Cookies and Milk? Medela announces the Big Breastfeeding Cafe 2017

image: Pea Pod

The Big Breastfeeding Café, led by breastfeeding brand Medela, is back for its second year! The hugely successful celebration of breastfeeding is set to engage the nation once again as families join together to chat all things breastfeeding, share experiences and support each other over a cuppa!

The world’s leading breastfeeding brand, Medela, is calling on mums (and dads) to join the fun on Tuesday 16th May, by hosting a Breastfeeding Café in the comfort of home for family, friends and local mums. With more than 500 mums joining together and over 40 cafes held last year across the UK including Yorkshire, Norfolk, Nottingham and London, the brand is hoping to bring more mums together and make this the biggest ever Breastfeeding Café!

The Big Breastfeeding Café was a campaign inspired by a survey, which found that a significant 76% of mums believed chatting with other mums at support groups helped to support their feeding journey. This, teamed with the continued success of its weekly Breastfeeding Café on social media, led to the brand taking the concept on the road, actively reaching out to the parenting community and promoting the importance of essential mum to mum support.

The team at Medela are passionate about supporting all breastfeeding mums, whether they are exclusively breastfeeding, expressing or a combination of both. This year’s Big Breastfeeding Café will mark yet another stride in not only encouraging breastfeeding talk amongst mums, but also increasing the awareness of breastfeeding within society.

Medela UK’s Education Manager and in-house Lactation Consultant, Sioned Hilton Commented “Breastfeeding has been proven again and again to be the best way to feed baby. However, although a part of human nature, it is not always as easy as first thought and can be challenging. Having a supportive, reassuring and caring network around you is vital, if not essential to a successful breastfeeding journey. Chatting with other breastfeeding mums specifically, is a brilliant way to get advice and learn some new tips from those who have experienced breastfeeding and expressing first hand.”

She continued “We’re so looking forward to The Big Breastfeeding Café 2017. We hope that mums across the UK will once again join us to celebrate breastfeeding and vital mum to mum support. After all, what a fantastic excuse to get together and make some new mummy friends, while chatting all things feeding over some much deserved tea and cake!”  

Medela will provide mums with a complete package enabling them to host their very own Breastfeeding Café in the comfort of home. The Big Breastfeeding Café packs will include a handy breastfeeding guide featuring expert advice from in-house Lactation Consultant Sioned Hilton, Medela samples, posters, invitations and of course, tea and biscuits!

To sign up for a Big Breastfeeding Café pack, mums simply need to register their interest by emailing medelamums@gmail.com

The perfect investment handbag for the modern mother?

Wyn tote in black from Born in Britain

Sometimes – in our world – there are two ways of looking at a parenting accessory: something that is built for the purpose and the most stylish it can be, or something elegant that can also fulfill the task. A great example of this (which has sparked many a debate across our team) would be the day bag.

Kate Moss and Birkin

Do you opt for one of the ‘elite’ luxury changing bags (Pacapod, Kerikit, Born in Britain, Tibi & Marl etc being some of our faves) or do what Kate Moss (obviously!) started the trend for all those years ago by just re-purposing a great handbag (in her case an oversized Birkin) to carry all your essentials – plus your kids’ too.

Pearl Lowe – in our Winter issue of the magazine – told us that she tosses all her daughter Betty’s hairbrushes and toys into her trusty black Prada and you’ll see the likes of Fearne Cotton stuffing their Aspinal of London Marylebone totes with blankies and wet wipes – along with their yoga kit.

Large Queen bag in red by Jardine of London

Mary Jardine, founder of Jardine of London, suggested: “,The small cross-body ‘Queen’ Jardine of London bag is the perfect investment piece handbag for the busy Mum who needs her ‘hands-free’ whilst juggling the children and everything else required when out and about.  Big enough for her iPad and the little things you need when you have your little darlings with you for a day out – but small and light enough to be worn cross-body.  Made from sturdy goat-skin leather – this bag is very durable whilst maintaining its chic and stylish designer look.  No fiddly closures to the lid here – just a satisfying click as the lid‘s magnetic closure shuts tightly down keeping your possessions safely stowed away.”

Kristin Cavallari with her Chanel GST

Claudia Valentin, Handbag appraiser at Prestige Pawnbrokers and star of channel 4’s Posh Pawn has this advice: “,I personally believe that every Mum should have the classy Chanel GST (Grand Shopper Tote) in Caviar finish for long lasting wear.  it’s a really practical bag in every way and yet, still an heirloom!It features a functional interior with large and safe compartments as well as maintaining a very chic style with its beautiful chain straps and of course its iconic logo.This piece is suitable for all ages as it’s a timeless design for all seasons and comes in different colours to cater for a selection of daytime outfits may it be jeans and a jumper or a maxi dress. These bags tend to retail new at around £2500 but we can source them via our online shop for around £1700 which is such a good investment. You can find one on the online shop  at a very affordable price. The other classic designer must have bag for the modern mother in my opinion is the faithful Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM. These bags can hold a surprising amount of ‘mummy paraphernalia’ and can be the perfect transitional bag from daytime school run to a beach tote whilst still looking super glam taken out in the evening for dinner. These retail around £880 new and we can source them for a little as £500. Again you will probably pass a LV onto your children as they are such a timeless investment.”

