Nursing Savi Mom

Finally some nursing clothing to add to my wardrobe! I’m so excited to have received a wonderful package from Savi Mom packed with some wonderful, comfortable and convenient nursing clothing.  I’m loving the secret slide over flaps on the clothing…that means no frustrating snaps for easy and quick access for when Weston is hungry. 

Here are some of my looks I put togeather with the pieces sent to me. 

“Casual and Sporty ”

Hooded Maternity/Nursing Tunic

http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/savi-mom-hooded-maternity-nursing-tunic/4361111?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=PURPLE


Great for the shop runs and easy weekend days out. This tunic with long sleeves, a hood and tumb hole make this the ultimate run around top that is comfortable and convenient for Weston and I.

“Family Dinner”

Nara Materntiy/Nursing Cardigan

http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/savi-mom-nara-maternity-nursing-cardigan/4537013?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BURGUNDY 


Pairing my favorite Steve Madden heels and Dune bag with this amazing burgundy (my favourite colour) silhouette loving nursing cardigan. I’d wear this out to a nice weekend get togeather or something that I’d put a little more than effort in and still want to be able to acess the TA TAs easy! Again, amazing fabric and easy access slide to get fast feeding action! 

“Garden Party”

Athens Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress

http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/savi-mom-athens-maternity-nursing-maxi-dress/4537002?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=ROYALBLUE


Maxi hat hangouts! My go to summer fast and comfy maxi dress! I have been wearing this all summer and it has been great for hot days when I’m feeding Weston outside and the fabric is so breathable and light! Easy slide access for feeding and great design that is on trend! 

To shop the full range find them at Nordstrom:  http://m.shop.nordstrom.com/sr/savi-mom

Instagram: @thesavimom

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Laction Smoothie 🍓🍌

STRAWBERRY AND BANANA LACTATION SMOOTHIE!!!!
What an adventure breastfeeding has been. I was successful breastfeeding for 6 weeks with the help of expressing and nipple shields. When Weston reached his first big growth leap I felt discouraged and with lack of support and fear of failure with self doubt I started to top up with formula. Unfortunately I didn’t listen to what everyone on the Facebook chat groups said…and my supply really went down. 😦

So with the help of Pinterest I started to go “laction” mad…I made every recipe on the site. I purchased “Mothers Milk” tea and started to pump after feeds.

Slowly but surely my supply is going back up. And thanks to this yummy recipe it’s been a hard road back to fully breastfeeding but I’m not ready to give up. Weston just had his first 8 week immunisations so he is constantly at breast. We are also co-sleeping and he is slowly starting to sleep through the night now he is close to me. I find this really effective and started to study Attachment Parenting techniques I plan on using with Weston now and in the future.

I’m hoping with these yummy recipes and special bonding time my supply will go up in no time.

I started trying on nipple shields and now I don’t use them at all. I have faith that I will soon wean off the formula and stick to full breastfeeding.

Determination is all I need…and this yummy smoothie of course.


Strawberry Banana Lactation Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 BANANA

1 cup STRAWBERRIES

1/4 cup OATS

1 Tbs. PEANUT BUTTER

1 cup ALMOND MILK

INSTRUCTIONS ARE EASY.

Just blend in blender and ENJOY!

Simple, Easy, and Delicious! 🍓🍌🍓🍌🍓

Tell me your lactation and breastfeeding secrets:)

Elderflower & Delilah Cover

Busy. Busy…Busy life as a new mama! I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy getting used to life as a new mama life with Weston in general. When Weston was first born I was sent this wonderful 3 in 1 stylish, contemporary and really practical “wrap”. I have been wearing my wrap in burgundy through the summer. It is a great throw on shirt over a tank top or dress that I can wear just about anywhere. It has SPF50 sun protraction and really breathable fabric. 


When I am not wearing it as shirt and breastfeeding cover I like to use it as a car seat cover and sun protrector for when I’m out on weekend adventures and want to keep the sun out of his eyes and keep the inside of his car seat cool and shaded. 


My breastfeeding wardrobe has been expanding and I know if I have another child this Wrap would fit me well when I have another baby bump…defiently in a few years though! 


I was also sent a great carrier bag to carry it in, and I also love the fabric of both the shirt and bag match. It’s a nice little satchel to keep extra things organised in my diaper bag! 

I am really loving my Elderflower & Delilah cover/wrap! 

