The “BF” Edit

The Breastfeeding Edit

Our Favourite Breastfeeding Products!

* Cover image courtesy of Emily Nelson Art

Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7, 2017) which is aimed at encouraging Mums to breastfeed their children for at least the first six months of their baby’s life. Breastfeeding my babies was one of the most difficult challenges for me as a new Mum, and I was fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed both of them with a lot of help and support! I barely made it to 6 months with my son, but made it to almost a year with my daughter and probably would have fed her for longer if she wasn’t so adamant that she was done (headstrong from the very beginning!).

It’s so important to talk about the fact that breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to every Mum and that it can be incredibly hard in the early days – but, with the right information and support systems in place, most mums can successfully breastfeed. Read about my breastfeeding journey here plus some fabulous Breastfeeding tips from Jessica McCarroll at First in Breast Dressed. If you’re struggling in your feeding journey, please reach out to a Lactation consultant, or pop over to our Facebook support Group FIND YOUR VILLAGE – our lovely group of Mums would love to support you!

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and to support all of our Breastfeeding Mamas, this Edit is all about sharing our favourite Breast-feeding friendly products from our wonderful Nursery Collective boutiques and services - and as always, some fantastic, exclusive offers!

THE " BF" EDIT - Our Favourite Breastfeeding Products!

RENEE'S GOODIES

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Everything about Renee’s Goodies is about boosting your milk supply in the form of totally delicious goodies that are guilt free for breastfeeding mums! So not only do these treats taste amazing but they are made with quality galactagogue ingredients that may help to nourish a breastfeeding mum's milk supply.
There is a huge range to choose from - Cookies, Milo bars, Red velvet cookies, Chocolate ball mix, Nursing tea, Smoothie mixes, Breastfeeding support Capsules and so much more!

Special offer – 25% off STOREWIDE
Use Code WBW at Checkout
SHOP HERE
Valid during World Breastfeeding Week only

FIRST IN BREAST DRESSED

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This online boutique is truly a one-stop-shop for nursing Mamas! First in Breast Dressed is passionate about supporting Mumkind, one feed at a time! Read Jessica’s Top Breastfeeding Tips as a Second Time Mum here.

Here are our favourite First in Breast Dressed Essentials!

Feeding Friend Nursing Pillow
– This uniquely shaped self-inflating pillow is perfect to pack and go only taking 15 seconds to inflate when you’re feeding out and about! As any good physio and lactation consultant would tell you – bring the baby to the breast not vice versa – and this nursing pillows helps you do just that!
SHOP HERE

Nursing Bra (Discretion by Gina) – this gorgeous bra incorporates a unique, patented design that creates a relaxed, discreet and comfy breastfeeding experience for mother and baby. Not only is it elegant, but it is affordable and functional. Available in sizes 14D to 20F
SHOP HERE

Boobie Beanie – The perfect reason to breastfeed in public! These gorgeous beanies are hand crocheted in Australia and come in both cream/pink and tan/brown. These will bring a smile to your face and also make the perfect little baby shower gift! Sized 0-3 months but can be worn until around 6 months.
SHOP HERE

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Body Ice Breast Pads
– Thes pads are wonderful for easing pain and soreness associated with breastfeeding and engorgement and can be used straight from the freezer! They can also be beneficial in reducing pain for those suffering from mastisis. Head them up in the microwave to help stimulate let-down or assist with blocked milk ducts.
SHOP HERE

Right Aid Hydrogel Nipple Cream – Every breastfeeding Mum needs a fabulous nipple cream! Soothe cracked and sore nipples with this cooling cream – the perfect essential for your nappy/feeding bag!
SHOP HERE

Special offer – 10% off STOREWIDE
Use Code WBW at Checkout
SHOP THE FULL RANGE HERE
Valid during World Breastfeeding Week only

