Sunday, 30 June 2013

Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths

There are so many breastfeeding myths that you hear, and you do sometimes wonder where on earth they come from!!

Here are just a few...

Myth 1: Frequent nursing leads to poor milk production, a weak let-down response and ultimately unsuccessful nursing.

Breastfeeding your baby is supply and demand, the more that you feed, the more milk you will produce

Myth 2: A mother only needs to nurse four to six times a day to maintain good milk supply.

Sometimes mums will nurse four to six times per day, other days she will nurse many more times than this, it depends on when baby needs a feed, especially around the times of growth spurts, where cluster feeding is very common and may feel like you have spent all day and night feeding!!

Myth 3: Babies get all the milk they need in the first five to ten minutes of nursing.
As my midwife always says, sometimes babies will want just a drink, other times they will want a three course meal, with coffe and mints to finish, there is no hard and fast rules on breastfeeding your baby, you just have to follow your instincts and listen to the little one.

Myth 4: Breastfeeding mothers must always use both breasts at each feeding.

Babies decide how much milk they require, sometimes one breast, sometimes two, on occasions they may return to the first one again, there really is no hard set rules, just go with the flow.

Myth 5: A mother must drink milk to make milk.

A mother can drink milk, to quench her thirst, or any other liquid refreshment, because you do get extremely thirsty whilst breastfeeding, and mums need to replace lost fluids, but it certainly doesn't have to be milk.

Myth 6: Mothers who hold their babies too much will spoil them.

Heard this so many times throughout my mothering years, mainly from the older generations that were told to put baby down and let them cry or leave them out in the fresh air. That baby has been inside you in a warm snug environment for nine months, coming out into the world must be a huge shock! I have held and cuddled all of my children lots and not one of them is a clingy shy child, they are all extremely independent and outgoing children.

I am sure there are lost more that you have heard, but these were just a few I have encountered.

For more posts why not visit

Circus Queen
Life, Love and Living with Boys
The Brick Castle
- In The Playroom

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Breastfeeding Beyond a Year - its your choice!

So, you had your baby, you learnt the art of breastfeeding, everything has been going well and before you know if your tiny little baby is growing up! When is the right time to stop breastfeeding ?

The World Health Organisation Global Strategy (2003) states

"Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond . Exclusive breastfeeding from birth is possible except for a few medical conditions, and unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding results in ample milk production.”

That may be their recommendation, but in reality we know that many peoples views do not agree with this.

I have never set a time for my breastfeeding journey to stop, it has always been a mutual decision between myself and my baby.

Each of my six children have made the decision themselves to stop, anywhere between 18 months and 22 months.

Although I did find towards the end with each one, I was only feeding at night or first thing in the morning, I tended not to feed them in public, I think I was slightly afraid of the reaction I would get, although this is wrong, and a personal choice, there is always someone out there ready to give a negative opinion.

Members of my own family would ask questions like "Are You STILL feeding ?" or "Isn't it about time they stopped doing that ?" which I ignored until each of my children made the decision themselves.

So, my advice to anyone feeding beyond a year, is, continue feeding for as long as YOU and YOUR BABY want to and ignore other people's opinions.

For more breastfeeding posts, have a look at these fab blogs

Milk Machine Mum

- Where Roots Flourish

Petit Mom

- Dummy Mummy

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Breastmilk Pumping Is Certainly a Difficult Skill!

Pumping, when I hear that word, I have visions of litres and litres of liquid gushing out, however when you put it with the word Breastmilk, it never seems to have that effect!!

I am not even going to try and calculate the amount of hours I have sat over the past fifteen years trying to squeeze, squash and pummel my boobs to get milk out, I am truly amazed how far a nipple can stretch inside a breastpump funnel!

Hand Expressing is even more hilarious, I have squirted my husband in the eye, covered the television screen and the poor babies have had more than their fair share of milk fountains!!

So, as you may have guessed, I am probably one of THE worlds worst expressers of breastmilk, not that I haven't tried every suggestion - warm bath, alternate, first feed of the day, last feed at night, in fact there probably isn't any method I haven't given a try to, but my little boobs are only ever successful with a baby attached to them!!

Which I found quite bizarre as I have the hugest milk supply when feeding, my entire bed is soaked through every night, I go through so may breast pads per day I reverted to washable ones, it was just the actual art of pumping, so I decided the only way I could collect milk was via non pumping methods, I started putting the plastic breast shells in my bra, and was amazed at how much I managed to collect, the only problem I found was having them in at night didn't work, I would collect the milk and whilst I was laying down would get a face full as it came out of the little spout!!

