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“I’m CHOOSING formula milk” May 30, 2011

WARNING:  If you had to give up breastfeeding for medical reasons, or simply could not do it due to lack of support – please know that this blog is not aimed at making you feel guilty!

“So I know breastfeeding is best. I know infant formula is unnatural and that it contains aluminium. I know formula fed babies are more prone to eczema, asthma, obesity and many other illnesses. I know breastfeeding helps my uterus contract and go to its normal size. I know breastfeeding protects me and baby from cancer.  I’m off work for at least three months. Of course I want the best for my precious bundle, but I still CHOOSE not to breastfeed”

I have seen this scenario numerous times and each time it really frustrates me!  Does this make me judgemental? I feel that it is selfish, and if we’re always stepping around these issues for fear of offending someone, we’ll never get the message out there.  I’m all for choice, as long as it benefits baby and mother, and I can’t see how deciding to give formula before even trying to breastfeed, or for no medical reason, is beneficial to anyone (except the formula companies and supermarkets, of course).   I can only think that these women are either uninformed, or they simply don’t care that much about their babies…hopefully the former.

The top 10 excuses I’ve heard:

  1. “I want dad to bond with baby too”  There are MANY other ways dad can bond.  Let dad bath baby, change nappies, cuddle and comfort or express milk  for him to give in a bottle.And guess what, when he’s 6 months old he can feed him/her solids too. My hubby loved bathing with baby, getting that skin on skin was very bonding for them.
  2. “I want my life back”  Sorry, WHAT??  Your babies aren’t your life? Why did you give birth???
  3. “I’m embarrassed to breastfeed in public”.  Ummm, use a blanket, a muslin or a breasteeding cover if you’re worried someone may see the source of your babies nourishment. It’s really not that hard or that big a deal, and it’s completely NORMAL! See my post Breastfeeding in public is offensive – see for yourself!
  4. “I had formula and I’m just fine”  Well so did I, athough I was breastfed for my first few weeks (thanks mom), and besides dodgy teeth I seem to be just fine.  However, I have watched too many people sick and dying to just say that we’re all just fine.  I’m talking young people too. Funny how the majority of people with this excuse classify obesity, eczema, asthma and similar chronic illnesses as being ‘fine’.
  5. “It’s too hard, all my friends had problems. ” You don’t know it’s too hard if you haven’t tried it. I know many people who have had no problems at all (me included – I do count my blessings).  There is plenty of support available for problems if you want it and it is a shame that some people give up due to bad support or not knowing where to find support. Remember that most breastfeeding problems settle down in the first 6 weeks.
  6. “We just don’t do it here” Well change the trend…breastfeeding is normal, formula is for people who simply cannot breastfeed, express or get their hands on breastmilk. (formula being the fourth and last option according to the World Health Organisation)
  7. “It wrecks your boobs” Bollocks. Age, gravity and weight loss or gain “wreck” your boobs. And if your boobs matter more than what’s best for your baby, than why are you a mother?
  8. “Breastfeeding is for hippies”  Can you believe some people still believe this? False, breastfeeding is for people who care about their babies and themselves…all of us hopefully??!!
  9. “It’s your choice if you want to wrap your baby in cotton wool” It’s not wrapping them in cotton wool…it’s giving them the start that they deserve as opposed to one that could potentially make them ill.
  10. “I want my baby to sleep through”   It is completely unnatural for a newborn baby to sleep through. Put them in or next to your bed and you can breastfeed on your side with hardly waking up rather than having to get out of bed and make a bottle!  Bottle fed babies generally have their stomachs stretched by guzzling too much too fast(they do not have the slowness and pauses of breastfeeding), and as their brain doesn’t have time to register when they are full, they are more prone to overeating and obesity. You do adapt to less sleep and one day they’ll be sleeping until way past 11am and you’ll be trying to wake them, or you’ll be lying awake worrying about where they are, so enjoy the cuddles and closeness while you can!!
So now that I have that off my chest, feel free to explore what the NHS say about breastfeeding.  Or La Leche League  Here’s a blog on the aluminium in formula
Find your closest support group here 