NURSING MUM GIFTPACK - LIL FOOTPRINT HAMPERS

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This natural and organic Nursing Mum Gift Pack from Lil Footprint Hampers is a wonderful start up kit of feeding essentials, perfect to support any new breastfeeding mother!
The hamper contains some gorgeous products:
- Natures Child Organic Cotton Washable Breast Light Pads (6 Pack) made from 100% Organic Cotton to keep clothing and bedding dry during the natural process of milk leakage
- GAIA Nipple Balm 40ml to moisturize, soothe and protect sore, cracked nipples
- Squealie 100% Natural Hand Sanitizer 75ml : Australia’s only 100% natural hand sanitizer!
- Weleda Nursing Tea (20 pack): a wonderful blend of organic herbs to support lactation and soothe digestion for both mother and child.

SPECIAL OFFER: 15% OFF USING CODE BREASTFEEDING15% - unlimited use until stock runs out.
SHOP HERE
Valid during World Breastfeeding Week only

HUG-A-BUB CARRIER from Baby Carriers Australia

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The Hug-A-Bub carriers are officially endorsed by Australia’s leading breastfeeding support and advocacy organization, the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) who say that these wraps allow parents to carry their babies in one of the most natural ways possible. The pure organic cotton Hug-a-bub wrap carrier offers closeness and security and can help make the transitional weeks of bonding with baby easier. The ABA also took into consideration that the Hug-a-bub carries babies in the optimal “deep seat” position for good hip, back and spine development, with legs and bottom forming a “froggy” or “M” shape. Suitable from birth right through to the toddler years, what better way to bond with you little one! You can find the range of Hug-A-Bub Carriers over at Baby Carriers Australia, your GO TO site for modern, stylish, practical baby carriers and essentials.

SPECIAL OFFER: 10% OFF ALL HUG-A-BUB CARRIERS USING CODE SNUGGLES
SHOP THE RANGE HERE
Valid during World Breastfeeding Week only

NURSING DRESSES from Bump Style

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Bump Style is a fabulous online dress rental service allowing pregnant and new Mums an wide choice of beautiful dresses to suit any occasion for both maternity and post pregnancy. All you need to do is browse and choose your dress, select your delivery date for 2 days prior to your occasion/event and it will be delivered to you ready to wear! Ah-mazing! Once you’re done, simply place your dress in the prepaid satchel and drop at your nearest Post Office or Express Post Box – no need to worry about dry cleaning!
*Dresses shown: Naomi Nursing Dress, Kimono Sequin Maxi Dress, Alessandra Dress Midnight Garden

SPECIAL OFFER: $15 discount on dress rental booked during World Breastfeeding Week USING CODE WBW15
RENT NURSING DRESSES HERE

BREASTFEEDING MIXES from Milk Mama

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We just love the range of Lactation Mixes & Post Birth Healing Foods from Milk Mama! These products are all about helping Mums transition into Motherhood with more ease, and the Breastfeeding Mixes do just that when it comes to Breastfeeding and promoting milk supply.

The Breastfeeding Range includes 3 mixes, Chia & Quinoa Flakes Smoothie Mix, Oats and Coconut Flakes Smoothie Mix and the delicious Fenugreek and Coconut Munch Mix. The smoothie mixes are easy to prepare and store and contain natural milk enhancing galactagogues to help promote milk supply. All you need besides the mixes are milk, fruit and a blender! The munch mix has no yeast which is great for mums who might be suffering from thrush, a common breastfeeding issue. Included in the mix are dried fenugreek leaves and powder, coconut, fennel plus healing turmeric. Just grab a tablespoon and munch away or add to your favourite smoothie, soup or cereal.
All products are Dairy, nut, egg, wheat free & vegan.

SHOP MILK MAMA BREASTFEEDING MIXES HERE

BREASTFEEDING BASICS from Borne Too

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When I was breastfeeding, the most important thing to me when it came to wardrobe choices was comfort, but I still wanted to look stylish! Borne Too is the perfect choice for breastfeeding Mamas with versatile pieces that are simple and beautiful, yet practical for all aspects of mum-life! The range of gorgeous dresses, tops and pants make the perfect blank canvas for you to add your own personal style and flair.
Here are some of our favourite pieces!