My advice is don't give up, there will be some weird and wacky way to collect your breastmilk, the trick is just to find out which way works for you!!

If you would like to read more amazing breastfeeding posts, head over to theses lovely blogs.

The Secret Life of Kate
Respectable Breast Spectable
Pobbing Along
Pea Musings
Natural Mamas

And all of the wonderful companies taking part providing fabulous prizes, especially Babasling, who are giving away two Slings one each on Hex Mum and Breast 4 Babies

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Finding Nemo Shampoo and Bubble Bath Review

Tyrus is just at the age where he is showing an interest in cartoons and Disney films, much to the glee of the other children, last week he was extremely impressed with Finding Nemo, so it seemed appropriate, when I was approached to see if I would like to test and review Finding Nemo Bubble Bath and Shampoo that I accept!!
However, if Eowyn had seen the Minnie Mouse choice, it could have been a war in the Morrison household!!

Both products are safe for new-borns and can be used every day. All are paediatrician approved and dermatalogically tested. Each is hypoallergenic and boasts a tear free formula.

Tyrus is at the stage of independence, meaning that he wants to do EVERYTHING himself, including eating his lunch and dinner! Needless to say he has been having quite a few baths and hairwashes lately, as a wet flannel simply won't do the job!!

So, what did he think...

 As you can see the Bubble Bath, certainly made the bath Bubbly!! That was only a little squirt into the running water, and Tyrus spent half the time, searching for his toys under the water...
The shampoo was quite thick meaning it didn't run all down the side of his head, but it was still quite easy to squeeze out of the bottle.
Both had a subtle fragrance that wasn't too strong.

Our verdict: Tyrus loved all of the bubbles and he wasn't bothered by the shampoo, even when we washed it off, there were no tears, so I am guessing the No Tears formula works!
They are both quite large bottles and for the RRP of £2.00 each I would say it is good value for money.

For more information on H & A products, visit their website at

Both the bubble bath and shampoo are available in Minnie Mouse, Thomas & friends and Finding Nemo in Sainsbury's stores from 16th june, they can be found in the baby aisle.

For more bathtime fun info, why not visit
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For a limited time, H&A is running a Try me, love me, money back guarantee on its brand new range of toddler toiletries. Simply pick up a pack featuring a special sticker in your local Sainsbury’s store, and give the products a go!

Positive Nursing In Public Experiences & Funny Breastfeeding Memories - Rugby Club Here We Come!!

Oooh Nursing in Public, that always gets a good reaction!

I have been breastfeeding on and off (more on than off) for the past fifteen years and two months - I have the teenager who towers above me to prove it!!

Throughout my many years of feeding, I have spent quite a large chunk of it feeding my babies whilst we are out and about, its very difficult to tell a toddler that they can't go to the park because their brother/sister needs feeding EVERY hour, so it really was just a case of feeding them wherever...

Park Benches are quite tame compared to my husbands Rugby Club, but that has been THE best and most relaxed place that I have ever found myself feeding..

Would you feed in front of this lot. It's really not that bad!!

I have been supporting my husband at his rugby club for nearly seventeen years, so have been part of the furniture really. 
On numerous occasions I have had to feed our little ones whilst showing my support and I have to say it has always been totally fine. I remember one day sitting to feed one of them (can't remember which one now!) and one of the rugby team came over to speak to me, as he approached, he realised that I was feeding, but they are so used to it, he wasn't phased at all, but announced in a rather loud voice "Stay back boys, Mandi has her boobs out again, give her some peace, nothing that we haven't all seen before" and with that walked back to the bar and waited until I had finished feeding before coming to hold a conversation.

So, there you have it, one of the places you thought may be a little embarrassing is in fact one of the easiest places to feed.

Funny breastfeeding memories usually involve squirting milk! I am still amazed at how far it can jet propel from your breast to cover everything in the vicinity....

To read more breastfeeding posts head over to

The Kermit Movement

Little Scribbles

- Sorry about the Mess

Dummy Mummy

- A Baby on Board

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Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt - Breastfeeding Support

When I began my breastfeeding journey over fifteen years ago, the level of information and support was very limited. I attended a breastfeeding workshop, which was a two hour group session with my midwife, who happened to be the breastfeeding expert in our area.

