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Guest Post - Dads: Tips on How You Can Help with Breastfeeding

By Sojourner Marable Grimmett

Prior to giving birth to our second son, my husband and I had a serious conversation about him being the gatekeeper for visitors at the hospital. I was inspired by how my sister initiated breastfeeding right away after delivery, and wanted to do the same with our son.  My husband’s job was to determine when people came to visit. This allowed me to feel comfortable nursing openly.  Little did I know the countless ways of him assisting and supporting me with breastfeeding would be revealed throughout this journey. He provided us with an eternal sense of peace.

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas at Next

5 Golden rings Ah, golden rings, now these are more my cup of tea. Speaking of which, I've just enjoyed a lovely cuppa after attending my childrens' school nativity play on this cold and frosty morning!

Well, unlike my previous posts, I haven't bought anything in Next today. However, my mum has just shown me some lovely new clothes that she has bought there for my children. For Jack she bought a cosy jersey top, for Sarah a pretty flowery top with matching brown leggings and for Tara a really warm pink puffa style knee length coat. I'm thrilled as it means the kids are getting something practical and which I know they will actually love!

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Dublin, 10th December 2010: ‘Tis the season to throw open your doors and invite relatives, in-laws, friends and neighbours into your home, all in the name of Yuletide spirit. While most hosts and hostesses are busy co-ordinating fairy lights, bobbles, tinsel and table settings, many forget one of the most visited rooms in the house is the bathroom. And while it’s not a room that traditionally lends itself to festive cheer, it is the one room where guests have time to mull over your decorating choices!


Doula UK - Childbirth Services for Mothers to Be

Doula-services What is a doula ?

A doula (a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant or caregiver’) now refers to an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth. Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth, with a good knowledge and awareness of female physiology, but the doula is not supporting the mother in a clinical role, that is the job of the midwife/medical staff. The doula is supporting the whole family to ensure as positive a birth experience as possible. A doula believes in “mothering the mother”, enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time she can during pregnancy, birth and in the early days as a new mum. This type of support helps the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience.

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Guest Post: When Breastfeeding is a Family Affair

Baby-graphics-2-tn There is no doubt that breastfeeding provides a wonderful bonding opportunity for Mom and baby. With some proper planning though, it is a time where other family members such as Dad and the siblings can participate as well.

Dads should be encouraged to participate whenever possible with the feeding. A great way of doing this is instead of Mom using pillows to prop herself up, she will rest against her husband while she is feeding. This gives Dad a chance to watch his little one feed, and at the same time gets to cradle two very special people in his life.

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Canon EF Lens Range: Change your Lens, Change your Story

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm rarely to be seen without my Canon 5D camera. Anyone who has listened to me knows that I love experimenting with the two lenses that I currently own, a 50mm f1.2L and 17-40mm f/4L!
These two lenses give me a good variety of beautiful shots, from portrait style head and shoulders to huge landscape vistas.
However, despite this, I still hanker after more lenses, particularly a macro so I can shoot really close up photos and a big zoom so I can shoot things like butterflies and birds at a distance!

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Free Breastfeeding Advice from Midwife at John Lewis Oxford Street

News just in!

Philips AVENT are aware of how many questions mums-to-be and new mums have about breastfeeding and weaning so to help they have organised for Vicki Scott, independent midwife and feeding expert to be on hand at John Lewis Oxford Street on 15 and 22 January 2011.  Vicki will be able to answer any questions mums or dads have about feeding and weaning their baby and give practical advice to put their minds at rest that they are doing the right thing so they can enjoy this special time!   

Parents can also learn how to use useful products and get exclusive discounts on essential items such as breast pumps, sterilisers, bottles and bottle warmers.  An educational DVD will also be available for parents to take away for free.

For further information parents can visit the new Philips AVENT advice centre at  


Tiny Asthma Inhaler That Can Reduce Bacteria and Bullying

THE world’s smallest asthma inhaler can tackle bacteria and help prevent bullying in children.

The Easyhaler device is so effective and discreet that children as young as six can use it.
Statistics show that bullying is a concern for 30 per cent of children with severe asthma. Asthmatic children, who often feel conscious about being different to others in their school, are more likely to experience shyness, teasing and bullying about using their inhalers.
A third of children with asthma say that their condition can result in them being left out of sports activities at school.

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