Thursday, 29 October 2015

Baby Number 2 is on the way!

Hey folks! It's been a while... work has been crazy - I'm up to full time now - and to be honest, since Pearl is now 3 years old and hasn't breastfed since she was a year, I didn't have an awful lot to write, and though I promised to bring you stories from those around me, that didn't pan out either!

But I return to you now with some extra special news - baby number 2 is on the way! Yes, I am currently 13 weeks pregnant with our second baby. Pearl is going to be a big sister, and she's adamant that it's a girl; if it isn't, then she's going to use her "magic powers" to "turn it into a girl". I've told her that that isn't quite how the world works, but thus far she remains unconvinced.

Anyway, I will love you and leave you with our pregnancy announcement picture... not perfect, but with so many excellent ideas out there it was difficult to come up with something original.

Have a great day!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

New Facebook page

Just a quick note that the Yummy Mummy's Breastfeeding Blog has a new Facebook page.

The last page, which had thousands of followers and regular activity, has mysteriously vanished into the depths of the internet... which is why the new one is but a baby!

Please do go over and like it. As it grows back to what it once was, you'll find updates, news, useful products, competitions and - of course - breastfeeding photos!

There'll be more articles on the blog soon, too.


Sunday, 22 February 2015

After a long hiatus...

I'm back!

That's right - the original Yummy Mummy of the Yummy Mummy's Breastfeeding Blog (that's me) is back after a long ol' break. I had planned to pass the blog over for a while, but that didn't really work out. So instead I return in a blaze of glory!! (Or something like that...)

Firstly, an update on me, since I do love talking about myself...

My little darling Pearl, who was but three months old when our breastfeeding in public journey began, is now the grand old age of two and a half! She chose to stop breastfeeding a week before she turned one. I have to admit, I do miss it, but the two of us are incredibly close and she is still the happiest little ray of sunshine you could meet.

But alas, I do not bring you any baby news of my own - Pearl is still my one and only. My husband and I have thought of having more children, but on the moment that's on hold for career reasons.

So why, I hear you ask, why the GLORIOUS return to the breastfeeding blog if you don't have any children to breastfeed? And the answer is simple... siblings! My sister, Gemma, has two children - Euan, aged 3, and Elijah, aged 6 months. Gemma has asked if she can write for the blog and of course, I said yes. She is eager to chronicle her adventure just as I have chronicled mine.

Pearl, Elijah and Euan
But not only that - my younger sister, Megan, is due to give birth any day now and has also expressed an interest in writing - or at least providing pictures - for the blog, though I'm not sure how much of that is down to me coercing her.

And if that wasn't enough (am I starting to sound like a bad advert...?) I also have a very good friend who has some booby stories to share, stories that I know will provide both inspiration and comfort to mothers who have struggled to breastfeed.

So it seems that I will be heading up a team of Yummy Mummies for now, and hey, if you have any pictures or stories to share, I am always eager to hear them. The mission remains the same - to normalise breastfeeding by putting it out there in the public sphere (and not hiding away in a corner like we should be ashamed of something, thank you very much Mr Nigel Farage), to help its acceptability and inspire mothers to do what they need to do for their children without fear of retribution by a condemning, judgemental public.

You can still email me at (sorry to all those whose emails I didn't respond to while I was gone...) and I have a new Facebook page here. Go go like!

Glad to be back!


Friday, 27 September 2013

Photo #20: Picnic in the park

Taken back in May, this photo shows me nursing Pearl at 8 months old in a park in Norwich one particularly warm day. At the time I was nearing the end of my maternity leave and was preoccupied with my return to work to post this picture, so I share it with you now instead. I think it's quite a pretty one.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Top 5 Places Where Breastfeeding is Forbidden

This morning I came across this article on social networking and journal site The Stir, where Mary Fischer details the top 5 places where she feels mothers should either avoid nursing or cover up whilst doing so. The main problems seem to be centred on other people's comfort; she doesn't like the idea of her young son seeing breasts, she doesn't like the idea of people who are eating seeing breasts, and she doesn't like the idea of pervy men seeing breasts. She even thinks that God shouldn't see breasts, and he's the one who created them.