I knew that I wanted to breastfeed and was adamant that I would, regardless, I never bought any bottles, or a steriliser. I am one of those people that needs to know as much information as I can about a subject beforehand, so I went to the local library and found as many books as I could about childbirth and breastfeeding, and spent the pregnancy reading them all.

Many things have changed over the last fifteen years, and the level of support and information about breastfeeding has increased quite significantly.
When Tyrus was born two years ago I was offered a telephone call from the local breastfeeding team, however I felt quite well equipped to deal with my sixth, but it was nice to know if I did have any problems that someone was at the end of a telephone.

The breastfeeding team consists of a group of trained breastfeeding practitioners who are always on hand to answer any questions or queries, they arrange visits to see new breastfeeding mums and their babies, if ever there is a problem someone is always available to help. They also have a  number of voluntary peer supporters who work alongside them.

My lovely purple tunic!

As the months went by, I made the decision that I had been very fortunate with my breastfeeding journey, although I knew many that hadn't and as it is something I am very passionate about, I enquired about using my knowledge and experience to help others.
In March 2012 I undertook a two day UNICEF training course to become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter.

The area that I am in is Great Yarmouth & Waveney, and the group of supporters that we have are just fab.

Below is a little bit about us :

Breast Friends are a dedicated group of peer supporters, trained in Breastfeeding Management by the UNICEF trained NHS East Coast Community Healthcare Breastfeeding Team.

We are all mothers with personal experience of breastfeeding who come from a variety of backgrounds with very different experiences of our breastfeeding journey.

We are always available at the local Baby Cafes to support mums before and during their breastfeeding experience.

You will also find us offering help and advice at the local hospital, on the maternity ward, delivery suite and Special Care Baby unit.

I love visiting the Baby Cafe and spending time with the new mums and their bundles of joy, and love helping in any way I can. I also help to run a breastfeeding workshop once a month to provide information for mums to be and their partners, very much like the original one I attended and also with the same midwife that supported me all those years ago, so I know they are being given the best support. I am also on the postnatal ward every Monday morning, helping new mums with any breastfeeding problems or queries or just to offer support.

I adore being a Peer Supporter and once this little bundle is born I shall definitely look to doing this as a full time career.

Who did you go to for support and how did they help you with your breastfeeding ?

For more fab breastfeeding posts head over to 

My Thoughts on Things

Mixed Bag of All Sorts

Life With The Pink Princesses

- Life Happens So Smile

Seven Year Hitch

And not forgetting the fabulous companies that are providing fabulous prizes, including Breastmilk Keepsakes

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ravensburger Puzzle Club - What If ?

As part of the Ravensburger Puzzle Club we were sent A What If ? Puzzle, to start with I looked at it and thought it was going to be super easy to do, it had bold bright colours and quite a straight forward picture, that was, until you actually read the box and that wasn't the picture at all!!

The actual puzzle was What if Jim had lost his lottery ticket, what the consequences might be...which posed slightly more of a challenge as you had no idea what the picture was going to be.
I started as always do, by finding the outside edge, which was surprisingly easy as there were lots of different coloured pieces to match together.

The puzzle itself was actually not very difficult, it was quite a simple picture, with not too complicated details, the finished puzzle.....

Don't be silly I am not going to give you the solution, you will just have to figure it our for yourselves!!

Top Ten Breastfeeding Tips from a mummy of six

As a mummy of six children, seventh on the way, who have all been breastfed until 18-22 months, I have spent quite a long time doing this feeding lark, so here are my top tips

1. Take each feed a step at a time.
The recommended time to exclusively breastfeed is six months, but when you first start that can seem like an awful long time, so if you find yourself struggling, just take one feed at a time, every one will be different so just take it slowly.

2. Ignore The Ignorant.
You will at some point, come across people that have negative views or feelings about breastfeeding, my top tip is to IGNORE THEM, you are giving your baby THE best start in life and no-one can take that away from you.

3. Involve Daddy.
Your husband/partner cannot physically breastfeed your baby but he can be involved, give him the very important job of ensuring that YOU are looked after during this time, supplying you with food and drink as required.

4. Tell Yourself How Great You Are.
Even if you don't look or feel great, what you are doing for your baby is AMAZING, providing them with everything they need, YOU ROCK!

5. Talk To Others In The Same Situation.
There are lots of support groups and Baby Cafes available for you to go along to and meet other breastfeeding mummies, our local one is fabulous and we sit and drink tea and there is always cake!!

