The Christmas nursing top of dreams from Stylish Mum!

The Christmas nursing top of dreams from Stylish Mum!

Everything about this Christmas top is so beautiful. Let’s start with the print design!
It’s a sweet little print or a mother and baby intertwined into a traditional Christmas fairisle print! Which is so unique, and very cute, and even cuter on the small baby sized top!

The colour, now have you ever seen any colour more Christmassy? Nothing screams Christmas to me than all the bright red colours! I absolutely love it. I’ve never owned anything this colour in my wardrobe before, now I have this I think it’s given me the confidence to buy some more items this colour too.

The fit of the top is perfect, and true to size for both mama and infant. It’s material is super thick! (Just what you want on cold winter days).

The nursing flap is placed amazingly on the top, and underneath is a wrap style top. This is amazing because it makes it easy for you to adjust yourself and baby when you’re ready to feed, and you can be as discreet as you like! (And also keep yourself warm without having to reveal your skin too much).

I try to match my outfits to my children as much as I can, so My most favourite thing about the top is that I can match with my baby throughout the christmas period!
Yay!✨

Thank you Stylish mum for providing these amazing tops!!

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Zoe’s Breastfeeding Journey – My premature baby , exclusively expressing and breastfeeding!

Zoe’s Breastfeeding Journey – My premature baby , exclusively expressing and breastfeeding!

Being Prepared

My breast feeding journey with Leo and Rosie have taken 2 complete different directions! With Rosie, she was your typical, textbook newborn. Within minutes of being born, she latched on and had an amazing 1st feed. Leo however didn’t. Being born slightly prematurely, he didn’t know how to latch. In this blog I’m going to talk you through our journeys so far! I have always had a positive attitude to ‘fed is best’ when it comes to babies, I had brought loads of bottles, breast pumps, a steriliser, nipple shields… you name it! I was prepared for a breast fed or a formula fed baby! What I wasn’t expecting was an exclusively expressed breast fed baby! I didn’t even know that was a ‘thing’! During antenatal appointments, midwives never talked about exclusively expressing milk, they talked about formula feeding and breast feeding. Thankfully during our 3 week hospital stay with Leo, the midwives supported and educated me about expressing!

Things did not go as expected….

Being diagnosed with preeclampsia at 34/35 weeks pregnant with Leo was a super scary time for me. I couldn’t wait for him to arrive, but getting my head around the fact that I will be a mum to a teeny baby any day, weeks early was horrible. I just wanted to put the breaks on, but my placenta was failing so he needed to come early! The midwives warned me of the complications that could of occurred with his temperature, breathing etc, but they never warned me about feeding complications! Whilst in hospital Leo wasn’t able to latch properly, partly due to him having such bad jaundice he was under lights for a week. Every time I’d take him out to feed him, I’d be battling to try and feed him for an hour. His jaundice levels where getting worse and his temperature kept dropping. A midwife came over and offered me a bottle of donated breast milk. She sat and fed Leo this tiny bottle of milk with a special premature teat and he drank it straight away! (I’ve kept the teat and bottle, obviously cleaned in his memory box!) From that moment I knew what was best for my baby.

Expressing for my baby

I sat for hours and hours expressing milk for him, storing them in the hospital fridge. A couple of nights before he was discharged, I ordered an electric breast pump online as I only had a manual one at home. When we where discharged, I went home and pumped, pumped, pumped! I used to walk around the house, tidying up with a double breast pump strapped into a special bra! I felt like daisy the milking cow! Gosh knows what my postman must have thought when I had to poke just my head around the door to get my parcels! Within a few weeks, we noticed something wasn’t right. He started getting awful eczema and he was losing weight, rather than gaining it. At around 5 months Leo was referred for allergy testing. At this point, I was on a dairy, egg and gluten free diet (can you imagine having a frozen dairy, egg & gluten free 21st birthday cake from Tesco when your used to the real deal?!). At 7 months he was finally diagnosed with a Milk & Soya allergy and an action plan for introducing Egg. I knew I couldn’t cut this out of my diet for much longer. I needed to stay healthy. We where given a prescription for a ‘free from’ formula. Within a couple of weeks, he was the happiest baby! Although our breast feeding journey was short lived and very hard work, I’m glad we tried.

