle-feed, in fact the opposite is the case.

“During the post-natal period we do strongly recommend that bottle feeding mothers are shown how to prepare a feed correctly before being discharged from hospital.

“In the community, staff are encouraged to have a full discussion with bottle-feeding mothers to ensure full understanding of how to bottle-feed correctly and Unicef UK provide an audit tool to help with this process.

“There is no restriction on any information as long as it is accurate and free from advertising.”

Nation of bottle-feeders

Next month, the Royal College of Midwives is to publish a downloadable booklet for midwives and mothers which will provide a section on the differences between all the brands and types of milk available and what the science is – if any – behind certain ingredients.

It will also include detailed information on sterilisation, preparing and storing feeds – taking into account new guidelines – and importantly how much to feed a baby based on weight, not just age.

Janet Fyle, professional policy advisor of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “There is a huge amount of information and misinformation out there and some midwives are confused. We hope this publication will help them answer the questions mothers think are most important.

“But I really don’t believe bottle-feeders are being neglected for those who breastfeed. It’s not in anyone’s interests to – at the end of the day we are a bottle-feeding society.”

 

All i can say on the matter is when i had my daughter nearly 5 years ago information was very lacking about either, bottle or breastfeeding.

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Little Things Please Little Minds!!

Sometimes just the small things in life can bring great pleasure ……. hey i wasn’t being rude there ha ha !!

Today i have officially got myself a packing table, and it’s so cool. Everything from the folding of the shirts to the updating of our site, to the packing of the orders is either done by myself (Liz, hey nice to meet you) or on the rare occasion my husband matthew (although i must say i am a self confessed Mama Feelsgood addict so i generally do everything myself). !!!!!

Things are really beginning to ramp up now, and we are getting more orders everyday , which is SO fantastic but this also mean that we have to get a better level of organisation to be able to cope. So 1 step in this is a proper packing station and T-shirt inventory. I’ve now completed the packing station and it’s so cool now not to have to stoop when i am packing all day. For 10 minutes it would be fine but hey i spend a large majority of the day packing and my back just can’t take it! I know i am only 35 and my back is in pieces (although the extra couple of stone i carry around doesn’t help either!), so now we are rockin and rollin on the packing front.

We are in disscussion about moving into a new warehouse (it’s a barn conversion and it’s totally lush) but we have to wait and see if that happens, after all we are only a new company and must suck things and see, but i have a good feelin 🙂

As you can see by the clock this picture was taken a while ago (and apologies for the boxes, they aren’t there anymore! This was during one of my untidy phases!) , but just to give you some idea of where you T-shirts are coming from, and that we take real good care of them before they get to you! OMG i sound like a weirdo ha ah we don;t tuck them up in bed at night or anything ha ha, but we honestly care about what we sell, we’ve worked hard to get to this stage and we are passionate about Mama Feelsgood and would like you guys to be too.

Take care, Liz

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