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If your interested in purchasing your own or finding out more about this great company please visit:

http://www.elderfloweranddelilah.com

Instagram: @elderfloweranddelilah

FredWears Clothing Instagram Giveaway 


 🎉 Giveaway Time 🎉Mama Cates has partnered with @fredwearsclothing to give you the chance to win a £10 store credit (not including shipping) . Follow the rules below for your chance to win. 

Rules: 

1. 🔎Follow me @mamacates and @fredwearsclothing on Instagram 

2. 👍Like this post

3. 📍Tag your “MAMA” friends in the comments below! 
Starts from today and the winners will be announced next week by DM ( 24th of June 2017) .

Please remember you must follow everyone in the loop to qualify. All entries must be submitted by 6/23. We ask that PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the giveaway in order to be entered. 

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

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Miracle Breastmilk Recipe  


My breastfeeding journey thus far as been very eventful! 


Day 1-3 spent in the hospital and taking full advantage of the midwife and staff help to help Weston latch on and guide me while we were both learning. 

By the time I was at home I was in full break down mode by the six night. I was in tears twice having my husband dressed twice to run to Tescos to get formula because I wasn’t convinced he was getting what he needed. We persisted thru and I ended up exclusively hand expressing so I knew how much he was getting. Hands aching from hand expressing my father went out and bought me the double Medela Swing electric pump that I used for two days. This resulted in major baby blues as my husband was feeding and I was expressing at every feed. I was at a real low until I went to my local breastfeeding cafè and a lovely midwife I previously met in the hospital gave me my god sent…nipple sheilds. And now I have found my comfort and my sons. We now feed with sheilds, and hopefully we wean off them soon, but for now we are both happy and well fed. 

Get your Medela Swing Double Pump here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Medela-Swing-Double-Electric-Breastpump/dp/B009P2D6O6


I now don’t express every day and only if I need to in the morning. I had some left over milk I put in the fridge and knew I wasn’t going to use this week so I decided to take it out this morning to get it to room temperature and use in a recipe I found on Pinterest for an all purpose Breastmilk sort of lotion/oil. 

My poor baby had developed some baby acne and I read putting some breast milk on it really helps. He had a really bad case by at two weeks and even ended up with a crusty eye…I squirt some breastmilk in his eye ducks and it was cleared up by the next day. He still had some acne left and I started to put some on his face and it started to clear up over night. 


Miracle Breastmilk Lotion


I decided to make this recipe to keep the breastmilk longer and to make an multipurpose lotion to use on rashes, and other holistic uses.

What you’ll need:

Microwave safe dish

3.5 oz Breastmilk 

5 tbs coconut oil

Eco Oil Bottom Oil (multi use) 

Instructions:
1.) Heat coconut oil to melted in your bowl. Do not over fill the dish with the coconut oil, be very conservative. Just barely to the brim of the dish.  


2.) In a separate cup, add 2-3 drops of the EcoOil eto the breast milk. 



3.) Take the coconut oil out of the microwave and whisk them together. Promptly add your breast milk to the bowl, mix gently.


4.) Pour into any container that has a lid.

5.) Place in refrigerator and let set for 1 hour.
Your lotion will now be done! Leave in the fridge for freshness. Has a shelf life of 3 months!

Enjoy!
You can use expired milk for this lotion. I personally used my foremilk for this one, which is more on watery side. 

Lalabubaby Soothe Shirt- Review 

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Finally put Weston in the @lalabubaby soothe shirt! It’s the easiest way to wear a newborn! And what I find my first nursing convenient top!

I love this stylist tank, cozy pouch and nursing bra.


Black and easy to wear. Compliments my sporty attire and hugs me all in the right places. It feels safe and secure and I’m confident holding my little guy in this. 

The awesome tanks are made by a small business in Atlanta, GA ! And they even do a “daddy version” ! 


 I’m so lucky brands from back in the USA 🇺🇸 still love working with this expat! 


American pride…ships worldwide! 

Get yours here: 

https://www.lalabu.com/soothe-shirt/

Did I mention it’s custom made to your measurements and also a perfect post pardon support shirt?

Mama Cates approved! 

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My Birth Story- An Elective C-Section 


20th of May 2017 I gave birth to my baby, a beautiful  boy, by elective c-section. The backstory as to why I had an elective caesarean – in a nutshell, it was an issue of previous spontaneous pneumothorax  (clasped lungs) and potentially very large baby with the risk of shoulder displasisia and in the end a section was recommended as the most safe and straightforward option. 

So here’s the birth story. 