6. Gadgets are not essential
When you begin breastfeeding at the beginning, you will notice there are many different lotions and potions, pumps and pads available, these may be useful later on in the breastfeeding journey, but at the beginning all you really need is baby and boobs. The actual breastmilk is fabulous for putting on your nipples after a feed, you can express enough milk needed for baby just by hand expression - remember their tummies are only the size of a marble when they are born.

7. Follow Your Instincts.
You and your baby have a very close bond and you should always follow your own instincts and not be influenced by outside advice, I don't know how many times I have been told, to stop picking the baby up, or you will make a rod for your own back!! The truth is, that little bundle has been snuggled up inside your tummy for the last nine months, listening to your heartbeat, when he or she enters the world it is a big change, so they feel safest when near to you, which is why breastfeeding is the perfect way to feed your baby, all snuggled up together.

8. Try Different Positions.
All babies are different, what works for one, may not work for another, breastfeeding to start with is a learning journey for you both, working together to find out which is the most comfortable and successful position for feeding, some will be cradled in your arm, others will prefer the rugby ball hold, as my midwife told me, whatever works, if it means hanging from the ceiling and it works for you, then fine!

9. Follow Baby's lead.
This tiny little bundle is fantastic he or she will know when their tummy is empty and when they need a refill, they don't have in built clocks or feeding schedules, but they just know, so watch for their cues, if they start to sniff and lick their lips, they begin rooting or sucking their fist, their little eyes begin to flicker, this is their very clever way of telling you, its time for more food.

10.Every Baby Is Different.
Each of my breastfeeding journeys have been unique, no two babies have fed the same or had the same routine, some would feed for a long time with hours in between, others would snack little and often, just as we are each individuals with our own  personalities and requirements, so too are these little bundles of joy. 

I hope you have found these tips interesting and you can relate to them, and Good luck with your Breastfeeding Journey xxx

If you would like to read more amazing breastfeeding posts, head over to theses lovely blogs.

- The Secret Life of Kate
Respectable Breast Spectable
Pobbing Along
Pea Musings
Natural Mamas

And all of the wonderful companies taking part providing fabulous prizes, especially Babasling, who are giving away two Slings one each on Hex Mum and Breast 4 Babies

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Breastfeeding, Slings and BabaSling Giveaway.

Throughout my very long breastfeeding journey, there has always been one constant, the need to feed and at the same time have my hands free to make dinner, read a book with the toddler or help with an older child's homework!

Even if I am not feeding , the baby always seems to only settle when being held, which was easy with baby number one, but became extremely difficult when numbers 2,3,4,5 and 6 came along!

Research has shown, that holding our babies until they’re ready to be let go is the most natural way to parent healthy children. 

Babywearing isn’t just about the freedom it gives you to go about your day, it’s about the stimulation, security and bond babies benefit from by being held close to their parents

I love wearing my babies in a sling and it gives me more freedom to do other things, slings are also great when out walking or on the school run, without the hassle of getting the pram in and out of the Car.

Breastfeeding and Slings

Breastfeeding whilst baby is in the sling, is definitely more advanced baby wearing, and will probably require some practice. When first learning to feed in the sling, it may be worth sitting down to ensure that the positioning is correct and comfortable for both mum and baby, once you become confident with this, then you can stand up and move around, going about your everyday life, whilst feeding baby.

One of the slings that is ideal for breastfeeding is the Babasling.

    • Designed to carry babies and toddlers (0-2yr+ / 7.7lbs-33lbs / 3.5kg – 15kg)
    • Five different carrying positions
    • Breastfeed discreetly in two positions 
    • One size fits all, adjusts in seconds
    • Made from 100% cotton that is both durable and breathable
    • Tested to safety standard BS EN 13209-2:2005 Soft Carriers
    • Lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.

    The wonderful People at Babasling are offering one lucky person the chance to win a sling of their choice from the website.

    To be in with a chance of winning a fabulous Babasling:

    - Head over to The Babasling website and browse all of their amazing slings, then comment below which is your favourite style and colour.

    For extra entries you can :

    - Follow Babasling on facebook and leave them the message "Keeping Britain Breastfeeding with Hex Mum"

    -Follow Babasling on Twitter and tweet "Keep Britain Breastfeeding with @Hex_Mum"

    - Follow @Hex_Mum on twitter

    - Follow Hex Mum on facebook

    Make a separate comment below for each entry

    Closing Date : 7th July 2013

    To double your chance of winning a Babasling, why not head over to Breast 4 Babies and enter their competition.

