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Ask Aunty Lactivist – Mixed Feeds

Aunty Lactivist is all of us, people with experience or ideas that might help, or even words of support can mean a lot to someone having breastfeeding problems – please add any helpful ideas to the comments. My 21week old is mix-fed; breastfed at 7am,11am &7pm, and formula fed at 3pm &11pm. I would now like to cut back to 2 breastfeeds per day (have a 2year old keeping me pretty busy too and feeling run down), but is it ok to substitute the 11am feed for formula, and how do I know with how much? I give 7oz formula at 3pm & 8oz at 11pm, but feel like I’m guessing a little? Will my supply be ok if I only feed at 7am &7pm? I EBF my 1st baby til 10months so never had to figure out formula feeds, and feel a bit clueless now and don’t want no.2 missing out, but I’m just not able to EBF with toddler too. Any practical advice...

Love Your Boobies!

Breasts are amazing. Full stop. No matter the shape, size, or colour, they all play an important role nourishing our babies. But do we all give them the respect that they deserve? How many of us are guilty of squeezing them into that push-up bra? Or lathering on deodorant without giving a single thought as to what we’re actually putting onto our skin? I know I am. Here are 7 Amazing Things to Know About Breasts from the lovely Kara, to encourage you to love your boobies: Breasts want freedom. Bras restrict the movement of lymphatic fluid through the breasts, underarm, and shoulders, thus causing toxins to build up in the breast tissue. Underwire bras are the worst culprit, as the metal also can disrupt the energy flow through the breast area. A recent French study has shown that women who don’t wear bras actually have perkier breasts even as they age. Exercising, dance, and rebounding without a bra also allows the body’s movements to support lymphatic flow and proper drainage of the breasts. The natural movement of the breasts as the body exercises and moves is another essential component to lymphatic health in the breasts. Breasts need massage. There is no muscle tissue in a women’s breasts, so breasts need assistance to enhance circulation through the breast. A woman’s breasts are mostly fat tissue along with milk ducts, connective tissue, nerves, and lymph glands. Self breast massage is an important regular practice for women to support their blood and lymph circulation and reduce build-up of toxins and hormones in the fatty tissue of the breasts. Massage your breasts...

Ask Aunty Lactivist – Nursing to Sleep

Aunty Lactivist is all of us, people with experience or ideas that might help, or even words of support can mean a lot to someone having breastfeeding problems – please add any helpful ideas to the comments. Hi, I have gotten into the habit of feeding my 10 week old little girl lay down in bed. We co sleep, so this is how she falls asleep. I conscious that I am creating a rod for my own back doing this, (despite loving it!), as it is getting to the point where this is the only way she will settle at bedtime. Could any other mums offer their experience/advice on this please ? I have also trialled expressing and giving her a bottle so I am able to go to the gym a couple of times a week, but she won’t take it from a bottle ( have tried different brands and also a spoon & cup) but nothing seems to please her except feeding from my breast. Is it just a matter of keep...

Ask Aunty Lactivist – He’s Sucking the Life out of Me!

Aunty Lactivist is all of us, people with experience or ideas that might help, or even words of support can mean a lot to someone having breastfeeding problems – please add any helpful ideas to the comments. Hello, I wonder if any mummies can help? My boy is an enthusiastic breast feeder, who is nearly eight months. We’re mostly doing baby led weaning, which has up and down days, sometimes he’ll eat a lot, sometimes he won’t. He has water from a sippy cup, and I’m trying to get him to have a bit of formula from a cup, which he’ll take occasionally if he’s in the mood, but if he’s upset or tired, only boob will do. All this is fine for him, but I’ve just been diagnosed with a skin condition that the Gp thinks is due to me being run down due to breast feeding and lack of sleep. He still feeds a couple of time at night, and genuinely does seem hungry. I’m going back to work in a few weeks and need him to take more milk from a bottle and hopefully wake up less at night. Does anyone have any tips in terms of getting kids to take more milk from a bottle or supplements I can take? I don’t want to give up breastfeeding but I do need to shake off this condition and regain some energy as I just feel a bit like he’s sucking the life out of...