PS there’s still time to drop a few Mothers’ Day hints 😉

OMG aden+anais are having an online sale!

For the first time, aden+anais, erstwhile makers of wonder-muslin, are having a sale on their website. Grab yourself a bargain across selected items with up to 40% off!

As well as the swaddles and sleeping bags aden+anais are known best for, their sale also includes hooded towels (trust us, these are super soft) snap and burpy bibs, dresses, jogger pants, kimono baby grows (wonderful for wriggly babies) – in many of their much loved, timeless prints such as Vintage Circus and Stars.

The sale lasts until 31st March – click here to shop.

Mothers’ Day, C’Mon Let’s Do This!

Scandiborn mug

Editor writes: Personally, I believe Mothers’ Day should involve Mummy having a bit of ‘me-time’. Maybe a coffee (or two) in bed. The chance to read at least one of the papers in peace (OK, maybe just the supplement!)

Sweatshirt from FMLY store

 

 

My middle child has just started to draw and thus I look forward to a ‘proper’ picture  – as opposed to the goopy handprint cards you’d have gotten in previous years, made at nursery. And goodness knows a glass of fizz wouldn’t go amiss…

But really, what I’ll cherish most this Mothering Sunday is the chance to appreciate some of the things I already have, take some deep breaths and do a bit of yoga stretching… (well, until one of my sons blows a raspberry in my face!)

Dark Iris lounge pants from Jockey

First of all, I won’t be getting properly dressed. Mothers’ Day attire will be this: my supersoft ‘Mama’ print sweatshirt from The FMLY Store (which I have in navy) and dark iris lounge pants from Jockey, which are lighter than air and as close to wearing nothing as you can get without being arrested.

What else? Well, I’m going to layer up my perfume. Who cares if it is 8 in the morning, I will be smelling like I’m on a hot date. I’ve recently discovered that layering Annick Goutal’s heady rose ‘Ce Soir ou Jamais’ with Library of Fragrance’s dreamy ‘Plum Blossom’ creates the kind of super creamy floral haze you’d imagine would make Jayne Mansfield swoon. I love it – but on a normal day I am hardly going to waft of it in Waitrose.

Library of Fragrance Plum Blossom cologne

Then I’m going to paint my toenails. Super decadent, you might gasp (as my youngest is barely crawling). Forget the more expensive brands, Rimmel’s ‘Rapid Ruby’ is divine (and sets in 60 seconds, so when you realise you also need the loo you don’t need to hobble…)

And I’m going to wear lipstick. At the breakfast table.

With chestnut hair, reds are trickier to match than you’d imagine. I adore Nars Audacious Lipstick in ‘Olivia’ (or the slightly paired down ‘Marlene’) – or Clinique’s ‘Black Honey’.

Marloe London Lady Garden scarf

I’ve been inseparable from my Marloe London scarf blanket since I got one (fingers itching to buy another one…) They are so chic – but also so cosy. If you need to have a duvet day whilst in a board meeting, essentially, this is the way to do it. I’ve worn mine as comfortably to Charity Galas as to the kids’ riding lessons. You can’t go wrong (and if you snap up the current Lady Garden collab one, you’ll be doing right – namely helping the gynecological cancer cause.) So basically, I shall wrap mine ’round my shoulders whilst I skim the Telegraph.

Powerbank from PNY

After that my day will involve Netflix. I’ve gotten a handy power pack from PNY which means when my tablet runs out of juice mid episode of ‘The Client List’ I can just plug in for prolonged telly gratification.

And yes, I realise that the likelihood of any of this happening is as entirely fantastical as the homework excuses my eldest child comes up with. But if you have the chance to enjoy even a fraction of my daydream, please live vicariously for me and for mothers everywhere.

Happy Mothers’ Day. 

What I want for Mothers’ Day…

We asked a few Slick Mummies out there what they’ll be hoping for this weekend…

”For Mother’s Day I’d like to not have to cook a single meal, wash any school uniform, nag anyone about doing maths homework, wipe a single surface or break up a single argument between my three children!  Oh, and can I have a flat stomach please.  Not asking for much am I?” Melanie Lawson, Founder of Bare Biology. 
(Bare Biology launches a fab campaign today to support PANDAs UK – follow #IHadPND)
“If I could have a dream Mother’s Day pressie it would be new stemless (excuse the flower pun) red wine glasses – stubborn are the perfect solution for tired mums as they are less likely to topple over (at bath time) and I do like to do my creative work with a glass of red in hand. Perhaps not the most traditional Mother’s Day pressie but certainly all the mum’s I know love wine!” Beth Kendall, Wilder and Wren

‘There’s nothing wrong with chocolates and flowers on Mother’s Day, but after a long day of work and the when the kids are in bed, there’s no better treat than a long gin and and tonic with plenty of ice! Craft Gin Club send you a different bottle of unusual gin to try every month, so it’s a gift I can enjoy all year round!’ Dragon’s Den star Sarah Willingham.

