This year, for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, we’re again joining Keep Britain Breastfeeding in the Breastfeeding Week Scavenger Hunt.
As part of the scavenger hunt, I have these two competitions running:
Breast Milk Keepsake Valued at £30
A Breast Milk Keepsake is a memento of your breastfeeding journey, it’s a badge of honour and something tangible to have after your child has weaned from the breast. These are 100% Breastmilk, cased in resin.
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BoobieMilk gift voucher Valued at £15
BoobieMilk is a Mummy run business providing in-home nursing bra fittings in and around Sevenoaks, Kent. Nursing bras and accessories are also available for purchase at www.boobiemilk.co.uk to be delivered to the whole of the UK.
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Along with the two competitions we’re doing as part of KBB, we’re also offering readers loads of other breastfeeding related goodies, so join in, sign up, support breastfeeding friendly companies and bloggers and win great prizes valued at over £400! YOU ONLY NEED TO LEAVE ONE BLOG COMMENT HERE TO ENTER ALL THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS:
2 x Theraline Dodo baby feeding pillows (valued at £26 each)
DoDo Pillow, nursing pillow and cover! The nursing pillow that is affordable. Cover washable at 40 degrees, odour free, no chemicals. The low-noise pillow is filled with anti-allergic EPS standard beads (1.5 – 3 mm in diameter, holds approx. 32 litres). It is a simple, slightly smaller (outer dimensions 170 x 34 cm) and practical nursing pillow that convinces with its low price.
2 x Theraline Mamma Pads (Valued at £15 each)
Thanks to a very thin, medical adhesive coating, the breathable silicone nursing pads stay in place without any further help. The adhesive coating on a soft high-tech silicone pad can adapt to practically every shape of breast. Due to surface tension, it applies gentle pressure which slightly but reliably presses the nipples inwards. The use of breathable silicone as straps and adhesive material creates an unexpectedly high wearing comfort. Silicone enables a gas and oxygen exchange very similar to skin. A principle which is used, for example, with long-term contact lenses based on silicone. As soon as the pads are applied, everything feels completely natural and they are practically not noticeable anymore
2 x Cantaloop Adjustable Drop Cup Feeding Bras (valued at £25 each)
A drop cup bra with adjustable straps and back closure. Two side panels strategically placed for growth when breast start making milk. Crimping between the breast increases the ´V´ effect in the front for wear with a t-shirt/low top. The tight knit under the bras substitutes under wire resulting in extra support & “lifting” of the breasts.
Mama Jewels are the first and currently the only safety tested brand of jewellery in the UK market. Do you struggle with keeping your babies attention whilst feeding? MAMA JEWELS have been made with a baby’s need to ‘TWIDDLE’ in mind. they know that instead of pinching and pulling ‘YOU’ they will twiddle with your Mama Jewels necklace.
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Swing electric breastpump and accessories (valued at £130)
While Medela hospital grade pumps can be hired, you can also express milk quietly and discreetly wherever you go. The Swing electric Breastpump combines a multi-award-winning design with the latest technology. The electric breastpump is very quiet and therefore represents the ideal solution for regular and discreet breast pumping. (Why are we offering a Medela competition? Please read our MedelaUK Statement here)
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This fabulous and functional feeding top ensures quick, easy and discreet access for breastfeeding on the go. The wrap around detail ensures a comfortable, flattering fit whilst the super soft internal layer has slits that can be quickly parted when you need to nurse.The stretch cotton used to create this top has all the natural benefits of pure cotton, the added stretch simply means that the fabric will move with your body and keep its shape wash after wash.
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You can also win other fantastic products which are included in the Breast Essentials List on the following blogs:
Chubs and Love is giving away a Thrupenny Bits pillow
Three Years and Home is giving away a babasling
Mega Competitions For National Breastfeeding Week UK
Keep calm and relax! Use a nursing pillow 🙂
Top breastfeeding tip:
Get to know who is out there to help and support you- Peer support is invaluable.
My favourite benefit of breastfeeding, is the closeness you have with baby, the bond, the skin to skin cuddles, and the special milky smile only a mum see’s as baby looks up from her breast.
The bonding you get through breastfeeding is incredible – having formula fed my first child, then breastfed a child for 28 months, I really notice a difference in that regard
top tip – stick with it, its worth it!
I love the fact my baby get’s exctly what she needs, whenever she wants it, right temp, and for free!
antibodies which protects baby
Bonding and loosing weight .x
It’s the best way to bond with my little baby!
I used lanolin ointment on my nipples faithfully morning and night and never experienced any cracking or bleeding when I started nursing.
Breastfeeding protects my baby from a long list of illnesses
its natural and how nature intended you feed your baby
Milk is always ready and at the right temperature
Breast milk contains antibodies
Benefit of breastfeeding – your milk adjusts to give your baby exactly what they need, amazing stuff!
