Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun on Real Nappy Week, I’m so impressed with Clothopoly.
I’ll be picking the winner of the £20 voucher to spend at www.lactivist.co.uk at the end of this week so if you have a picture of your child in the ‘Happy in my cloth nappy’ t-shirts and you are happy for me to use it for publicity all you need to do is email it to me, email@example.com or pop it on the Lactivist Facebook page.
‘Mummy milk is better than milk from just any old cow’ Big Organic Bag Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural methods. This means that it is…
Care Instructions Handwash only Love unconditionally Breastfeed as required Printed in black ink on large organic shopping bags. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural methods. This means that it is better for the health of the…
“Mummy Milk Rocks” Big Organic Bag Red/Orange Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder. This is a blended print, red going into orange. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural…
“There is growing evidence that media porn affects breastfeeding rates in the UK and hopefully if we are successful we can reduce the impact of media.
Sexual media has crept into our society and is affecting breastfeeding rates in the UK. The breastfeeding network says that sexual images are, “undoubtedly an important factor in whether breastfeeding is treated as normal in society, which in turn, affects uptake”.
The La Leche League says, “Many women in today’s society feel that their bodies belong to men rather than babies, which is such a difference to previous generations of women”.
Please would you consider supporting this petition to make it illegal to display porn around children which will in turn mean that such images will be less frequent and hopefully the rates of breastfeeding will improve.
“Infant feeding support became a passion of mine when I worked as a nurse on the special care baby unit, and having needed support myself after my own child was born, the interest and dedication continued.”
They are an, inexpensive and reassuring visual teaching tool to demonstrate the size of a newborn’s stomach and therefore illustrate that the seemingly small amount of colostrum, and then emerging milk supply, is sufficient for the baby. A great tool in breastfeeding support, it’s an essential piece of kit for breastfeeding peer supporters, lactation consultants, doulas, midwives, nurses, etc.
The sets contain various sized “balls” in a lovely organza bag, representing the stomach size of a newborn over the first few days, with an information card.
All the info is on a small laminated card that can either be hole punched and threaded through the bag’s drawstring or put in the bag itself.
These are not toys!
Attachment Parenting is for everyone! Attachment Parenting is about building strong bonds with your child by responding to their needs in a timely and sensitive way. It is about modelling behaviour you wish to see and having respect, empathy and a desire for connection. It is about life-long relationship quality built on foundations of physical closeness and emotional understanding.
Welcome to the official launch of the APUK affiliation and accreditation program for parents wishing to become APUK Group Facilitators!
APUK have tried to keep the training cost as low as possible. They say “We are most grateful to our sponsors, who have enabled us to ensure that the value of the unique APUK Group Start-Up Pack is greater than the total cost of training.”
Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your local community or are looking for a great way to make new friends with shared interests?
Would you like to train in something new but relevant to your family life where the training provides all you need to get started with fabulous quality items in a unique Group Start-Up Pack?
Would you like to become part of a nationwide community with opportunities for furthering your skills, possibly even leading to a new vocation in the field of parenting?
Do you already run a group and feel you could benefit from affiliation and being part of a network of facilitators supporting each other in running a group?
Attachment Parenting UK have lots of information that can help you become an affiliate or a facilitator – click here for more details: http://www.attachmentparenting.co.uk/#/start-an-apuk-group/4569232423
Mum and Me magazine was born out of the desire to support new mothers, with the aim of eventually being able to support the groups they often rely upon.
Mum and Me magazine enables new mums to access useful information without scary, sensationalist stories and without being bombarded by advertising from large corporations. The content supports gentle parenting and breastfeeding by introducing positive role models and images.
Mum & Me magazine is offering a special price for advertising offer for the online Bots & Bibs section for the Winter 2012 issue, via Lactivist. Please note that advertisements will not be accepted that contravene the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
You could have your advert in the Christmas Special for only £5 for the 1/8th size, £10 for the 1/4 size and just £17.50 for the 1/2 size. Just quote Lactivist Winter Ad in your email topic.
Aberconwy & Colwyn NCT have organised a walk through Llandudno’s high street to celebrate International Babywearing Week 8-14th October. The walk will take place on Saturday, 13th October with participants meeting opposite the old Castle Hotel in Llandudno’s town centre at 1.30pm.
Babywearing can be fun, convenient and have many health benefits too.
The weather may not be dry so bring an umbrella along too.
When I was pregnant, we knew that we had some fairly fixed ideas about how we wanted to raise our child, including allowing her to share our bed for as long as she wanted to. We have been shocked and sometimes upset at other people’s reaction to what seemed to be a very instinctive decision, to sleep with our daughter. I am often made to justify this decision and made to feel as if we are ‘bad’ parents just because we hadn’t trained her to sleep in a cot in her own room by 8 weeks old.