    Monday, 24 June 2013

    Walk The Walk - Uniting Against Breast Cancer. SunWalk on Sunday 30th June

    Welcome to the fun and crazy world of The SunWalk London, organised by grant-making breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.  But this is not just another walk in the park!

    On Sunday 30th June 2013, London’s Battersea Park will host a unique and wonderful cocktail of 3 amazing walking challenges, live stage music, circus sideshows, stalls, dancing, delicious food, stilt walkers, clowns and escapades and experiences for all. 
    There’ll be plenty of entertainment for the children, including popular Children’s TV Stars Andy and Sid, who will be holding their own unique show!  Stars from Strictly Come Dancing will also be hosting three exclusive “Dance the Dance” workshops, with the chance to get up close and personal and meet the dancers afterwards. Join Anton and Erin, Darren and Lillia, and Matt and Nicole for an unforgettable experience! Tickets for Andy and Sid’s shows, and for Dance the Dance are available at or on 01483 741430.

    For the whole family, there’ll also be free live music in the park from X-factor star Misha B, chart-topping band Sam and the Womp, singer/songwriter Sam Gray and the Urban Voices Collective, the singing group famous for performing at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. 

    There is free entry into SunWalk City all day. But if you really want to do something to make your day extra special, sign up now for one of the three Power Walking challenges - a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon. You are not only going to have a day of experiences and visual delight, but you’ll be getting fitter, reaching your own goal, and raising money and awareness for breast cancer. 
    The whole family can take part, with a Power Walking challenge for every ability and as always all Walkers over the age of 13 will wear the Walk the Walk trademark of brightly decorated bras – with this year’s Circus theme, there promises to be some wild and wonderful creations!  

    Walk the Walk has raised in excess of £86 million for vital breast cancer causes, since it launched 17 years ago, with money granted for research into breast cancer and to help improve the lives of those with cancer now. 

    Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk The Walk said:
    The SunWalk is going to be the most exciting day, not only do we have our 3 fantastic challenges, all day music from live bands including Sam and the Womp and Misha personal favourite is the exclusive opportunity to learn to Dance the Dance with some of the country’s favourite dance stars from Strictly - imagine learning to  Jive, Tango or Salsa with these stars of the dance floor.  Meanwhile our younger visitors can meet the much loved Children’s TV stars Andy and Sid for their BIG party, while the rest of us can get into learning circus skills, enjoying all the attractions or just sitting back with great food and enjoying the atmosphere. It is just a fun magical day ...and best of all it is going to achieve so much for all those with cancer. You will just have to come and find out for yourself”!

    Gaby Roslin, Radio presenter on BBC London 94.9 said:
    "The SunWalk is such a family affair and the fact that we can all do the walk, together, as a family and raise money for such an incredible charity, means we wouldn't miss it for the world. As a patron of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, to whom Walk the Walk has granted over £18 million, I feel overwhelmed on the day, seeing all those women and children who are there to raise money too, because someone they know had or has cancer. Nina is an inspiration, what an amazing woman. I feel blessed to know her and to be a part of this".

    Sunday, 23 June 2013

    Eowyn and Tyrus Get Busy ! Kids Grow Wild

    Since we moved to our Farm Cottage six years ago, the children spend many hours outdoors.
    One of their hobbies is gardening, they love helping daddy and mummy (when she isn't heavily pregnant) grow fruit, vegetables and herbs and plant various flowers and shrubs throughout the garden.

    This year we have planted six hanging baskets, upgraded the children's flower garden and are currently growing some new strawberry plants to replenish the strawberry patch, some tomatoes as they are so much tastier home grown and some Chillies for Daddy.

    Eowyn loves to be outside in the garden, lending a hand, although she does tend to get very muddy and dirty during the task, today she has had five changes of clothes! But she loves it.

    Today she has been helping weed the flower garden, using her lovely new gardening set.

    Tyrus is just getting to the age where he `tries' to be helpful, today he has been learning how to use the watering can!!

    I will update you on the gardening projects later in the summer, when we may have had some sunshine!!

    This post is an entry for BritMums' #KidsGrowWild Challenge

    Keep Britain Breastfeeding 2013 - The Benefits of Breastfeeding

    My first post for Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2013 is all about the Benefits, not just for baby for for Mummy too!

    If you saw an advert on television for a 'super' product that could - 

    protect your baby against ear and chest infections, lower the risk of Diabetes , give them less chance of allergies, better mental development and mouth formation, straighter teeth and prolongs their natural immunity, firstly you wouldn't believe the advert, secondly if it did exist that it would cost a fortune...