“ My ideal gift? For Mother’s Day to be 48 hours long! I’d want to enjoy as much time with my daughter as possible.” Suzie Walker, founder of Primal Pantry.

 

“A handmade Mother’s Day card from my girls is always a winner (and will go into my treasure box) but also a coupon to book for a massage or a lovely bath with wine and bubbles. I’d also appreciate a meal that’s not made in my kitchen!” Jacqueline Waggett, CEO Pacapod.

Salt Awareness Week: Children getting a third of their salt before school

DW Fitness Clubs has found that children could be getting a third of their recommended salt allowance before they even get to school.

For children aged 4-6, the NHS recommends no more than 3g of salt per day.

Snap, Crackle, Pop…and Salt!

A serving of 30g of cereal contains:

  • Kelloggs Krave = 12% of your child’s recommended salt intake (6% for adults)
  • Rice Krispies  = 12% of your child’s recommended salt intake (6% for adults)
  • Cheerios = 10% of your child’s recommended salt intake (5% for adults)
  • Coco Krispies = 8% of your recommended salt intake (4% for adults)

Manufacturers list salt content per 30g, but that’s a very modest portion size, for a hungry child (and aren’t they all?) It would be very easy to eat two or three times that.

So if a child had a large bowl of Rice Krispies (100g) that would be 1.13g of salt, over a third of their daily allowance. Scary, huh?

Mamabee.com has time in the mornings!

We all know that ‘good energy’ basics like porridge, bananas, sugar free peanut butter, Greek yoghurt with berries or dippy eggs would be a better option here, it’s obviously just a case of having ten minutes more in the morning (as with most things…)

But worth flagging this story up if your child gets a bowl of cereal at pre-school Breakfast Club…

 

76% of Mothers with Young Children Want a Break from Parenting Duties this Mother’s Day

New 2017 research reveals we spend on average £38.50 on our mothers; up 5% from 2016
Flowers are still the most popular gift to buy, though just 4% of mothers with young children claim it is their preference

However, 91% of grandmothers would rather the gift of spending more time with their families on Mothering Sunday.

Liberty bouquet from Wild at Heart

With Mothers’ Day just around the corner, shops and restaurants are gearing up for an expected increase of sales and bookings in the coming weeks. In a survey commissioned by Onbuy.com, it was discovered that Brits are spending on average £38.50 on their mother’s yearly; up 5% from last year’s findings. Like other years, men were spending more on their mum’s (£42) than women (£35).
A survey of 1650 reveals the top five presents bought for mums (with the average spend) in the UK are: (1) Flowers- £35 (2) Taken out for family meal- up to £30 per head (3) Chocolate- £10 (4) Perfume- £40 (5) Homeware- £18.

Further analysis highlighted that presents such as flowers and chocolate relayed a gesture of appreciation and love, where such gifts are given to highlight a special purpose. Additionally, children taking their mums out for a meal allowed them to spend time together as a family, ensuring their mother felt special and valuable.

Jo Malone London Blooms collection

However, are these traditional gifts what mothers wanted?
In a mirrored survey of mothers with children aged 3-10, Onbuy.com discovered that these gifts held little value. Although much appreciated, after just a few years, many started to resent these generic “cheesy” gifts. In fact, it was found flowers were not so popular among mums, with only 4% admitting they would rather flowers over other presents.

When presented with a list of options for gifts, what came out as most popular in the survey was the following: (1) A relaxing spa day- 19% (2) Date Night- 17% (3) A quiet night in with wine- 14% (4) An extra three hours in bed-11% (5) No housework- 9%. Ironically, the survey highlighted that 76% of this group of mothers ultimately wanted a day off from parenting responsibilities on Mothers’ Day.
Additional analysis alternatively emphasised that those whose children were aged 18-30 favoured quality family time with their children (87%), highlighting the disparity between different stages of motherhood. Additionally, 96% of grandparents would in fact rather spend time with their families, with 56% claiming they felt neglected on Mothering Sunday.

Jam making set from Kilner Jars

In short:

What Mothers Get
1) Flowers
2) Taken out for a meal
3) Chocolate
4) Perfume
5) Homeware

What Mothers Want

1) A relaxing day at a spa
2) Date night
3) A quiet night in with wine
4) An extra three hours in bed
5) No Housework

Lovely Little Things: The Pacapod limited edition map print feeder pod

Tiny adventures start with a treasure map and this one comes in the form of a teeny backpack, which can either be carried by a toddler, clipped onto a buggy or fitted seamlessly into any of Pacapod’s ingenious changing bags.

Inside the pod is insulated and wipe-clean – so perfect for packed lunches – and it comes with a matching map-print bottle cover for keeping milk warm (or juice cool). The outer pocket has a clear window so your little one can have their pirate treasure in full sight (but also useful to pop in essentials like a yoghurt spoon and be able to see that you hadn’t forgotten them…)

Our resident two year old explorer was swift to hang his over the handlebars of his scooter, stuff in Big Nutbrown Hare and whizz off to discover new rabbit-holes.

RRP £21.95 from Pacapod

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