As it happens, we didn’t even really talk about it, it just seemed the right and natural thing to do and offered some major advantages. Our daughter loved the constant contact and it made it so much easier to breastfeed during the night. By simply rolling over and letting her feed before either of us were fully awake, we were both able to drift back to sleep much quicker than if I had had to get up to feed, so everyone got extra sleep.
Many studies have shown that co-sleeping helps to establish breastfeeding and leads to a more settled and happy baby. Others claim that these benefits can last for years and that children who slept with their parents do better at school, have higher self-esteem, fewer health issues and is more likely to be well adjusted than their peers.
We know this goes against many bestselling books on parenting, such as Gina Ford and Richard Ferber but we are convinced that this was the right decision for us and for our daughter. Personally, I believe that night time should be about nurturing and closeness, not about training for the realities of later life.
Yes, there can be some downsides to co-sleeping, but most can be overcome with a few adjustments, such as buying a bigger bed. There have been many reported studies into the dangers of co-sleeping, the most recent published early this year in the Lancet. La Leche League, amongst others, claim that they are flawed as they do not distinguish between safe (following current guidelines re temperature, soft bedding etc) and unsafe (eg on a sofa or with parents who smoke or drink alcohol) co-sleeping.
Our daughter is very independent already (at 13 months) and I am convinced that this is due to all the extra nurturing and contact that she receives during the nights. At some stage, she will decide that she wants her own bed and she will be welcome to it. But in the meantime all three of us love the extra time we get together and there is nothing more wonderful than being woken by a kiss from your baby and seeing just how happy they are to be so close to you. I know that in this way we have created many special moments that we all treasure.
What ever you personally decide, do make sure you follow the latest advice re safe sleeping for your baby. Much of it is commonsense, but the following guidelines should help:
Always put your baby to sleep on their back.
Use a firm mattress and never co-sleep on a waterbed or on a sofa.
Do not use a pillow for your baby and always make sure that your baby’s head is clear of your pillows and bedding. This will reduce the risk of smothering and overheating.
Do not sleep with your baby if you smoke, have drunk alcohol or have taken any drugs which make you drowsy.
Do not give your baby a pillow, and ensure that his head is not covered by the duvet or the sheets. Either of these could smother him.
Use bedding that tightly fits the mattress and make sure there are no gaps between the bed and the headboard where they could become trapped.
If you are unsure or need further advice, always speak to your GP or Health Visitor.
Arabella Greatorex is the owner of www.naturalnursery.co.uk, an online store selling organic and fairly traded products for families including organic clothing and nappies, fairly traded toys and natural toiletries.
Message: Hi there, I work locally, and am a student at the University of the West of Scotland doing a part time PhD (see link). I wondered if any of your mums would like to take part in my research, it is anonomous, has ethical approval through the university, but takes 30 mins !
It is for mums and dads from three months of the pregnancy through to the end of the 1st year of the infants life and is mostly about feelings and emotions.
I realise that it may not be of interest to your parents, and so, good luck with your venture anyhow.
If you are a fan of the Lactivist Facebook page you will be able to enter exclusive competitions. Currently the competition is to win a set of 10 pro breastfeeding badges, but the prizes will change frequently.
‘Mummy milk is better than milk from just any old cow’ Big Organic Bag Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural methods.
2 designs on one big organic bag! ‘Mummy milk is better than milk from just any old cow’ on one side and ‘Mummy Milk Rocks’ on the other Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder.
While stocks last Lactivist mugs are reduced by nearly 30% just until the 28th April 2012. This is to make room for new designs and new stock! The mugs are fantastic quality and are getting brilliant reviews.
The famous Lactivist Cow slogan printed on mugs! These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in Bristol. The images are heat pressed so the artwork is embedded into the ceramic mug. They won’t…
A very clever idea from Ruth Moss perfect for anyone who has had people comment about breastfeeding. For mums breastfeeding older children there is also a Full Term Breastfeeding Bingo Mug. These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They…
Easy to follow care instructions printed on a mug. Handwash Only, Love Unconditionally, Breastfeed as Required. These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in Bristol. The images are heat…
A very clever idea from Ruth Moss perfect for anyone who has had people comment about breastfeeding. There is also a Breastfeeding Bingo Mug. These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in…
Keep Britain Breastfeeding! These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in Bristol. The images are heat pressed so the artwork is embedded into the ceramic mug. They won’t fade and they are…
These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are not made in China. The images are heat pressed so the artwork is embedded into the ceramic mug. They won’t fade and they are dishwasher safe. They have been tested for months in a…
Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs will be sold in the UK this year. It has been estimated that this will generate around 4,370 tonnes of cardboard, 160 tonnes of foil and millions off discarded plastic waste items. However, it’s not all “doom and gloom” and you’ll be glad to know you can still enjoy Easter, save money and help reduce your impact on our planet!