Top tip – in the beginning it can be quite difficult and draining but take each day as they come and it will get easier
My favourite benefit is being forced to relax and bond with my baby, in these rushed times, thats sometimes difficult.
top tip for breastfeeding is to relax and enjoy it, and if you’re struggling, get help from someone who knows what they’re talking about.
my favourite benefits of breastfeeding are knowing you’re giving your child the best start in life, getting all the extra cuddles, and being able to eat as much chocolate as you like!!!
My favourite benefit is the convenience, and also the amazing thought that for her first six months, my daughter was fed (almost) exclusively on stuff that came from my body!
My top tip is to find out all about the available sources of support before your baby is born, so you know where to go if you need help.
My top tip for breastfeeding would be to persevere, you will get there with patience and love. I had such a struggle to start but still going strong and would have missed out on all these precious bonding moments had I given in.
One breastfeeding benefit is the antibodies it provides baby. Fantastic that there is such a natural way of giving them protection.
Get as much support as you can!
I love the special bond we have because of it.
My favourite benefit has to be the bond & closeness of mummy & baby. Also the ease compared to bottles and formula!
It’s very convenient, no waiting around to make bottles
My favourite thing about breastfeeding has to be that it’s always with you and always ready. And top tip: even if it’s not the problem it can often be a solution 🙂
Ive not breastfed yet, as baby is still growing inside. But i am looking forward to it. I really hope it goes well, and i think ill definitely invest in a feeding pillow for the extra support, and have my sister on speed dial for advice as she has been there and done it!
I love the snugging time you get while breastfeeding 🙂
I love that by breastfeeding I get to snuggle my baby more than anyone else. I love that im giving him optimal nutrition and we have a close bond. I just love breast feeding 🙂
The ability to feed my baby anywhere, anytime she needs it.
My fav breastfeeding benefit varies. At the moment I am enjoying the knowledge that as my son goes through a growth spurt at 9 months I am more than adequately equipped to provide whaat he needs and help him through this. I love the comfort that we both get from breastfeeding.
My top tip would be to keep a muslin cloth with in easy reach of anywhere you may sit down to feed. I have cloths in coat pockets on the sofa and the armchair in the bed room in the car … everywhere!
One benefit of breastfeeding is being able to soothe your child instantly when they are upset.
It’s just so easy, specially on the go
Ensure you have a good latch and it should all go pretty smoothly.
I love the nutrition he gets and it all from me- nothing else (maybe a little help from his dad if I express but thats rare) 🙂
I’m not sure that have a top tip for breastfeeding as we’ve had lots of problems with her latch but I would probably say don’t expect it all to click into place immediately- mum and baby both need to learn what to do. Try to relax and don’t focus too much on your baby’s weightloss in their early days- they are more than likely getting exactly the amount they need from you.
I think the best benefits are knowing that I’m doing the best thing for my daughter for her health now and in the future, it’s always there on tap when she needs or wants it and best for me is that it’s free and also means I can carry on eating what I want because “the baby wants it”
What amazing competitions!x
A benefit of breastfeeding is that it provides your baby with antibodies which protects baby from illness
There are so many benefits (always on tap! no sterilising! it’s free! good for you and baby!) but I think my favourite is that it forces you to stop and have quiet, close time with your little one. My top tip would be not to be afraid of co-sleeping, especially in the early days – it makes the night time feeds so much easier, you both get more sleep and I believe it helped my milk supply get established.
Initially my favourite benefit was that it’s free. Now I love how much better my sleep is, how easy it is and how it gave me a way to comfort my children as well as provide them with nutrition.
Don’t set a time limit on how long you plan on breastfeeding for, just take each day, then week at a time and before you know it you’re at 6 months with a happy healthy baby! 🙂
My favourite benefit is the protection it gives me and my children
Bonding and losing weight!
Top tip is to take each breastfeed one at a time, don’t set your goals too wide, before you know it baby will be a year and you will have done amazing xx
Benefit of breastfeeding is the fact that you are providing everything that your baby needs right from the very start xx
We have an easy way to get our baby to sleep and the whole house gets a good sleep!
breast feeding is just so natural, so conviniant 🙂
I am a midwife and soon-to-be first time mum, and am a huuuuuuge breastfeeding advocate and will be feeding our baby until she decides she no longer wants to 🙂 My bit of breastfeeding advice is that it doesn’t just have to stop at filling baby’s tum- breast milk is epic stuff, full of antibodies and goodness, and can be used for all kinds of things! Sticky newborn eyes, cord detachment, sore nipples, nappy rash- put some milk on it! It’s nature’s wonder balm :)x
My top tip is keep going through the tough initial bit as it gets SO much easier, you CAN do it! Ignore anyone who says you can’t, you DO have enough milk and you are built for this xx
My favourite benefit of breastfeeding is my children’s optimal health.