Closing down at www.lactivist.co.uk and new life for lactivist.net

I started www.lactivist.co.uk 10 years ago when my son was tiny. He is 10 now and breastfeeding seems a million years ago. Over the 10 years Lactivist has built up into a small empire and expanded into a thriving Facebook group and a blog stuffed full of information. It’s time for me to move on and start new things. I’m focusing on my graphic design work at www.nakedwebsite.co.uk and you can see my personal blog with some crafty things to buy at www.ragbaby.co.uk. Originally I had thought to sell the whole Lactivist empire but for various reasons that hasn’t worked out so I’m closing down at www.lactivist.co.uk – there are huge reductions through the store and you can use the code autumn2013 to get a further 30% off anything, even if it’s already reduced. You will be able to get Lactivist designs from Cafe Press and Zazzle in many different sizes and variations when everything is sold out here. www.zazzle.co.uk/lactivist www.cafepress.com/lactivistworld The future of the blog at www.lactivist.net is now safely in the hands of Lucy Lactivist, who is a breastfeeding mum and a web designer. She has already started to add some more to the amazing resource that is Ask Aunty Lactivist. I’m really excited about the breath of fresh air she will bring and you have no idea how pleased I am that Lactivist.net will continue. I will never be able to express the thanks and gratitude I have for the outstanding admins on the Facebook group who are are doing a totally wonderful job, making sure that posts get seen and questions get answered and ensuring...

Ask Aunty Lactivist – How do you Solve a Messy Feeder?

Aunty Lactivist is all of us, people with experience or ideas that might help, or even words of support can mean a lot to someone having breastfeeding problems – please add any helpful ideas to the comments. Dear Aunty Lactivist How do you solve a messy feeder?…my 2 month old feeds lovely buy he is so messy I end up covered in milk by the time he’s finished…I’ve tried using a muslin under him to catch the spill but I still end up soaked…any miracle solution? These are some responses from the Lactivist Facebook page: Maybe try a different position?? Or prop him up on a feeding cushion?? Maybe he’s not getting a good seal. Or try unblocking his nose he might be struggling to breathe and try to feed and get air at the same time. Wellies? Sorry not much advice here, mine was the same. Rolled up hand towel? Try a laid back nursing position. If u feel he is latched well and staying latched then the mess must be due to a forceful letdown/fast flow. Letting him be on top or vertically above your breast will allow him to have a little more control over flow!! Good luck and let me know if u find this helpful or any extra details to help me help u! Yeah milk pretty much soaks muslin instantly if you’ve got a messy feeder. I used to tuck a terry towel cloth underneath my boob and that would catch most if not all of the mess! x I had the same and did this and found as my supply settled around...

lactivist.net is turning over a new leaf!

Just want to say a quick hello! I’m Lucy, I’ll be (with help from the admin team!) taking over www.lactivist.net from Lisa. I’m a web designer by trade, but my main job is muma to my 11 month old son Gregory. I’m sure I’ll share my breastfeeding journey so far at some point! I have a few plans in the pipeline for the website, so if there’s anything you would like to see more of, less of or anything completely new, please let me know and I will try my best! Don’t forget to grab those last few pieces of gorgeous merchandise over at www.lactivist.co.uk and use autumn2013 to get an extra 30% off!! There’s not much left...