A new website, EthicalCommunity.com has recently launched which aims, amongst other things, to help parents purchase eco-friendly & natural alternatives for their children. Eco-conscious parents can browse from over 7,000 products, learn about the story behind each product and buy directly from the eco-sellers that made each item.
What can parents do to reduce the impact of Easter?
It’s surprising how by just changing a few little things you can massively reduce your environmental impact, have even more fun, save money and have a much more meaningful Easter that your children will cherish forever. So where to begin?
1. Avoid over packaging
For chocolate lovers and eco warriors alike, the chocolate-to-packaging ratio of a standard Easter egg is a massive let-down. When choosing your Easter egg avoid those which come in giant boxes and contain sheets of plastic. Instead, choose one wrapped in foil which can be easily recycled. Also opt for an Easter egg made using organic and Fairtrade ingredients to ensure you’re not the only one celebrating at Easter.
2. Make your own Easter treats
Create some childhood memories of Easter by pouring delicious melted chocolate into bunny-shaped moulds. Decorate them with ribbons and create the perfect Easter gift whilst spending quality time with your children. Homemade shredded wheat and chocolate bird’s nests are also hugely entertaining, both in the making and of course in the eating!
Look for holiday activities to get the whole family outdoors spending quality time together (weather permitting!). Find out if your local parks or community groups are planning any events or Easter egg hunts. If there is a shortage of activities near you then get creative and organise your own egg hunt with these tasty fair-trade mini milk chocolate eggs [http://www.ethicalcommunity.com/eco-shop/food/bag-of-mini-chocolate-egg-1841]
The new Lactivist pro breastfeeding design for spring 2012 is selling out fast, there are only a handful of these organic long handled large bags left now. I’ll re-order but they take a month to be professionally screen printed by a small family firm I know and love so if you want one soon, get in quick!
The same design is printed on 3 sizes of t-shirts, 3-6 months, 6-12 and 12 to 18 months and also on mugs and badges.
If you are outside Europe, or you would like this design on adult t-shirts please visit www.mothersmilkmarketingboard.co.uk which will take you to the Lactivist Cafe Press shops.
With Mother’s Day coming up, we were interested to see just how much a mother’s work is worth. Quite a lot according to our research! The MoneySupermarket.com life insurance quotes team have worked out just how much a mum is worth in salary
Let’s just hope your mum doesn’t start charging an hourly rate after seeing this…
On the left hand side of www.lactivist.net you should be able to see an auction. These will change every day for a week at least (I’m trying to make space for new stock) and because everything starts at £1 with free postage you could grab yourself a bargain.
Ending times of the auctions will change depending on what I have on in the evening so keep an eye on them!
Lactivist are pleased to announce that we have been nominated for the 4th annual Mumsclub Business Mum’s Awards as sponsored by MyFamilyClub.
This is a fantastic opportunity for our company and we wanted to share with you how thrilled and honoured we are to receive this nomination. It is an exceptional way to celebrate how far we have come as a company.
The Business Mum Awards have recognised and rewarded those women who have started businesses and achieved success in a short space of time since 2008. Winners have gone on to great success including the ultimate goal for many of them having their products stocked in high street stores and even more exciting in overseas.
Jane Hopkins MBE, founder of MumsClub says, “The nominations this year have been of a very high standard and it has been my pleasure to personally go through them all to create a shortlist to pass to our esteemed judging panel. Starting a business is hard at the best of times, but to do so alongside a growing family makes it so much more demanding. Being nominated by a fellow mum in business is a huge accolade in itself and I hope all those nominated are incredibly proud of themselves.”
The judging panel consist of previous Business Mum Award winners and industry professionals.
The 4th annual Mumsclub Business Mums Awards, headline sponsors MyFamilyClub, are being held on International Women’s Day on the 8th March. The winners will be invited to an exclusive ceremony to celebrate.
With permission I’m copying an email sent to me on here because I don’t know the answer – can anyone help?
“Hi there, I was told this weekend I couldn’t breastfeed at a religious charity’s meeting held in someone’s home. It was the home owner who told me to stop. Can he do this legally?
Also, At church I am under pressure to use another room to breastfeed. I really don’t want to and feel I shouldn’t have to. Can they force me to go somewhere private to breastfeed? Hope you can help me!