My favourite thing about breastfeeding is that it makes me have time to sit down and relax! The rest of my day is pretty hectic and i love having time out with my little boy. My top tip is that your confidence will grow as your baby does, just believe in yourself and b proud of being a breastfeeding mama 🙂
One (selfish) benefit of breastfeeding is less washing up!
So many benefits of breastfeeding. I just love the closeness and health benefits and best of all its convenient and free.
The best thing is the convenience. The best tip I have is to read up lots and join an online community which supports bf, there are many and I don’t know if any are better than others but its great to have people on hand to answer questions 24/7 – yes there is always someone doing nightfeeds online!
One benefit of breastfeeding is that it provides your baby with antibodies that it can protect your baby from illness
My top tip for breastfeeding is to learn how to feed in a lying down position as it can really help with the night feeds 🙂
bonding with your LO
My favourite benefit for them is the boost it gives their immune systems, even when over 2. The best benefit for me is the convenience and the ‘solves everything’ nature of shoving a boob in!!!
I suffer from a lot of allergies along with asthma and eczema, so I love the fact that by breastfeeding my little girl I can hopefully protect her from suffering the same.
Benefit of breastfeeding is the skin-to-skin and bonding time you get with your baby when you’re both completely relaxed
I’m hoping it will help get my shape back. At the moment I may be as round as I am tall. Haven’t actually checked but it seems that way!
Top tip from my friend is to make sure you persist with it.
I am expecting twins in the next couple of weeks so my favourite benefit at the moment would have to be the money we’ll save!
It’s made just for baby and helps hem grow at the correct rate with an added bonus of antibodies from mum too!!
Breastfeeding gives your baby antibodies and stops them from catching lots of illnesses.
My top top for breastfeeding is to relax, try different positions and phone a lactation consultant if you have any problems.
My favourite thing about breastfeeding is how convenient it is. 🙂 x
My top tip for breastfeeding would be to try and find a support group near you and go along. Mine is full of lovely women and helpful advice
My favourite breastfeeding benefit is that it’s the natural thing to do and it comes with a loooooong list of benefits.
Great competitions to reward breast feeding mummies
I’m loving this scavenger hunt! 🙂
Health & immunity
Amazing way to make people more aware of the benefits of breastfeeding!! its so addictive loving the prizes
Don’t watch the clock to see how often or how long your baby is nursing. Instead, go with your instincts. If your baby is rooting around or crying, then feed him or her — even if you just did. @anna8301
Always fresh, warm, free milk @anna8301
My number one benefit of Breastfeeding has to be that breast milk is the most PERFECT thing I could ever give to my baby 🙂
Even the chance that it will help me to avoid cancer, but mostly the immunity it gives my children.
if fast and free x
For us it’s the immunity it gives them, and the bonding, both singly with me their mum and with each other tandem feeding.
🙂 the bonding you get from breast feeding special time with your baby that noone else can offer 🙂
the closeness and knowing im all she needs x
builds babys immune system 🙂
My milk is tailor-made just for my son, it’s perfect! xx
Finally I love that special bond you get between mum and baby it is lovely
For me one of the benefits that I have had from breastfeeding is that has kept my periods away, I am now at 15 months without!
I love that it always there perfect temperature and ready to go thats definately a benefit!
I love the amazing benefits for the baby – they get all that immunity and protection and its better than anything you can buy.
healthy baby 🙂
For me a big part of why I want to breastfeed is the health benefits for the baby. The fact that it will help protect the baby from infections and diseases is a big benefit!
Thing I love about breastfeeding – it makes my daughters happy!
My top tip is to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding before you have the baby, so you know what’s normal and what isn’t
a benefit of breastfeeding is antibodies being passed to baby
wow amazing prizes , i love the bond you are able to get between mummy and baby 🙂
Do not worry about what other people think – be confident and relaxed when feeding.
My favourite benefit of breastfeeding is the convenience. Not having to take so much equipment around makes life easier for me to get out of the house. I love how easy it is to soothe a grumpy child too.
My top tip would be to identify someone before your baby is born who can talk to you about breastfeeding and help you along, I had a couple of people and I don’t think I would have established breastfeeding without them, especially as the Community Midwifery team didn’t help at all.
My top tip is don’t worry what others might say or do – be confident and others won’t bother you.
Health benefits for the baby – no tummy bugs for my boys!
Some great prizes available here!
I am excited to be able to try breast feeding for the first time when my daughter arrives (hopefully) in a few weeks time!
The benefits seem to be amazing – I am particularly looking forward to feeling the bond with her as she feeds 🙂
As a low income family it is amazing that we can feed our babies for no cost as well, booby milk will save us a fortune!