Sanction Maxi Dress – This stylish and simple maxi is uniquely designed for breastfeeding access and can be worn as a stand-alone piece, worn with a layering top, or paired with a favourite piece from your own wardrobe. We love the relaxed fit with the drawstring and the soft breathable fabric, plus the generous thickness of the shoulders strap to work perfectly with any maternity bra. Also available as a mini-dress.
SHOP MAXI VERSION HERE HERE
SHOP MINI VERSION HERE

Freedom Feeding Tank - the perfect staple to make just about any top breastfeeding friendly. As the name suggests, this tank gives you the freedom to continue wearing your favourite “non-maternity” styles. This uniquely designed tank sits under your bust so you can layer it with any top you like – a great one for packing in your hospital bag!
SHOP HERE

Liberty Tee – The perfect comfy staple for mums to layer over the Freedom Feeding Tank, or wear alone before and after babies, another perfect one to pack in your hospital bag! The soft natural fibres of this short sleeve oversized tee means day long comfort and style.
SHOP HERE

SPECIAL OFFER: USE CODE BFWEEK for 30% off sitewide
Valid during World Breastfeeding Week only

NEW BAMBOO NURSING PADS By Towelling Stories

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In the spirit of World Breastfeeding Week, Towelling Stories have released new washable nursing pads. Made from natural bamboo, they're thick, soft and super absorbent, making them a great choice for all new mums! These round nursing pads are 11cm in diameter and designed and made in Australia. There are six options to choose from for the amazing low introductory price of $4.95 a set! (This introductory price is valid throughout August only)
SHOP NURSING PADS HERE

Happy Shopping and Feeding!
Love, Cathy

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Mothers Day Edit

By Fi Morrison

This year is my very first Mother’s Day and I have to be honest, I’m pretty darn excited. Not completely for selfish reasons (although, which mum doesn’t like to have their ONE day of pampering a year?!). I am excited about celebrating almost a year of starting my motherhood journey, and spending time being loved and appreciated by my son (and husband). And as this is our one allocated day of the year to be a little bit spoilt, how can we not take this opportunity to find some amazing Mother’s Day gifts for ourselves (unless you are one of the lucky mums whose husband is a good gift giver… anyone?!). So if you’re looking to give hubby (and your kids) a nudge in the right direction, or find something for your own Mum, make sure you check out this brilliant range of gifts from our Mother’s Day Edit! - Love, Fi xxx

FASHION & ACCESSORIES FOR MUM

EIRESS : Famke Luxe Necklace + Matching Keyring

Most mums are used to wearing sweatpants and mum buns, making it hard for them to feel pretty (do we even have time for that anymore?!). Becoming a new mum has helped me to appreciate the accessories that we can add to our everyday attire to help us feel dolled up and special. Eiress has a gorgeous range of Famke necklaces, such as this stunning Famke Blueberry Luxe piece that will be the highlight of any mother’s outfit. I’ve been wearing it non stop and I absolutely LOVE it! The Eiress range of jewelry is a must-have for your mother’s day gift list as there is such a beautiful range of unique designs, with the added bonus of being safe around gummy bubs (although they are not a toy!).

Plus, if you’d like to add an extra special personal touch to your mother’s day gift this year, Eiress also offers personalized key rings that can match your necklaces. I got this gorgeous matching key ring for my Famke Blueberry Lux necklace (MM = Mumma Morrison!) that I just absolutely adore. Again it adds a bit of glam to a mother’s everyday accessories to help her feel gorgeous and special while running around after the little ones. An absolute must for any mother this Mother’s Day!

