Monday, 11 November 2013

Introducing the New Yummy Mummy!

You may have noticed that my posts have been a little sparse lately... the reason being that I only nurse Pearl once a day now - first thing in the morning - and this doesn't lend itself very well to the mission of breastfeeding in public!

It is for that reason that I feel I must step down as the Yummy Mummy of this blog and introduce some fresh blood, namely Lauren Porter.


Lauren has two children - Lukas, 3, and Zara, 15 months. She tells me that Zara is still breastfeeding on demand, which means she nurses all over the place. What better person do we need to take over this blog - someone who not only nurses everywhere all the time, but who nurses a 15 month old? With Lauren, maybe we can help remove the stigma of nursing an older child?

But let's not place too much pressure on her!

I have enjoyed being the Yummy Mummy, and I hope that you have enjoyed having me. I know that I have left the blog in good hands and I look forward to reading what Lauren puts out here. Maybe I will return every once in a while, perhaps if Ben and I decide to have another baby, but until then I must relinquish my control and bid you all a very fond farewell!



Happy breastfeeding!!

Claire 



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.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Photo #18: A café in Great Yarmouth

I'm sorry, I don't know the name of it. I feel that that's quite bad of me... It was a nice place, anyway. They had lovely homemade chicken soup!


Thursday, 25 April 2013