Breastfeeding in my active wear. 

It can be very tricky to find a nursing bra that can deliver on all fronts.

I was looking for comfort, support and something that still fit when my boobs were forever changing shape due to feeds. I was after something that did all the above plus I could workout in it too.

I remember my first high, interval, intensity workout. All I can say is ouch. I wore my usual pre pregnancy crops (mind you I only used to have small size A mozzie bites ha) to hold up my new big full boobies. They bounced every where. My nipples hurt and they had no support at all. When I was doing sprints, I almost cried because they hurt so much. Trying to feed a hungry baby after my workout was a night mare too. I had to try and pull down straps and they would pull right round my neck. I needed a good active nursing bra.

I came across Rob, from Yummy Mummy Lingerie on her Instagram page @yummy_mummy_lingerie. It was so refreshing to get the answers I needed promptly to my comments I made on her page. Before I knew it was getting sized up for a nursing, sports bra. Yes I was doing this all over the Internet too. This was perfect for me too as I had a new born baby, I didn’t have lots of spare time to be off trying of nursing, sports bras either.

A few days later I received the parcel with the @Cadenshae nursing bra. I tried it on and was a great fit. I even felt like I got a pair of new boobies from the shop too. They made my boobs look great.

The bra contained little clasps to undo to make feeding access, quick and easy to do. I was able to top Cruz up quickly at the gym too, pre workout.


It ticked all the right boxes, plus more. I loved the colours they came in too. Perfect to match up with my colourful activewear wardrobe too.


Yummy Mummy Lingerie specialise in maternity and post pregnancy, so they have a wide range of products and advice to suit your everyday nursing needs.

Being a active mum, I spend a lot of time in my active wear. From being comfortable at home, shopping, walking and training at Hiit I wanted something that would accomodate all mine and my babies needs. Something I could use everyday.

Here are some of the nursing/activewear bras that Yummy Mummy have to offer for training.

– Everyday Nursing Bra for general wear.

– Fit2feed Activewear Bra for medium to low impact activity.

– Ultimate Nursing Sports Bra for high impact exercise and larger busted mama’s.


  

I have washed these bras several times too and each time come up as good as knew. They have kept their shape and colour. This is something that is truly important to me when purchasing a bra. I cannot stand when the material that covers the breast goes lumpy. I believe these bras were built to last.

I hope you enjoyed my product review on the Cadenshae nursing, sport bras. They are seriously amazing. I highly reccomend them. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask myself or Rob from Yummy Mummy Lingerie. Happy to help out.

Have a great Wednesday Peeps!!

Big Love,

Alice In Healthyland

Xx

Teething is a Bitch.

Yes it sure is.. It is so hard watching your little one go through that kind of pain. They fight sleep, they cry more often, they want to be on you but then they push you away. I wish our babes were born with Holes for their little teeth.

I thought I would share a few products that have helped me get through this little teething time with my little fella.
Mama Body Baby Bliss Tea

In the day I make little Cruz up a batch of Mama Body Baby Bliss Tea. I give the recommended dose and I drink the rest. I find it very calming for myself and him.

Amber necklace. All I can say is, if you haven’t got one.. Get one. These babies are amazing for dribbling. When Cruz is not wearing it he dribbles so bad. But when it’s on it’s very minimal. I got this from Wray organic. You can also buy at most health shops and baby stores.

  

This teething necklace helps to distract my little man plus is easy and safe for him to chew on. I often wear this, so when I’m holding Cruz he can hold it and chew on it as he pleases.

Designed & made in Australia by Dandelion Baby, The stunning Trixie Fresh Mint silicone teething necklace is made with 100% non-toxic food grade silicone which is free from chemicals BPA,PVC phthalates, cadmium and lead.

Teething necklace  available from

For Mumma & Bubba- Dandelionbaby Trixie Fresh Mint Teething Necklace
  
For Mumma & Bubba-Silicone Elephant Teething Toy Aqua

Teething Toy available from
For Mumma & Bubba-Silicone Elephant Teething Toy Aqua

Cruz loves to chew on this. It’s safe for him to chew on and I put it in the fridge which helps to cool his gums. This helps to relieve some of his pain. These soft chewable Elephant teethers are made from 100% non-toxic food grade silicone too.

Last of all my favourite Homepathic product is Brauer Baby & Child Teething liquid.


This stuff is amazing, I was the recommended this by my midwife. You can give it quite often. He helps to calm and relax Bub. I highly recommend this.