SHOP EIRESS NECKLACES & KEYRINGS HERE
Link to Eiress at The Nursery Collective

MODIMADE : Trapeze Dress and Keang Top


Some mums are fashionistas; others are socially conscious – with Modimade, you can find a stunning combination of both. Modimade is an independent enterprise that supports the handy work of Cambodian artisans by stocking their eco friendly clothing. The clothes are created using remnant fabrics from factory left overs, and the garments with screen printing are printed by hand using water based inks. The Keang Top and Trapeze Dress I received are both gorgeous examples of the Modimade range, and I love the contrasting colours of the black fabric and the light screen printed designs.

As a new mum, I’ve been very conscious of my weight and I find myself getting frustrated that I have “nothing nice to wear”. What I absolutely love about the Modimade Keang Top and Trapeze dress is that I feel comfortable in the clothing. They are both flattering to my body type, they are stylish clothes to wear out and about (with the option of layering up with leggings and a cardi, or leaving as is for the warmer months), and I have peace of mind knowing that they are sustainable. If you’re looking for a unique, fashionable gift this Mother’s Day, Modimade is the brand for you.

Modimade are also offering all Nursery Collective customers an amazing 25% OFF the Trapeze dress, simply use the code TNCMUM to grab your discount! Offer valid until midnight Saturday May 13, 2017

SHOP THE TRAPEZE DRESS HERE
Link to Modimade at The Nursery Collective

MY TINY WARDROBE: MAMA BEANIES


I have to admit, I’m one of THOSE mums – I love the idea of the matchy-matchy outfits with bub. Of course, this is a bit more difficult when you have a son. But I couldn’t get over how absolutely ADORABLE these baby beanies are from My Tiny Wardrobe, and what is absolutely the best is that now they are bringing out matching mother’s beanies too (apparently the lovely mumma Amy behind this biz loves some #twinning too!) She has designed these gorgeous, affordable beanies ($35 and Made in Australia) just in time for the cooler weather coming.

The beanies are 100% cotton, perfect for keeping our heads warm in winter. They come in 4 sizes, 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-4 years and Adult (sizing is true to size). There are 6 colours to choose from as well: Charcoal Grey, Pale Grey, Cream, Deep Pink, Dusty Pink and Navy Blue. A lovely accessory for mum to enjoy in the lead up to the cold months – with or without #twinning.

SHOP MOTHER'S BEANIES HERE
Link to My Tiny Wardrobe at The Nursery Collective

THE BUB DESIGNS: AUTUMN SCANDI NECKLACE

You can never have too many accessories as a new mum, and one thing I have quickly learnt is the more variety in accessories, the better. I’ve started collecting a range of necklaces to dress up plain breastfeeding tops and clothes to help me feel good. When I saw the Plum Scandi Necklace by The Bub Designs, I was instantly drawn to the natural wooden beads (gorgeous colour and goes with lots of outfits!) and the lovely plum colour, which is a hit for Autumn this year. The Bub Designs offers a range of colours, with the Autumn collection including mustard, olive and maroon accents.

Again, while these aren’t a teething toy for children, bub won’t be hurt if they have a little chew on this necklace while you’re wearing it (better than any metal, dangly necklace you might wear!). I love that it can also compliment both casual and dressy outfits, such as this ensemble I recently wore to a wedding. Plus, made with silicone and raw beech wooden beads, they are easy to clean (with warm soapy water) and have a break away clasp meaning you baby can’t rip it from your neck. A great fashion accessory for all mums!

SHOP AUTUMN SCANDI NECKLACES HERE
Link to The BUB Designs at The Nursery Collective

PAMPERING PRODUCTS FOR MUM

AVA LOLA ORGANICS : Pamper Box

If you’re looking to pamper your mum (or yourself – you deserve it!) this Mother’s Day, this Pamper Box from Ava Lola Organics is the perfect solution. It contains a blissful combination of a Candle, Body Brush, Sweet Orange Bath Salts, Coffee Scrub, Charcoal, Paw Paw Lip Butter and Organza Pouch (filled with potpourri).