    But the truth is, there is such a wonder liquid, and it is COMPLETELY FREE.

    Breastmilk is actually able to do all of that, and more, it is readily available for your baby, 24 hours a day, on demand, without any need for extra equipment or safety instructions, literally there on tap.

    Likewise, if you saw an advert for mums that could lower the risk of ovarian cancer, pre or post menopausal breast cancer and give you stronger bones later in life, you would rush out and buy it immediately, but you don't have to because you as a mum produce it yourself and provide for your little bundle.


    I have breastfed all of my children up until 18-24 months, with number seven on the way I shall definitely be doing the same.

    Not only does breastmilk provide all of the above, but it tailor made just for your baby, like nothing else, it doesn't have to be mixed with anything, it is at the right temperature and consistency, no extra equipment is needed, just you, your baby and an pair of boobs 
    (well maybe a good nursing bra and breastpads, if you are anything like me, I seem to have enough milk to feed the entire population!! and breast milk has a tendency to squirt out at many different angles!!)

    It also helps mums to lose their baby weight quicker and doesn't cost a penny, think how many pretty outfits you can buy for baby with all the money that you are saving.

    If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding, I would say Go for It! At least give it a try, it has so many benefits, for both you and baby, try to set yourself little goals, one breastfeed at a time.

    If you would like to read some more fabulous breastfeeding posts, take a look at these wonderful blogs

    Tigerlilly Quinn
    The Princess Poets Life Adventures
    The Mummy Adventure
    Smiling Like Sunshine
    Simply Hayley

    And not forgetting all of the lovely companies that have given faberoony prizes for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2013, as well as loads of other giveaways on loads of different blogs, check out the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt facebook page for regular updates.

    The fabulous Melissa at Thrupenny Bits has provided a Breastfeeding Pillow for the Grand Prize Draw, we absolutely love her Pillows, since reviewing one when Tyrus was a baby, you can find it here.

    And the wonderful Debbie at Rayne Beau Boos is running a competition to win a gorgeous Boobie Beanie hat with earflaps, details can be found here

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    Rayne Beau Boos Giveaway - Keep Britain Breastfeeding 2013

    The fabulous Rayne Beau Boos have kindly donated to the Grand Prize a Boobie Beanie and Matching Stuffed Boobie with £5 to spend at their store, which is wonderful, but not only that, they are running another fab competition to win a Boobie Beanie with Earflaps, which is just adorable, to be in with a chance of winning this hat, head over and enter a very simple question here.

    Good Luck xxx

    Wednesday, 19 June 2013

    I'm Going to Brit Mums!

    See you at BritMums Live! 2013

    Name: Mandi - My `proper' name is Amanda, but only my  mum calls me that when she is cross!!
    BlogHex Mum all about the family,  Breast 4 Babies for my peer supporting (although very neglected - lots of posts due for Breastfeeding week) and our very new family travel blog, with my wonderful husband Big Family Little Adventures
    Twitter ID@Hex_Mum    @Breast4Babies    @BigFamilies
    Height: 5ft 2 inches 
    Hair: Shoulder length Red - I had it cut today!
    Eyes: Some days Hazel, others really Green, especially when I cry!
    Is this your first blogging conference?
    Yes, and I can't wait, although quite nervous!
    Are you attending both days?
    Definitely, a night away from six children!! (Only joking and I am sure my husband will amuse them all)
    What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2013?
    Meeting lots of bloggers that I have been chatting virtually with for the last two years and hoping to improve my little blog!

    What are you wearing?
    Haha, well I thought I had it sorted, I have a lovely T-Shirt and necklace from my Sponsor, Teething Bling so I thought just a nice pair of comfy maternity trousers, then maybe if the weather is nice a Pretty Dress, as this baby is making me extremely hot. However on trying various pairs of trousers yesterday I could not find a pair to fit, so thank goodness for asos and next day delivery, I shall know what I am wearing sometime tomorrow!!
    What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2013?
    I want to attend the workshops and really get to grips with the parts of my blog I am not too sure about and put lots of faces to Blog Names.
    Tell us one thing about you that not everyone knows
    When I was 13 I got hit by a car, I was OK after a week in hospital, but when the temperature is below 4 degrees all of my scars are visible!! As the weather is going to be brilliant sunshine you won't get to see them this time

    Taken at the Rugby Ball last weekend, I don't like photos!!