(Interestingly, upon reading this article I came across a link to another journalistic treat from The Stir, entitled "Mom kicked out of pool for breastfeeding and she deserved it", which in turn contains a link to another article entitled "10 reasons I am dreading nursing my new baby". Hmm.)

So let's have a look at this top 5, shall we?

Number 1 - In the swimming pool
I admit, when I first heard the story of Stephanie Wilby and how she was ordered to get out of the pool to breastfeed her baby, I had some understanding of how other swimmers may have felt. Not about being exposed to breasts, but of the leaking of breast milk into the water. But then, after a post on my Facebook page from one of my followers (hm, that sounds a bit sinister, doesn't it?) I changed my opinion and ended up completely defending the woman on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff. After all, with all the babies and children - and even adults - who urinate in the pool, what harm does a little breast milk do? Babies find it much more difficult to keep warm than adults, so it is quite understandable when a mother does not wish to leave the warmth of the water to breastfeed her child. If nothing else it is a breach of her human rights to ask her to move, as the lifeguard did.

Number 2 - On a plane
Planes are full of perverts. Didn't you know that?

Number 3 - Kids' sporting events
Because children are also perverts, apparently.

Number 4 - Church
Uh... oops. Sorry God.

(Pearl's Christening, February 2013)

Number 4 - Restaurants
Oh, um... well, uh... this is awkward.

Carluccio's, Norwich

Gregg's bakers, Norwich

The Lamb Inn, Norwich

Jarrold's café, Norwich

Subway, Great Yarmouth

Sainsbury's café, Norwich

Bella Italia, Norwich

A café in Great Yarmouth

The Range café, Norwich

Monday, 13 May 2013

Photo #19: Walking in King's Lynn

 Sometimes you don't have much time on your hands. You might be in a rush to get to the bank before it closes, you might be late for a meeting because little one was being a bit uncooperative, or perhaps you need to get back to the car before your parking ticket expires?

As far as I can see, there doesn't seem to be much reason to allow breastfeeding to get in the way of your normal life. Of course, I enjoy taking my time and sitting in a café whilst I breastfeed - it gives me an excuse to buy cake! - but why not nurse on the move if you don't have the luxury of time? Pearl was happy to do so and she's still small enough for me to carry with ease, so that's exactly what I did whilst shopping in King's Lynn.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Review: Mamalicious Short-Sleeve Maternity & Nursing Top

Not so long ago a lovely lady named Lynn Hogg contacted me asking me to review some nursing wear from her range at the More 4 Mums website, and I was very happy to oblige! It's so hard to find decent nursing wear - almost nowhere on the high street sells it, so I have been much more successful buying online. 

The top I chose to sport and review was the Mamalicious Short-Sleeve Maternity & Nursing Top.

The top comes in a variety of lovely bright, summery colours, including this lovely yellow and a nice coral. The fabric is soft and kind on the skin, and at £14.99 you can't complain about price! One of the best things about this nursing top is that it doesn't look like a nursing top - its discreetness means it could just as easily be an every day item of clothing from any high street store. 

The nursing access is easy to get to and comfortable to use. The jersey fabric means that your shapely, womanly figure is perfectly framed, yet whereas this means you could proudly show off your bump whilst pregnant, I wouldn't recommend this top for nursing mums who are struggling to get rid of the dreaded baby bulge unless you buy 2 or 3 sizes above what you would normally get. Also consider your bust size - as a 32G I struggled to keep the seam below my breasts, where it is meant to sit, but anyone smaller than that should be fine. 

I sometimes find that tops are bit too short for me - I don't think I have a particularly long body, but a lot of tops are just never long enough for my liking; they ride up and reveal things that should remain hidden! However, this was not one of my worries when wearing this top. Probably because it doubles up as maternity wear, it's nice and long to cover up anything you would prefer to hide!

All in all, well worth the money.