Finding the Perfect Maternity and Nursing Bra with BoobieMilk

BoobieMilk are wonderful Lactivist sponsors and experts in the world of nursing bras. This is written by Karen of BoobieMilk. Why is it important to wear the correct bra size during pregnancy and breastfeeding? Your breast tissue develops and you build up fat stores for nursing throughout pregnancy, and your breasts can grow 1 or more cup sizes, while also becoming a lot heavier with the addition of milk.  Wearing a bra that provides enough support can help prevent stretch marks, sagging and back ache.  Wearing the wrong size or style can lead to discomfort and plugged ducts. What bras are available during pregnancy and breastfeeding? Wired Bras – not usually recommended for pregnancy and the first month of breastfeeding because of the risk of damage, discomfort and possibly plugged ducts from the frequent breast size changes.  The new Gelwire nursing bra from Carriwell provides great support without the metal wire along with the flexibility of a seamless transitional cup. Maternity Bras – These are typically designed for pregnancy only and have no wires. Seamless/Transitional Nursing Bras – provide the same non-wired comfort as a maternity bra but can be used after birth for easy access nursing.  They usually come in a small number of sizes and fit a range of cup sizes which makes them especially ideal for all the changes your body goes through.  A great value as they can last throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Styles can be found from Emma-Jane, Carriwell, Hotmilk and Bravado starting at just £10. Sized bras – There are some really pretty and even sexy nursing bras available that are sized, but...

Giveaway – Tickets for the Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show 11th -13th Oct

a Rafflecopter giveaway BoobieMilk will be fitting and selling nursing bras and vests from Hotmilk, Emma-Jane and Carriwell including the new GelWire nursing bra at the Baby and Toddler Show at Glow, Bluewater October 11th-13th.  Prices start at just £10 and sizes will be availabe up to 42H for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Pre-book your appointment and save 15% on your BoobieMilk purchase at the show by emailing Karen at karen.mccully@gmail.com This year BoobieMilk will be joined by Thrupenny Bits who will be bringing their fabulously versatile breastfeeding pillows that are comfortable, portable and can be used as a great bag when you’ve finished breastfeeding. There are 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs that can be used on any of the three days. Friday 11th 9:30-4:30pm, Saturday 12th 9:30-5pm, Sunday 10-5pm If you don’t win you can still Save £10 by booking 2 tickets for £20 or 2 VIP tickets for £40 by using code BBW26   BoobieMilk – http://boobiemilk.co.uk/product/178/carriwell-seamless-gelwiretm-nursing-bra.html Thrupenny Bits – http://thrupennybits.co.uk/ Baby & Toddler Show – http://babyandtoddlershow.seetickets.com/tour/baby-toddler-show-at-glow The winners will be emailed a code to use on the website for the free...

Big Bristol Breastfeed – Saturday, 7 September 2013

Saturday, 7 September 2013 11:00 until 14:00 College Green Bristol The Big Bristol Breastfeed is back for the 3rd year. Bring the family and a picnic and help us to celebrate breastfeeding. Trained breastfeeding peer supporters will be available throughout to offer information and support to...

2 great books for parents of special needs kids

Antonia Chitty, of Family Friendly Working (fantastic Lactivist Sponsors) has 2 new books out at the end of August 2013 specifically for parents of special needs kids. I wish I’d had the first book a few years ago when I dragged myself through the insanely complex statementing process for my son. The Journey Through Assessment: Help for Parents with a Special Needs Child is compiled after extensive research and interviews with parents, it will help you navigate the processes necessary to gain access to the care that your child needs. Discover what might happen during the process, and get practical tips from experts, plus read what has worked for other parents in similar situations so you feel less stressed, less isolated and are more able to help your child on the journey through assessment. The second book is Food and Your Special Needs Child  – Children with special needs and disabilities may have accompanying issues with food and eating. This practical guide for parents will help navigate this often difficult terrain. In typically developing children, eating problems are relatively common, affecting 20 – 40% of children. In children with special educational needs and disabilities, eating problems can be even more common; they can be severe and can take many different forms. Anyone who has a child between the ages of two and nineteen with an additional need and a food or eating difficulty will find this book useful. Discover the origins of how we eat, and get practical tips from experts, plus read what has worked for other parents in similar situations.   You can pre-order the books through...

Are you the right person to run the Lactivist empire?