Cold cucumber and carrot sliced a thick enough for Cruz to hold has also been a go to for us. Plus he loves the taste of them’

Last of all.. Mummy cuddles. These help a lot.. He has been extremely clingy, not that I don’t love the extra cuddles but I do want him to be pain free.


Any other tips, please comment below.

Don’t forget to check out @for_mumma_and_bubba, @braueraus, @mamabodytea on Instagram for more great products and tips.

My birthing story written by @themidwifemumma. 

Welcome to the birth of precious baby Cruz, delivered by his beautiful Mumma Alice. I stumbled across Alice’s Instagram (@aliceinhealthyland) when I first started @themidwifemumma. We had mutual friends and many were reposting and praising her healthy eating and lifestyle. In other words, I was a bloated post partum mum seeking some motivation and she gave it to me. From then on, I would regularly visit Alice’s page (yes like a stalker) when I was tossing up rice bubbles for breakfast orrrrrr one of Alice’s super healthy ‘sweet potato pancakes’ – and yes this is a breakfast meal. If you think that is healthy, wait until you see her placenta granola breakfast bars, they are delicious (ok that is a joke).. but seriously she is VERY motivational when it comes to nourishing your body, something that I definitely need to do more of. Definitely guilty of this.
In true healthy Alice style, she exercised, swam and kept active right up to the day she gave birth at 37 weeks and 5 days where her little babe decided it was time to meet his parents. The lovely Alice did a stellar job bringing her babe into this world and it goes like this..


 At 2:00am on the 15th of October 2015, while Alice was dreaming away in bed, she woke up to her waters breaking (this is the classic time for your waters to break by the way..something about those little night hormones going wild in your body). After moments of denial and realizing she in fact hadn’t ‘wet’ her pants (let’s be honest we all think this at least once during pregnancy) she made her way to hospital where it was confirmed her membranes had ruptured and told to go home and rest (yeah right – I M P O S S I B L E). Have you ever heard of adrenaline? It clings to you like glad wrap and makes it hard to relax. And breathe. And relax. And breathe. Yeah No. You get the picture… But Alice being super calm and relaxed as she is, decided she was more then happy with this plan and ventured back home at all hours of the morning until she reached her driveway and realised it couldn’t just be her waters saturating her pants. She was sitting in a pool of blood. Oh dear… Oh no. It is never fun receiving these calls as a Midwife.
In a state of panic, back to hospital Alice rushes (secretly freaking out – hello again adrenaline) where she underwent ultrasounds which confirmed baby and placenta were fine, but none the less, was told by Doctors that a Caesarian Section would be the safest mode of delivery as her blood loss was unexplained. Alice, in shock, all the while trusting her body (you go girlfriend), pleaded with her Midwife for a natural birth. To at least try anyway. Big hats off to you Alice, it always impresses me when women take a stance for what they believe in. Doctors finally agreed to give Alice a bit more time to see if she would commence labouring naturally. By 1:00pm (11 hours after waters breaking) Alice began contracting, nothing regular (like a typical posterior baby), but they were definitely there. You can ask Alice’s back. Alice could sense doctors were watching the clock and once again a caesarian was discussed or she could have her labour augmented by the Syntocinon drip. Baby was always super happy so of course Alice was going to keep going. Labour is a marathon remember.
This was an easy choice for Alice, especially given that she is a nurse so was very familiar with the operating theatre and her desire to keep well away from it. The drip was commenced, and in true ‘jungle juice’ fashion, the contractions continued to roll on in, stronger and faster then before.
Alice remained an active labourer for 17 long hours until the pain in her back could no longer be tolerated. Her legs were jelly, her body was tired, she knew she had been through enough as agreed by her husband and midwife. At 7cm Alice received her epidural and managed some rest. The pain was gone but the pressure was intensifying as expected from the head descending deep through the pelvis into the vagina. Alice knew it was time to push and meet her baby.
45 minutes of minutes of pushing felt like a lifetime, especially when you are so desperate meet your baby and find out its sex. Alice said she was so eager to “touch, smell and see those little eyes”.. gosh doesn’t that take you back to when you met your baby for the first time? That gives me butterflies! After 20 long hours, at 10:02pm Alice and her husband Dave, along with Alice’s student midwife (now a wonderful friend) Jo, welcomed their son ‘Cruz David Bingham’ into their arms weighing a teeny 3070 grams of pure perfection. From birth, Cruz has breastfed like a little champion (with the help of lactation consultants), sleeps like a little prince (good work bubba) and his mumma Alice has taken to motherhood like it is all she has ever known.