I was on a 24 hour induction pessary and after it fell out TWICE and caused an allergic reaction I was asked to be monitored over night. I had the most wonderful antithesis come in and explain I wasn’t allowed gas and air due to my spontaneous pneumothorax and my only medications I was offered was the epidural to be distributed right away to manage exhaustion. Two days later on the labour ward with contractions… we where told the risk of emergency c section due to receiving the epidural early on.

 I then had a discussion with my husband and we decided to have an elective c section to take control of my birth and of the situation myself and our baby would be in if I did need emergency intervention. 

Instead we come to terms and decided to have a “family centred c section ” they allowed skin to skin, delaying cord clamping and I got to breast feed straight away.  I had a meeting with the operating staff in the theatre and we brought our little boy into the world calmly, and contently.

 I really struggled with this in the beginning but end up using my hypnobirthing techniques, breathing and affirmations to help in any situation of birth. It was not scary and I was told everything to expect. 

When I found out the risk to myself and baby with natural birth and how more than likely would end in intervention…I took control and had the opportunity to “plan” my birth and make it as calm of an experience as possible. 


We were told we were to going home and come back later that week for the elective. But ended up in theatre at 5pm that afternoon. Our lovely surgeon told us he would like to have my baby in my arms that day and rid of the anxiety shared between my husband and myself. 

We had a little cubicle on the ward where the doctors and surgeons and anaesthetists would come and do their final checks on me before surgery – I was given two gowns, one to put on forwards and the other backwards so that my bare bum wouldn’t be on show as I walked to theatre. I also was told my toe nail polish had to go…(wasted money on the pedi I got beforehand). 

I had my checks (baby heartbeat, position, etc) and then the nurse put me into my anti-deep-vein-thrombosis stockings (well sexy, gardeners’ green, with a little peeptoe for your toes to stick through) and shaved my lady-garden around where the incision would be made. Then I was asked the same questions about five billion times by five billion people (any loose fillings? When did you last eat? Drink? Are you allergic to anything? What’s your date of birth) and before I knew it, it was time to go into theatre.
I wasn’t nervous at all and just asked the doctors to keep talking to me…tell me stories until my husband was is in room just so my mind was occupied when I was getting my injections. 
There’s something quite weird about walking yourself into an operating theatre, with all of its lights and bleeping machines and the people walking about busily with their masks and gloves on. 

I remembered having to sit hunched over a cushion so that they could put the needle into my spine for the spinal block. I was still incredibly nervous, but I practised the breathing from the hypnotherapy thing and it seemed to help.

And then the curtain was going up, and the staff were having their pre-surgery meeting…

I remember the doctor do roll call and he would say something along the lines of …
“Nurse” and the nurse would say her name “Sarah” and once the drugs hit I said aloud…
“Elizabeth”- “Patient” !!
Then entered the husband…in his cute scrubs get up. I remember saying aloud “hey doctor Cates, my fantasy?” And I requested he stroke my hair and talk to me about meeting out baby. He did a great job and later told me all he wanted to do was faint. 

Then, the section itself.  Everyone says, “it’s just like we’re doing the washing up in your stomach” and “you won’t feel pain, just pressure and tugging” and it wasn’t far from that. I remember them “popping my waters” and it felt as if an ocean wave has crashed onto my body but I couldn’t feel the wet just the water pressure. 

It seemed an like seconds and baby, but then there was a sucking, lifting sensation from my body and a few seconds pause and then a huge cry! 


I can’t even begin to tell you what that first cry does to you, if you’ve never experienced it before. Something just utterly primal happens, even if you’re completely off your tits on drugs . Then everyone busies around, cleaning and weighing and doing baby checks, and it does take your mind off the whole sewing-up business that’s going on further down. And once our boy was brought to us all I wanted my husband to do was to hold him leaning down so I could see his face, but my husband didn’t have a lot of experience with newborns and holding them I stared at my baby boys nose and eyes the whole time being stitched up. 

I’ve have had no complications, an anxiety free and totally calm birth of  our baby boy. 

And then? All a bit of a blur. I was sitting topples in a room with my baby breast feeding for the first time. Scary and unpredictable. I can not remember how or if he latched correctly all I could remember is the most wonderful feeling of love I felt for this baby. It’s rather hard to latch it on and feed it, all whilst feeling slightly out of it, with wires coming from your arms and a great big needle in the back of your hand But I couldn’t stop thinking to myself how much he looked like me…and how much he looked like my husband. It was compete and utter bliss.