What I love about this Pamper Box is that it incorporates many elements of indulgence – the perfect arrangement for a mother’s relaxing bath-night, treating her skin and her sense of smell to delectable fragrances. Another intriguing element to this Pamper Box that I can’t get enough of is the charcoal. I love that it has a range of uses for mums so that it meets a variety of your care needs (teeth anyone?!). The Pamper Box gave me a night of pure relaxation with the bath salts and coffee scrub in the bath, followed by the body brush, charcoal and lip butter afterwards to add to the soft skin. Pure bliss!

SHOP PAMPER BOXES HERE
Link to Ava Lola Organics at The Nursery Collective

LYN'S LABEL ORGANIC BABY : Chenille Bath Robe


Nothing says spoiling mum like a blissful pampering session, and how better to do that then dressed up as such. Lyn’s Label Organic Baby has a gorgeous organic cotton chenille robe that will make any mum feel like they’re at a luxury day spa. The best thing about Chenille (which I only just learnt!) is that it actually gets softer and softer with every wash, which will most likely beat all the clothes or robes mum might already have! The robe has also been designed with breastfeeding mums in mind, to keep them toasty warm during the middle of the night feeds in Winter.

I haven’t owned a proper robe before (I had a waffle robe for my wedding), but have worn them at day spas before. Having my own has really brought that luxury feeling into the space of my very own home. Particularly partnered up with some of the other pampering products like the scrubs and bath salts, wearing the robe before and after a relaxing bath really helped me to capture a bit of (much needed!) “me time” leading up to Mother’s Day.


SHOP Chenille Robes from Lyn’s Label Organic Baby HERE. The robes are currently on sale at 50% OFF (Down from $160 to $80) until the end of the month only. Hurry to claim this amazing deal! Link to Lyn's Label Organic Baby at The Nursery Collective.

THE STAMPED ANCHOR : Sugar Scrubs

I was initially intrigued when I came across the sugar scrubs by The Stamped Anchor. I have heard of coffee scrubs before, but not sugar scrubs. However, when I received the pouches of tiny, vibrant granules, I knew I was in for a treat. The Stamped Anchor team really know their stuff – they recommended particular scrubs for certain needs. For example, they recommended the Peppermint scrub for a pick-me-up during my morning shower, and the Lavender scrub to help me relax and unwind at the end of the day in my evening bath.

The sugar scrubs are combined with coconut oil to exfoliate the skin, leaving it silky smooth afterwards. I’ve been using the different scrubs (per my instructions!) day and night and my skin has been left glowing! Combined with the gorgeous, tropical colours, it will definitely brighten up any mother’s day.


SHOP Sugar Scrubs from The Stamped Anchor HERE – they have a 40% off discount running on their Sugar Scrubs (Code: MUMMASCRUB), so hurry now before it ends May 15th. Link to The Stamped Anchor at The Nursery Collective.

THE NATURAL GIFT BOX CO : Create Your Own Gift Box

I absolutely LOVED the concept of creating my own gift box for Mother’s Day. While the Natural Gift Box Co offers gift boxes targeted at the ‘mindful’, ‘movement’, and ‘me time’ mums, I loved being able to put together my own selection of goodies to receive. I am the type of gal who always sends links to my husband of what I want for birthdays and Christmas, so it’s nice to have to option of choosing my own presents. When creating my own gift box, I went with a selection similar to the “Mindful Mumma” gift Box – Coconut hand + body butter (yum!), an uplift organic bath soak (because baths in winter are divine!) and the 3x inspirational watercolour prints to add to my office space (which are stunning!). I then also added the Thrive by Nature Tea Sampler Pack, as I’m a bit of a tea fiend.

When I received the Gift Box I created, I was still super excited to receive my products (even though you’d think the surprise would have dampened it a bit!). The package was beautifully wrapped, and the goodies were nestled wonderfully inside. For a small box, it packs an amazing punch. I was pleasantly surprised by the generous supply of the bath soak and tea samplers (considering there are 9 of them), as well as the quality of the watercolour prints (on gorgeous stock card). If you are shopping for a mumma who likes to choose their own goodies (yourself maybe?), The Natural Gift Box Co is the way to go!