Alice is no different to you and I. She is an inspiring mum who did a wonderful job birthing her gorgeous son Cruz. As Alice continues to share her journey as a new mumma I am sure we can all sympathise and relate with her highs (baby smiles, baby giggles and baby babble) and lows (poo explosions, tough days feeding and minimal sleep). So, if you are like me and you want some daily fitness, healthy eating, and motherhood inspo, check out Alice and her blog @aliceinhealthyland. She is such a caring person, who kindly shares her delicious recipes and is always happy to answer your questions. After all, let’s remember that this ‘Birth of the Week’ blog is all about understanding women, supporting them and sharing your own experiences so we can all relate.

Happy Birthing Mumma’s!

Amelia X

Mums + Bubs Date.

Today Cruz and I went on a picnic with other new mummies and their little bubs.

I always love catch ups with other mummas, as you can relate to them. I always leave the play dates feeling confident about motherhood and you know you are not alone. We are in this together. I love watching our babies grow together as well! Every week they are ticking off little milestones. Such clever babies. It’s a little heart breaking seeing some of them teething.

We had a healthy morning tea, chatted and took our babes for a swim.

Thank you for the photos Lauren from Hunter and Rose Lifestyle so lucky we have you to snap these happy memories.

I made these, healthy, organic banana muffins.

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The recipe is as followed..

250g organic oats, 5 tbsp coconut flour, 2 eggs, 1tsp cinnamon, 1tsp vanilla essence, 3 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 chopped banana.
You can add a scoop of vanilla protein if you wish.

Blend all ingredients.
Preheat oven to 180degrees.
Scoop into mini muffin trays.
Makes about 8-10 cakes.
Cook for 30-40min depending on the oven.
Enjoy.

 

Lactation Boosters. 

This morning I woke up and decided to make a smoothie. Everyday I constantly think in my head, what can I eat to assist with feeding my baby. I usually have smoothies for breakfast as I can add quite a bit of ingredients to them and eat on the go or quickly. This is my recipe that I used.   
My breakfast smoothie topped with @the.milk.pantry Mumma Muesli. 
Smoothie – 1/2 frozen banana, 3 tbsp vanilla protein, 50g frozen blueberries, 50mls coconut water and a whole lot of crushed ice. Mixed in my mix and go blender. You can top with muesli of choice. 

Now to my breastfeeding mums or mummy to be’s YES I take something to help my supply everyday. I find it truly helps to boost that bit extra when I feel my milk in low. Now I know sometimes it might not be the case, some LC state that your supply is always there for your baby but I truly believe these boosters not only bring my milk in for Cruz to have a field day with, but boost my confidence with feeding too. 

I currently take a Milk and Cookies by Jewels bliss balls everyday, either as a snack or as a dessert at night. I have been taking these now since Cruz was 4 weeks old. Addicted! Occasionally I get treated to one of Jewel’s Chocolate Cherry lactation cookies. 🙌🏼🙈 Yum! 

 I have also brought some of The Milk Pantry  Mumma muesli to enjoy on my on top of my smoothies. It’s very crunchy and filled with lots of organic goodness. Perfect to add a bit more good calories to my breakfast too.

   
 

Both companies have been a absolute pleasure to buy from online. Great at responding to any questions you might have and fast delivery. Both businesses are run by super women! Inspiring other mummas to live their best life with their babies and children. Thank you for both having an impact on my life and my little Cruz. 

I am currently a brand rep for Milk and Cookies by Jewels and if you would like 10% discount on future purchases please use the CODE – ALICE10 at the checkout. 

  
    

To my bottle feeding mamas! You are also doing amazing! Motherhood is an amazing journey we are all on together. I am proud to be apart of your sisterhood. One Love! 

Cacao Crackles.

Cacao crackle.

Because I have cravings.
3 tbsp organic coconut oil, 2 tbsp organic peanut butter, 1 tbsp Manuka honey. (Or whatever honey you want to use).

Melt.
3 tbsp mixed granola (I use the.milk.pantry as I am using it to increase my supply for feeding). 2 X tbsp organic cacao.

Mix.

 

Place in freezer to cool and go hard. Enjoy responsibly 😂🙈.

 

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