My Second Baby

When Rosie was born, like I said in my introduction, she latched on straight away! She has been a booby monster ever since! I still do occasionally express milk for Rosie, but not having to sterilise 10 bottles and a breast pump everyday has been a dream! Like every breast feeding mother, getting used to ‘whipping your boob out’ in public or in front of family can be a little awkward. I found feeding in front of family members the hardest, I don’t know why! They have all been incredibly supportive! 6 months down the line, I’m a lot more relaxed. If she needs feeding in the middle of Aldi, I’ll feed her! If she needs feeding whilst out for lunch, I’ll feed her! I know some people can be unpleasant and find breastfeeding in public unacceptable (although it’s a completely natural thing…but that’s an on going argument in society) but luckily I’ve never had any negativity! I think I’d just squirt them with milk if I did get any grief! However I am always conscious of my surrounding and like to ‘cover up’. Normally, I just pop a muslin cloth under my bra strap and over Rosie’s head! I’ve also purchased a beautiful nursing jumper from Stylish Mum, which opens up each side for easy, discrete access! This was also my ‘coming home’ outfit when Rosie was born in March! Now winter is approaching, I’ll be wearing it a lot!

Breast feeding Rosie has been such a beautiful journey, but it’s not always easy. The nights seem to be longer, my boobs seem to be a little more uncomfy and with teething in full swing…well you can imagine the discomfort of a bitten nipple! I have lost count of the amount of times I’ve sworn I’d be buying formula in the morning if she wakes me up 1 more time….but I haven’t. 1 sleepless night…more like 150 sleepless nights will never take away the amazing bond that I have built with my daughter and will continue to grow. Plus, it’s saved me in a fortune not buying formula! No matter how you feed your baby, you’re doing a good job. I salute those who spend hours cleaning and sterilising bottles for their babies formula. I salute those mums who spend hours each day and night expressing milk as if they where on a dairy farm and I salute those breast feeding mums who have their nipple bitten at 3AM whilst your partner is sound asleep next to you…! If we all support each other, formula, breast or expressed, we will continue to NORMALISE NORMAL. A FED BABY IS A HAPPY BABY.

You can follow Zoe on her mother journey at www.instagram.com/life.with.the.hjs

Benefits of Skin to Skin for Breastfeeding

This week is National Breastfeeding Week and the theme is ‘skin to skin’.

This is where a baby is placed directly onto mums bare chest. It is recommended that his takes place directly after birth – where baby is dried and placed without clothing onto mum and both are covered in a warm blanket for at least an hour after birth or until after the first feed. It is ok if this is not possible as skin to skin can also be very beneficial for many months – at hospital, at home or even in a bath can be nice. Skin to skin helps baby to adjust to life outside of the womb by helping to regulate babies heart rate, breathing and temperature. It also helps to colonise the baby’s skin with mums friendly bacteria which will help protect baby against infection.

Skin to skin also helps to initiate feeding and to develop a close and loving relationship between mum and baby. This includes stimulating digestion and an interest in feeding from baby. So even if you are not planning to breastfeed skin to skin can be very beneficial. Skin to skin is also often used for premature babies to help parents to bond and to support developmental outcomes for baby.

However, it can be used at any time when baby needs comfort and to help boost a mums milk supply. Often mums ask what foods they can eat or how often they should pump to increase their supply and I often suggest trying skin to skin first and often this does help – it’s also a cheaper, more accessible and more comfortable option too !!

I would love to hear more about your skin to skin experience…. Come and share with us on our social media.

You can read more about the benefits of skin to skin here:

Unicef skin to skin benefits

Sheffield For Kids Awards

I am honoured to be sponsoring the Sheffield For Kids Awards. As many of you will know I live in Sheffield and my business is also based in Sheffield. I have lived in Sheffield for over 14 years and I now couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else home. I have had 3 children in the last 6 years and thought I knew Sheffield pretty well (well maybe I did know my way around all the bars and clothes shops!) but as I didn’t grow up in the area I quickly realised that kid wise I really didn’t know Sheffield well at all. I didn’t know the best places to go or things to do, especially those that would be toddler friendly, well you know, if anything can ever be completely toddler friendly!