SHOP GIFT BOXES HERE (Including Create Your Own)
Link to The Natural Gift Box Co. at The Nursery Collective

AVIDIVA : Badger Body Balms


If you’re looking for an additional Mother’s Day gift, the Badger Balms from Avidiva are a great choice. They are natural and certified organic, containing essential oils to help calm the body naturally. Avidiva stocks two Badger Balms: The Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm, and the Aromatherapy Cheerful Mind Balm. These would be perfect to carry while travelling, particularly the sleep balm which comes in a travel tin. These balms use natural ingredients to help soothe the mind and body, and does not contain any nasty products. Each balm has particular fragrances to help calm the body in different ways. For example, the Cheerful Mind balm contains Lemon and Sweet Orange to uplift the mind, Spearmint to remove bad thoughts, and Ylang Ylang as a pleasant, floral aroma.

These balms would be the perfect gift for mums who need help to unwind before bedtime (um… like all mothers?!), or some motivation in the morning to start the day. The Badger Balms also have the added bonus of being 100% natural, making them safe for the whole family too. Give a mother the gift of relaxation or a “cheerful mind” this Mother’s Day.

SHOP BODY BALMS HERE
Link to Avidiva at The Nursery Collective

SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR MUM

PIECES OF HAPPINESS : Décor Letters


Pieces of Happiness create stunning handmade letters for both mums and bubs. The gorgeous owner of this business incorporates soft fabric and padding into the letters, coupled with sturdy edges, to make them durable. They measure 22cm x 16cm, making them bold enough to stand out in any space without being overstated. Depending on your styling, they would make a dramatic feature item in your room or an understated décor piece.

While these letters would make an amazing centerpiece for a child’s nursery, they are also the perfect gift for the stylist mumma wanting to design her own space. For the business mum, these letters would make a great office feature. For the stay at home mum, they would be a beautiful highlight for her bedroom. These letters would even brighten up the everyday family space as a reminder to your mum of the thoughtful gift she'd received for Mother’s Day. You could also purchase a range of letters to spell out a name and hang them in your preferred space.

SHOP DECOR LETTERS HERE
Link to Pieces of Happiness at The Nursery Collective

MILK MAMA: Munch & Smoothie Mixes

What better gift could you give a mum this Mother’s Day than something that both tastes delicious and is beneficial. If you are looking for a gift for a breastfeeding mum, the Munch and Smoothie mixes by Milk Mama are a perfect gift. The use of natural ingredients (for example, the flaxseed and fenugreek found in a lot of lactation mixes) helps the body to boost milk supply over the course of a few days. The Munch and Smoothie mixes are great because they are easy to use/consume (the munch mix is all ready to go!), and also boost the milk supply (I did a review on the Milk Mama Smoothie Mixes a couple of months ago HERE).

I started adding the munch mix to my morning cereal, but it works as a garnish for any type of dish – smoothies, salads, pasta or curries (the flavours would actually work quite well with a curry!). It is mostly organic desiccated coconut, and tastes amazing. There are instructions for the amount to use and how often to take it to boost the milk supply, which I found helpful when I was having it. The munch and smoothie mixes are a great alternative to the common ‘lactation cookie’ mixes, and would be great for healthy/fit breastfeeding mummas this Mother’s Day!


SHOP MUNCH & SMOOTHIE MIX HERE
Link to Milk Mama at The Nursery Collective

GRANDAD PAT'S TREASURE TROVE: The ToDo Game

If you’re looking for something outside of the box for Mother’s Day, why not check out The ToDo Game over at Grandad Pat’s Treasure Trove? It will give a lucky mumma the gift of family time (which I know as a new mum means a lot to me!), opening up the doors for creativity, fun, and insightful conversations. Plus, the ToDo game has the added bonus of being educational for the kids, so it really is a WIN-WIN. Such a great gift for the fun-loving, time-oriented mum this Mother’s Day.