How eco are eco disposable nappies? May 26, 2011

I used cloth nappies with my first, Erin.  I bought them second hand for £20 plus a few extra nappy covers off ebay and a couple of fleecy Lollipop nappies.  They were really great and I felt that they filled all the criteria:

  • they saved me lots of money (even though I spent considerably more on electricity & soap nuts),
  • they look gorgeous and you can choose loads of funky designs,
  • they are 40% kinder to the environment (disposables take 200 to 500 years to decompose, but electricity and detergents for cloth nappies are taken into consideration)
  • they are easy to use and comfy for baby
  • they are free of chemicals – much kinder to baby
However, this time around, and after a trial kit from the Real Nappy Project I decided to go with disposables (eco disposables, mind you).  My main reason was that we share a house and a washing machine with our own water supply from a spring, and I realised that I would have been hogging the machine and using a lot more water and electricity.  As it is with 2 children and life on a farm we could easily do a load a day.
The other, perhaps selfish reason was that I feel I simply don’t have enough time to be constantly washing and hanging out washing.  As a stay-at-home mother of two, who works on a farm in exchange for rent and a wonderful lifestyle, is doing yoga teacher training, and looking after a few websites as well as running Natures Mother…life is busy!  Living in a shared house is great in many ways but it also adds to the pressure, as we can’t just leave dishes to pile up, or forget the vacuuming for a few days.  Hubby and I get the chance to watch a dvd or favourite series about two or three times a week, to give you an idea of how much free time we have.
So the search began for the most eco-friendly and chemical free, but affordable, disposable nappy:
Moltex – currently at about £12 per pack (46 minis/ 42 midis/ 34 juniors). They are stocked in most health food stores, otherwise you have to pay postage to order them online.  They are:
  • Manufactured with more than 50% renewable resources from controlled cultivation
  • 100% Chlorine-free absorbent core and 20% of absorbent gel biodegradable
  • Fully biodegradable packaging
  • 100% biodegradable breathable protective film
  • Free from perfumes and lotions
  • Free from bleaching agents and toxic residues
  • Recommended for babies with eczema and skin complaints
Nature babycare – currently at £5.99 per pack from Boots (between 28 and 4 nappies depending on size)
  • 100% chlorine free
  • Based on biodegradable materials
  • Biodegradable back sheet film based on corn
  • 100% GM free
  • 100% biodegradable high loft
Sainsbury’s little ones eco nappies – very little actual info available online, but the info below is on their nappy pack. (£4.99 per pack  – 28 to 34 depending on size). It does not say anything about being biodegradable or free of chemicals, so for all I know they may be just as bad as a bag of pampers.  Packaging is plastic which is “recyclable at a larger Sainsbury’s.
The core in a baby’s nappy is made from a blend of absorbent materials, including fluff derived from wood pulp.  The FSC label on the little ones eco nappies is your guarantee that the wood pulp used in these nappies has been sourced responsibly, helping to protect the forest for future generations.
  • uses a minimum of 60% renewable plant based materials
  • Dermatologically tested
Beaming baby has recently launched its range of disposables – they sound fantastic! Have you tried them? Prices are at £3.99 for 20 minis, £7.99 for 40 midis, or 38 maxis. (There are other sizes)  You can buy them online or reduce cost of pricing and find your local stockist here
  • Over 65% biodegradable (including the packaging), that’s 40% more biodegradable than standard disposable nappies; the most biodegradable disposable nappy currently available in the UK.
  • Most of the nappy biodegrades within 4 years instead of the mind blowing 400 years that standard nappies are estimated to take!
  • They have a biodegradable water resistant outer sheet made with natural cotton and cornstarch paper.
  • The absorbent layer is fortified with 100% natural cornstarch.
  • The packaging is bio-degradable to further reduce the impact on the environment.
  • They use 30% less chemicals than standard disposable nappies and are kind to all babies; especially those with eczema or sensitive skin (try our Organic Baby Lotion and Organic Baby Wipes).
  • They form a naturally breathable layer against your baby’s skin; the top sheet is made with natural cotton and cornstarch fibres.
  • We infuse them with aromatherapy oils including chamomile and ylang-ylang to help protect baby’s sensitive skin and release a gentle scent.
Admittedly I was under the impression that Sainsbury eco nappies were an ok substitute if I could not get Nature baby nappies (Moltex being out of my price range), but after more research I think I will be popping into my closest stockist of Beaming Baby nappies!
After all, which mum who wants the best for their baby (the skin is a giant sponge, hence nicotine and contraceptive patches and aromatherapy) and the environment, would choose anything other then cloth or nice eco nappies?!