I can assure you that nothing was dramatic, it was so calm. It could have been dramatic, but I think that your own mental state plays a massive part in how you experience the whole thing – you can be calm and take things as they happen or you can go in with very heightened emotions and everything will seem like the end of the world.


I will soon post about my C Section recovery…as I’m still “recovering”! 


Did anyone else feel that their elective/planned section was much calmer than a non-planned? 

Fire away in the comments section below!

 

The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair 2017- Fair Review

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Last Sunday April 30th I attended my first Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair.  The fair had over 100 exhibitors, activities, talks, demonstrations and free taster sessions that cover everything from pregnancy to pre-school.  The fair was raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to support their NOOK Appeal to raise funds for a new purpose-built hospice. A fun morning shopping around for baby items and getting familiar with the local businesses to support a great cause? Why not?

I enjoyed walking around the indoor building of the Norfolk Showgrounds, and talking with multiple suppliers about what they offer in the Norfolk parents area, and received some wonderful information on play groups and small groups to network with.

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After getting in contact with some of the suppliers at the fair I am excited to announce I will be collaborating and supporting small businesses in my area on this blog. This is extremely important to me as a mum-preneur / mumboss myself and if you live in the Norfolk area I would recommend you watch this blog for some amazing local talent and businesses that you might be interested in supporting yourself.

A special thank you for my ‘swag bag’…

JoJo Mama Bébé

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A great bag with MAM Anti-colic bottle, Best Baby and Toddler Gear Magazine, A dinosaur magnet mat, and countless gift certificates and coupons!

I had a great time at the fair and cannot wait to take my little one to the next one with me!

A list of the suppliers and local buisnesses can be found here:

http://www.mjr-events.co.uk/bump-beyond-2017-exhibitors/

 

Any questions or if you want to get involved with local Norfolk businesses feel free to send me message or comment below!

Thank you,

Mama Cates

 

 

 

 

NUTRIMUM PREGNANCY BARS: WHY THEY WORK FOR ME- REVIEW

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NUITRIMUM Pregnancy bars are a great snack that really beats taking a prenatal vitamin every day. It made me feel like I am giving my growing baby boy the nutrients he needs while developing inside me throughout my pregnancy.

Like most prenatal vitamins they are hard to swallow, especially for those who suffer for morning sickness like I did. But thankfully these bars gave me a break and I could enjoy a yummy and nutritious snack that I could replace them with.

Nuitrimum pregnancy bars are a great source of:

Folic Acid

Vitamins B2 & B6

Vitamins D

In the Summer Fruits box you receive five bars easily lasting you a week if you decided to switch between your prenatal tables and these bars.

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These bars are made with:

Cereals (44%) [Oat (gluten) flakes (19%), Puffed wheat (gluten) grain, Dried Cranberries (cranberry, sugar, sunflower oil), Freeze Dried Blackcurrant,  Cereal crisps (wheat (gluten) flour, rice flour, corn flour, sugar, barley (gluten) malt extract, oat (gluten) fibre, salt) (12%)], Glucose syrup, Raisins (raisins, sunflower oil) (12%), Inverted sugar syrup, Humectant (glycerin), Chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa fat, emulsifier (soy lecithin), natural vanilla flavour) (3%), Coconut oil, Emulsifier (soy lecithin), Vitamins and minerals (riboflavin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin D3, iron, iodine), Antioxidant: Ascorbic acid, Natural grape flavour, Natural flavour, Green tea extract, Acidity regulator: Citric acid.

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I found that these bars worked best for me when I had a busy day on photo shoots and I simply stuck one bar in my purse in case I forgot to take my tablet and had this mid-day snack to my rescue.  I would sometimes even break up the bar in a bowl of yogurt for breakfast. 

The only problem I found with these bars was the fact that the packaging was difficult to open but with that said I can say because of this I felt better about the longevity and freshness of the product. However, if they found an easier way to have the product opened that would make consuming the bars on the go much easier.

For more information you can visit the Nutrimum website

https://www.nutrimum.co.uk

You can purchase your bars at Boots in store and online at

http://www.boots.com/nutrimum

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Nutrimum also makes breastfeeding bars for mums which I will also review when the bundle of joy is here, and I am on that journey.

Until then…try these bars if you’re a busy mom boss and sick of remembering to swallow those nasty tables every day;  one bar a day is all you need. You won’t regret it.

Please leave your comments, questions or suggestions below.

Thanks,

MAMA CATES