SHOP THE TO DO GAME HERE
Link to Grandad Pat's Treasure Trove at The Nursery Collective

SOMETHING LUXE FOR MUM

ABBY ST. CLAIRE: Merino Chunky Knit Blanket

If you’re looking for another Mother’s Day gift that will be perfect for mum in the lead up to Winter, this Woolly Mammoth Merino Blanket by Abby St. Claire is the gift for you. Measuring 100 x 110cm, these blankets are made from locally sourced Australian Merino Wool (so unbelievably soft and luxurious!). You can purchase them in a range of colours, including Navy, Light Grey, Pale Blue, Pink, Natural and Oatmeal (custom colours may be possible, but you’d need to have a chat with the business owner).

These blankets are currently made to order so have a turn-around time of 2-3 weeks (well worth it as a late Mother’s Day present with their gorgeous design and quality!).  While the Merino Blanket looks cuddly and comfortable, heavy use isn’t advisable due to possible pilling of the wool. The Merino Blanket makes a stunning decorative piece – so if you are shopping for a stylist mumma, be sure to add this blanket to your list.

SHOP THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH BLANKET HERE
Link to Abby St. Claire at The Nursery Collective

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BREASTFEEDING TIPS & FREE NEW BABY CHECKLIST

“Happy mummy, happy baby” - I’m a passionate believer in this mantra. I for one am totally pro-breastfeeding but I also believe that Fed is Best and that every mama needs to do what’s right for her and her bub, whether that be breastfeeding or formula feeding. But working that out as a new mum is easier said than done, especially when you have the crazy hormones and mama guilt to add to the mix!

How I would feed wasn’t really even on the radar during my first pregnancy. Most of my focus went into the kind of birth I wanted (which I didn’t get... but that’s another blog post!), decorating his nursery, choosing countless adorable outfits and making sure I had all the essentials. I did endless research on finding the perfect pram and car seat and had everything set to go for his arrival. I’d read the most popular parenting books, seen most of my friends have babies and thought I was as prepared as I could be. (I was also adamant he wouldn’t watch a screen for the first 3 years of his life – ha, I really had no idea!)

I planned to breastfeed and that was that. It looked easy enough and seemed to be the most natural thing on earth. I had my breastpump and a few bottles ready (so hubby could do some feeds), breastpads, feeding bras and lanolin cream. Ready to go.

But oh the PAIN!!! The toe curling, every-single-muscle-in-my-sore-body-clenched-in-agony pain!! What the hell was that about? It made the recovery of my last minute c-section feel like an absolute walk in the park! Before I’d even been discharged I ended up hooked to a hospital grade pump to give my boobs a rest because they were actually bleeding. I still remember being horrified to see blood in my son’s mouth. And wow, the engorgement. At one point I think each boob was actually bigger than my head. Yup, here’s the photographic evidence:

I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in saying that for me, it was probably the single most difficult thing I had to cope with in the early days of being a new mum. But I persevered, despite having to deal with a poor latch, flat nipples, thrush, blisters and blebs, and a baby that was a complete and utter milk-sucking barracuda. I used to dread each painful feed. I remember sitting on the couch one night in guilty tears after sending my hubby to the shops to buy formula, but then being unable to give it to my son due to the guilt. My hubby thought I was crazy. I was crazy. Crazy on pain, lack of sleep and guilt for not being able to do this most natural of things and feed my baby! And yet despite all this he was happily gaining weight and that kept me going. But it took almost 8 weeks before we finally managed to feed pain free.

I think it’s super important to talk about the fact that breastfeeding can be unbelievably hard and that it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. I wished the midwives had talked about this in our antenatal classes. I wish I’d been a little more prepared. In the end my breastfeeding journey with my son ended around 6 months due to some other medical issues and by then we were already combination feeding. But with my daughter I knew what was coming. I asked for help early and we managed to successfully breastfeed for almost a year before she decided she’d had enough one morning and that was that. But that’s just my daughter, headstrong and already knowing what she wanted at that age!