Gorgeous handmade amber baby teething necklaces May 11, 2011

Check out Nature’s Mothers new stock of beautiful handmade baltic amber teething necklaces!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Buy online here


Breastfeeding in public is offensive – see for yourself! May 10, 2011

The Analytical Armadillo posted this last year… source unknown…
I’m thankful for not having boobs thrown in my face all the time by offensive and indecent breastfeeding mothers like the ones below:
Wait…Well, this is a bad example. Let’s try again.
Hmm…Just a minute. I’m sure I can find better ones than these…

Eh, still not offensive enough. I’ll check one more time.

That is better. LOOK AT THAT! I see about a half inch of boob. DISGUSTING.

UGH. Look at that indecency! She must be from some third world country to be exposed like that!
Now that’s just…There are no words to descripe how inappropriate that is. Something needs to be done!
But why stop at breasfeeding women? There are boobs everywhere.Beware! If you thought the above photos were offensive, youWILL DEFINITELY be offended by the photos below.
Not this one, though. This one was in plain view on news stands and in mail boxes in 19 countries world wide!
Not this one, either. This one actually won an award!
Oh, and I guess this one is fine too. Everyone knows you can’t sell jeans without someone being topless.
Or beer, for that matter.
Or sunglasses.
Or movie tickets.
Or CDs…
You know what? Maybe I’m crazy, but I think that someone mixed up some photos here. The first batch are offensive, but the second batch are just fine and dandy???
People who live in glass bras:
Shouldn’t throw stones:
If you think women have the right to breastfeed their children no matter where they are, please repost this…comment vote it popular whatever . Support breastfed babies and their right to eat in public!

Breastfed babies are better behaved

Here’s the clip that was on BBC radio 4 this morning.  A study involving 10 000 mothers and there babies was conducted by Oxford University. 6 percent of  breastfed babies compared to 16% of formula fed babies developed behavioral problems.

My first thought was that this was probably as much due to social/cultural conditions…for example, older and more wealthy mums tend to breastfeed and tend to be more educated as to what is best for babies, therefore the behavioral problems may be much more to do with social conditions than breastfeeding. According to the study these factors have all been taken into account and adjusted for, and the only reasons they can think of for the difference in behaviour is either something in breastmilk that formula doesn’t have (duh!) or the closeness breastfeeding provides (duh!)

So along with all the other health benefits we already know, is this. Obviously this is not to make those who cannot breastfeed feel guilty. But bear in mind, with the right support and perseverance the majority of women can overcome breastfeeding problems. Failing that there are milk banks available for premature babies, and now there is the fantastic FB group “Eats On Feets” , a site where you can donate and receive breastmilk, which gives those who can’t breastfeed an opportunity to still do the best for their babes.

Interesting! What are your thoughts?


Handmade floating amber necklace – beautiful & therapeutic! May 9, 2011

How about that dressy necklace for those special nights out?  Three strands of delicate multi-coloured genuine amberbeads float on fine lines of golden tiger tail. The benefits of amber extend beyond teething necklaces for babies. Amber is a resin which releases pain relieving properties (Succinic acid) when in contact with skin and is used for many ailments including arthritis, chronic pain and stomach problems. It is also used to increase energy, lift mood & calm. Click here to view shop

handmade floating amber necklace


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