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By Baby Intuition, Mar 1 2018 01:19PM

One of our BF specialists, Jenny, looks at the perfect gifts for the breastfeeding mum.

A common question from expectant parents in antenatal sessions is “What equipment do I need to buy for feeding?”.

The answer is, as is so often the case, “it depends”.

If you’re planning to breastfeed then the only equipment you really need is your breasts and your baby. However there are a few items which you may also find helpful to have on hand:

Most breastfeeding mums find a nursing bra more comfortable, accessible and discrete than a conventional bra. You can be measured for a nursing bra in the last couple of weeks of pregnancy.

You may find that breast-pads are useful in the early days if your breasts leak milk, during or between feeds, as your body adjusts to producing milk for your baby. You can use either disposable or washable breast-pads and it is worth shopping around as some are more discreet than others. Take a look at the luscious ones available at

Muslin cloths are useful for wiping up excess breast milk and baby sick.

As you’re probably becoming aware, pregnant women and new parents are a massive retail opportunity and you may already feel like you’re being bombarded with recommendations and adverts for “must-have” breastfeeding products. Here are a few commonly mentioned such products:

Nipple creams – specifically formulated for use before, during and after breastfeeds and many new mums swear by them. However, there is no evidence that using a nipple cream makes feeding comfortable; the level of comfort or discomfort is more attributable to the way your baby is positioned and attached at your breast. No amount of nipple cream is going to compensate for a poorly attached baby. Sore nipples may benefit from having a bit of breastmilk dabbed on them between feeds and lots of air.

Feeding cushions – shaped to fit the mother’s body and position the baby high at the breast. In many cases, it is not necessary to have a special cushion and you can create the effect with any normal pillow or cushion. But if you feel you need one take at look at these, at least you can use them as a bag if baby prefers the laid position (no pillows required) for breastfeeding

Breastpump – not all women who breastfeed will choose to express milk and/or use a breastpump. A decent breastpump is not an inexpensive piece of equipment and therefore you can probably wait to buy until you know you will definitely need it. If you need to express in the early days you always have the option of hand expressing, borrowing a hospital breastpump or buying one same-day in the shops or on-line. Here is a local supplier, Kanari Pharmacy with a same day hire facility

Nipple shields – silicon covers worn over the nipples during breastfeeding are not a standard piece of kit, but rather something that might be tried in certain circumstances e.g. with a baby who struggles to maintain a deep latch or a baby who has been bottle-fed initially. Generally, it is suggested that you use nipple shields under the supervision of a skilled breastfeeding supporter as there are a number of factors to consider in their use. Medelas come in small, medium and large so worth consideration.

Gel pads – can be used warm or cold to relieve the symptoms of engorged breasts. The same effect can be achieved by using a hot or cold water soaked flannel.

Feeding cover – a structured material drape that you wear when breastfeeding which affords some privacy. The same effect can be achieved by wearing layers (e.g. camisole top under layer and over layer) or an open shirt/cardigan or by draping a muslin cloth over your shoulder. If you’re anxious about feeding in public.

You can obviously buy as much or as little equipment as you wish in advance, but I’d suggest waiting and seeing what you actually need. Here are a few ideas of useful gifts for new mothers, some specific for breastfeeding:

The gift of a home-cooked meal or more. Note Cook give 10% discount off thier frozen meals to new parents.

The gift of friendship, support and practical help.

A baby sling – keeps baby skin-to-skin which promotes bonding, encourages milk supply and provides security & comfort for your baby whilst you get on with things. Wear my Baby is the perfect place to start and meet local mums

A decent breastfeeding bookPinter & Martin sell the best evidence based ones.

In the event of ante natal anxiety around first few weeks at home with baby or problems when baby arrives, consider a consultation with one of our breastfeeding counsellors , we charge £100 for 3 hours of support spread over two or three home visits. Email to book a home visit.

By Baby Intuition, Sep 2 2017 06:08PM

Then join me for a ‘mums to be retreat’ between Friday 16th March and Monday 19th March 2018 at 5 star Almyra Hotel in Cyprus

I was delighted to be approached by my local travel agent, Travel Matters, to be part of a wonderful retreat long weekend designed especially for new parents to be

I will be hosting the weekend with a fantastic colleague Nadia Rafaat of

We have been working alongside each other for three years with a shared passion to support new parents before, during and after birth.

FRIDAY: Nadia and I will meet you on arrival for a welcome drink, followed by dinner. You will have the opportunity to chill out in the Almyra bar before retiring to your room to catch a cozy night’s sleep before waking up to a wonderful yoga class - your choice of course : )

SATURDAY: Nadia will introduce you to the practice of Mindfulness, explore its many aspects and attitudes and you learn how Mindfulness will support and enhance your pregnancy, birth and parenting experience. You will practice physical skills for labour, working with the breath and the body to explore a range of Mindfulness-based techniques and birth skills for eliciting and maintaining an open and relaxed mental/emotional state during the labour and birth process.

These classes will be broken into two x two hour sessions after which you will have the option of a massage and spa treatment for one hour. We will have dinner as a group, providing the opportunity to develop friendships and ask Nadia and I any inquisitive questions about birth and babies.

SUNDAY: Another opportunity to try yoga before breakfast. We will then begin my ‘Bringing Baby Home’ workshops broken into two x two hour sessions. I will explain the support provided by the NHS and the alternative sources of support available within your community that can enhance your experience and build your confidence as a parent. I will explain the complexities of how a newborn baby feeds to enable you to differentiate between baby’s feed, sleep and play cues. I will also provide an understanding on the many early developmental stages to enable you to recognize why your baby may be crying. Knowing these developmental stages will enable you to soothe your baby and create a calm environment for mum, partner and baby.

Late afternoon there will be an option of a pedicure treatment and a facial. We will have our final dinner followed by a retreat closing session with Nadia and I over a virgin cocktail !

MONDAY: Breakfast at leisure, check out and depart the hotel. Nadia and I will be on hand to say good-bye.

This long weekend - truly will be treat for you to share precious information with your birth partner or a close friend or relative who wants to accompany you for the weekend. They are welcome to join the birth and parenting sessions and/or make use of the hotel facilities and join us for yoga, breakfast and dinner.

I hope to meet you very soon

By Baby Intuition, Jun 6 2017 02:03PM

What a week of very bad, sad news when we were all moved and shocked by wicked behaviour of three men. It will take a long time to reflect upon the impact the last three terrorist attacks will have on our country and in deed the world as many of those who died were tourists.

However, as we know we must strive to be happy in our lives and continue to be kind to those around us and I have been so uplifted by two mother-centred practitioners I met this week.

Laura of and Lene of have fantastic local practices supporting women via Osteopathy at Fresh Ground on corner of Northcote Road and Pelvic Floor exercises at home via the Body Connect website.

Reach out to the wonderful women within our community who can enrich your life

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