So at this juncture I’d like to introduce our guest poster, the lovely Jessica McCarroll. Jess is the owner of First in Breast Dressed, one of the boutiques here at The Nursery Collective and her passion is “supporting Mumkind, one feed at a time”. She’s also a second-time Mum and we’ve asked her to share what she would have told her first-time Mum self about breastfeeding. We hope you enjoy her tips!

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BREASTFEEDING: Tips from a second time Mum

"Firstly I would tell myself to stop and smell the roses and chill the fridge out! Hindsight is a wonderful thing and here are some of my hints and tips for breastfeeding success now that I’m a second-time Mum.

Milk doesn’t make milk. Water makes milk
There are many old wives’ tales out there about increasing your milk supply and believe me I’ve tried them all! I absolutely believe that Placenta pills (yes I had my placenta encapsulated), Lactation Cookies and Nursing Tea have helped my milk supply this time around. There is one thing that the experts all agree on, however, drink as much water as you can! Trick yourself into doing so by any means needed. For me, that meant ditching the bottled supermarket water and treating myself to an awesome re-usable drink bottle. The breastfeeding Mum needs more hydration than the average woman. The exact amount is up for debate, but as a general guide 3L per day is going to get you there. If you are dehydrated, it is much harder for your body to function including producing milk. So get drinking!

Relax
How easy does that sound? But really no matter how many times you have contorted yourself into every uncomfortable position known to man, the best way to get that milk flowing is to relax. Sitting up not your thing? Feed your bub in side lying. Feeding not going amazingly? Try reclining in your feeding chair or lounge and let bubba do the work. I have seen some amazing videos about the ‘breast crawl’. These little creatures that you now call your own will not willingly starve themselves and it is inherent in their nature to find the breast. Ever wondered why your areolas and nipples become darker? It is literally to help babies find their ‘target’. Laid back nursing or biological nurturing was always the most successful way for me to feed my first born. Remember this is a skill you are both learning together, it takes time, practice and above all patience.

Seek Professional Advice: STAT
Did you know there is a difference between a Lactation Consultant and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)? I do, because I want to become one and my goodness there is a lot of work that goes into becoming an IBCLC. Entrust your breasts to the best! Explore your options, even if you are feeling house bound and unable to get to an appointment, some IBCLCs offer Skype consults. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In the same token damage to your nipples should be looked at ASAP. Use nipple cream and fresh air to help heal and pre – cooled hydrogel discs to ease the pain. Then book yourself into your local Women’s Health physiotherapist for laser treatment. Laser works by stimulating healing to the area, and can improve pain even after just one treatment. Most public hospitals have a Women’s Health physiotherapist, otherwise there are more and more private practices with Women’s Health as their specific focus.

From me to you, these are my top three pieces of breastfeeding wisdom."

As another second-time Mum I totally agree with the tips Jess has shared. The game changer for me was seeking professional help. I waited almost 6 weeks with my first, however with my second I saw an IBCLC at the hospital and organised a few follow ups in the first 2 weeks. Experimenting with positioning was also key – the rugby hold was my saviour in the early days and as my daughter got older she liked to sit on my lap legs astride and have both boobs on offer, having little sips between both until she got her full feed, the little monkey! I also had less mum-guilt the second time around and told myself that I wouldn’t beat myself up about it if we ended up bottle feeding and that in itself made things easier.

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I hope this blog post has given you some insight and I sincerely hope that you may be one of those lucky mums who has no problems at all and doesn’t feel one iota of pain! It is possible! But if you’re not, being prepared for what lies ahead is half the battle won, and both Jess and I wish you every success in your feeding journey.

Remember – Fed is Best, and a happy mummy equals a happy baby.

Love,
Cathy x

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