The Lactivist empire is for sale. Lactivist has a terrific potential for growth and profit but I’m not the best person to take it to the next level, it needs to be run by someone with fresh energy. You might looking for an opportunity to work from home and around the needs of your family. You might be looking to add a new product line to your established business. You might want to give their shop a head start by acquiring an extensive and loyal customer base. You might be looking for extensive content and intellectual property relevant to young mothers. If you enjoy being in the public eye there are always plenty of media requests and in the years I have run it I have had invitations to speak on Radio 4. I have spoken on Radio 2, numerous local radio stations, the BBC World Service and there has been plenty of coverage in the Guardian, the Daily Mail and several local papers. It’s the perfect business to run from home, has huge scope for expansion and comes with a lot of goodwill, faithful customers and fans and has a very good reputation for integrity and quality. It needs someone with a passion for breastfeeding who can take it to the next level. I am selling: Website on Zen cart with existing customers and 60 items of stock set up, dropshipping arrangements set up with products not held in stock, 1000 newsletter subscribers – www.lactivist.co.uk Stock of t-shirts, bags, hats and mugs (approx 3k) WordPress blog www.lactivist.net around 10,000 views a month, over 1000 published posts. Income from...

5 Powerful Reasons to use Herbs in Pregnancy – from Welcome World

Welcome World are Lactivist sponsors, they help keep the site alive and well by paying to advertise. They have a wonderful website, crammed with useful information, herbal teas to support pregnancy, breastfeeding and more to buy, and very gentle cafe space where you can ask Master Herbalist Amanda questions. They also offer superb courses: The Home Herbalist Apprentice Study Course and if you are interested in becoming a Doula the Professional Antenatal Training Course would be just the thing for you. The article about herbs is written by Amanda herself. Five powerful reasons to embrace herbs in pregnancy   For many years I have had the good fortune to work as a herbal practitioner within the wonderful arena of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Over the past couple of years, I have committed to keeping the long and rich herbal legacy of using herbal remedies during this wonderful fruitful period in a woman’s life alive and well.   I sometimes hear from doulas, midwives and other practitioners that they feel drawn to work with plants and yet there are few practitioners with direct experience in this field. Often in herbal courses and trainings, the herbal medicine bag for mother and baby is very limited.   Yet for centuries, herbal teas have been used safely and effectively for all aspects of mothering wellbeing and healing. Here are a few reasons why.   1. Herbal answers are as diverse as we are Herbal knowledge often combines lifestyle approaches as well as particular teas to nourish and nurture both mother and baby.   You might offer a tea to aid a physical discomfort...

It’s Important to notice Growth Spurts – by Bec Fawcett-Howitt

Growth spurts are really really obvious in breastfed children, to others that is! A friend will notice ‘oh, s/he’s feeding a lot, maybe you should give a dummy or a bottle of formula’ and so on. This is poor advice and comes from people who don’t understand Growth Spurts or breastfeeding. It’s not their fault though, they just don’t know otherwise cause no one tells them, or you for that matter. Growth spurts seem to be the big secret that shalt never be discussed with breastfeeding mums. Don’t know why because it is important. There are several growth spurts throughout the first year. 7-10 days is one. Looks like baby isn’t getting enough sets mum into a panic, it’s normal baby is just increasing milk supply. 5-10 weeks. this can happen earlier and again, looks like baby isn’t getting enough, breasts now start to feel ’empty’. to get through them, feed! 16-19 weeks. This is the BIG 4 months growth spurt, the one where the dread of not satisfying your child and the feeling of failure washes over you like a tsunami. This one can last a while, weeks sometimes. A lot of mums (inc me) question milk supply and wonder if solids need to be introduced. This can be a toughie of a growth spurt but it is well worth sticking through it and just feeding as and when baby needs, even at 3am and then 5am. Around the 6 month mark is another one, not as bad as the 4 month one and a little easier to detect because of your experiences of the 4 month one....

Lactivist is leaving the new Royal baby alone.

The flood gates of criticism have already descended on upon the parenting of the new Royal baby. Lactivist will not be involved in this type of judgement.We wish to congratulate the Duke and Duchess on their new arrival and hope they enjoy this wonderful new chapter of...

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