I came across ‘Trips with a tot’ on Facebook. It was set up by a lovely mum called Naomi. Naomi post videos and blogs about all the trips she does, she certainly gets about! She is so inspirational not just in terms of where you can go with little ones, but also other tips to keep costs down, where to eat, other places to visit whilst you are there and she is so honest in her reviews she became an online mum that I knew I could trust. Oh by the way she also visits other cities on weekends away and she doesn’t drive and makes sure she gives you all the details of how to get there. Naomi is also an amazing breastfeeding advocate, she often talks about it or breastfeeds in her videos and photos. She also produced a blog specifically on places she likes to breastfeed.

breastfeeding spots in Sheffield

She has also created a really supportive online community where parents share their trips and share local advice. She really is an excellent ambassador for Sheffield as she really makes you see all the wonderful places we have access to. I am therefore honoured to be supporting the second year Naomi has run awards for Sheffield.
The Sheffield For Kids Awards is a chance to really promote, shout, be proud and celebrate what we have here in Sheffield for kids – such as best local parks and playgroups, to best indoor and water play, best toddler groups and best place for family eating.
If you are a business your users can vote for you ! If you have visited or used activities or services in Sheffield you can nominate them under various categories (don’t worry there will be one which fits! ) AND you get a chance to enter into a huge giveaway with over £400 worth of prizes! It is a quick form and doesn’t take long!

The results will be available at the end of July and will help provide an amazing database of the best of Sheffield for Kids! So please do get involved.
The deadline is the 31st May so you need to act quick ! Nominate here

Are you up for the water challenge?

Do you have headaches, a sore tummy, feeling tired, suffering from constipation? Have you considered that you are not drinking enough water (or equivalent)?
Did you know that if you are exclusively breastfeeding you produce on average 700ml of milk a day?! This can be higher if the weather is warm or baby is going though a growth spurt or is poorly and off their food (if weaned).
Your body produces this milk from the things you eat and drink and so you need to make sure you are getting enough fluids and extra calories to support your body in this amazing task. We often hear about the 300-500 extra calories needed per day, but often forget about our additional water requirements. A normal adult should be having 2 litres of fluids a day but for a breastfeeding mum this should be closer to 3 litres!!

Please also note that more fluids does not mean more breastmilk unless you are severely dehydrated.

Drink more water

Want to step up to our water challenge…. It is easy enough to do!!

Our water bottle is an average sized bottle and holds 700ml of water (will be less depending how much you put in the infusion) and you need to drink at least 3 of these per day! I would suggest one full bottle in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening /night plus other drinks with meals. Our bottles have a handy chart on it to help you out, but any similar sized bottle would work. The best thing to do is to listen to your body and drink when you need to, but this is a useful reminder and helps you to commit to making YOU a priority.
Like any challenge or target you set yourself you are more likely to carry it out if you share your target with others as a form of accountability. I definitely need to be drinking more water – I will be sharing my goals with you, what I am putting in my infusion and letting you know how I get on. I would like to invite you to do the same and tag Stylish Mum or #stylishmumstribe and let me know ‘I am up for the water challenge’. Help keep me motivated and in return I will be issuing some special surprises for those who take part 😊 check out my progress via Facebook in Instagram.

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Welcome to my blog

My name is Sarah and after having and feeding my third child I became fed up with the options out there for breastfeeding mums. A lot of the breastfeeding specific clothes I found were mostly maternity which frustrated me, firstly because they don’t fit right, but also there is an assumption that breastfeeding is only for those early weeks. So, when I was up feeding one night I designed my own top and arranged for some samples to be made. I wore the tops and the feedback was that they were amazing and I should set up a business selling them – and so Stylish Mum was born!

I did a lot of market research with other mums and found that winter wear was the most difficult – due to the amount of material to lift up and of course wanting to stay warm. Mum’s also said that the item they missed the most was the hoodie and so this is where we started. We had a number of samples made which were tested and tweaked by mums and our colours were chosen by mums too!

Stylish Mum started selling in November 2017 and the feedback we have had has been breath-taking. Customers have really appreciated the clever design which allows for discreet feeding with no fiddy zips or buttons so easy to do one handed. Mums have also said that they are easy to feed in in a sling as material doesn’t need to come upwards. No zips or buttons also means no marks or anything sharp near babies face when cuddling, feeding or carrying in a sling. Mums have really liked the material for our hoodies and tops which is 95% cotton and 5% spandex stretch. This gives the items a soft luxurious feel. Mums have said that the shape and stretch is very flatting and forgiving to the tummy area and also means less/ no ironing !!

My ambition is to keep growing the brand and adding new items as we go along. I am really passionate about helping mums to feel stylish, comfortable and confident when feeding. So please do follow this blog, sign up to our newsletter and/or check us out on facebook or instagram.

Sarah