I love the fact that breast milk really boosts the babies immune system as well, the research shows much lower rates of illness in breast fed babies 🙂
I love that breastfeeding soothes tears and calms tantrums.
My top tip would be not to say that you will ‘try’ to breastfeed, but to determine to do and not have a plan ‘b’. You will be far more successful.
One amazing benefit of breastfeeding is that the action of suckling helps to develop the jaw and prevents ear infections.
its free 🙂
I love breastfeeding my son, I love having him close to me. There are so many other benefits too.
I love the breast milk pendants. I’m having trouble deciding which one I want though. Maybe one for my birthday and a 2nd for Christmas??? x
One benefit is that there’s less chance of both mummy and baby picking up various nasty illnesses 🙂
I love the fact that Breastfeeding is the one thing in the world that nobody else can do for my baby but me!! It’s so special knowing that only I can provide breast milk for my baby and that it will form a closeness and a bond like no other. I find the whole experience so amazing – it blows my mind sometimes 🙂
My advice would be to just relax… Breastfeeding can become a stressful experience (especially if you let others interfere too much) – Breastfeeding is a special and unique experience between you and baby. Try to remember why you’re doing it and most importantly: PERSEVERE! It takes time! 🙂
Breastmilk can be used to fight infections and rashes, it’s free, it helps bonding, prevents cancer and disease. What’s not to love about it?
Hope it becomes more and more normal to breastfeed instead of formula feeding, its a warped reality we live in where it is in a lot of places frowned upon to breastfeed, but thought completely normal to use formula :S
Breast milk is important for a child’s development
Breastmilk is always the right temperature, sterile and ready to go!
Another benefit of breastfeeding is getting full nutrition into a picky eating toddler.
My top tip for breastfeeding is to locate your local breastfeeding support before you have your baby and make yourself contact them afterwards regardless of how it’s going.
My favourite breastfeeding benefit is the relationship that has grown up between me and my daughter because of us being close this way.
I love that my milk is instantly ready and I course that breastfeeding helps with weight lost!
You never have to worry about how long your going to be out for and will baby have enough milk, as long as you have your boobs your baby will be fed x
Top tip. Always be comfortable and have water to hand
I love that breastfeeding is free and so convenient
my top tip, take it one feed at a time and relax, trust yourself, your body and your baby you can do it
wow so many amazing prizes
I think for me the biggest benefit is the money we’ve saved and can spend on other things, we’ve had big period of unemployment and being able to feed the baby and not worry about whether we can afford to has been very reassuring
We went through that with BOTH new babies Donna, I hear you! Best of luck – I hope you/your partner finds something soon!
The bond I have with my son is incredible
You lose weight and your tummy contracts quicker
It protects your children from illness
Persevere, those first few weeks of cluster feeding are tough!
My favourite benefit is the snuggles on the sofa it forces you to take 🙂
There are so many benefits but my favourite is that it’s just so convenient. It’s one less thing for me to think about when i leave the house…can’t forget to bring my boobies!
reducing risk of illness/ infections
My favourite breastfeeding benefit is all of the lovely cuddles I get while my son is feeding.. that is unless he’s wriggling and trying to get his foot in my mouth, or his finger up my nose! Hehe! 😀 x
I have issues with the term “benefits” of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the biological norm, the default way to feed a child. Therefore it has no benefits. Those supposed health “advantages” are actually the baseline level for humanity, whereas *not* breastfeeding/giving formula increases risk. See here for more explanation: http://www.whale.to/a/wiessinger.html
Best benefit of breastfeeding is the chocolate biscuit habit I was able to cultivate without gaining weight!
I love breast feeding. It comes with its difficulties but the benefits are so worth it.
My favourite thing about feeding would be the bond it creates between you and your baby. It’s beautiful and unique.
My top tip would be to surround yourself with positive breast feeding supports. Attend your local breast feeding group to meet other mothers in the same situation. Also trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.
There are so many benefits for your babies health and well being and the convenience is amazing. Your wants feeding, you lift him/her up and voilà they’re feeding within seconds. No looking for somewhere to warm a bottle, no worrying about sterilising etc etc.
have confidence in what your doing and you and your baby will have an amazing bfing experience x
Much easier than bottles and healthier for us both
Convenience it’s easy now first few months hard
Lovely prizes and brilliant to promote breastfeeding for baby health x
love breastfeeding my daughter, so easy when going out and about and our bond is so amazing. we are both so relaxed too. also the health benefits are great
a good tip to remember when feeding is to not rush things, this cause stress for both you and baby, take as long as it takes for your baby to feed
My favourite breastfeeding benefit is the fact that it requires no preparation or equipment …. I can hardly leave my breasts at home!! 🙂
The ability to soothe and comfort my child at any time, any place, anywhere. <3
I love the closeness that breastfeeding brings, the ability to soothe and comfort my child at any time, any place, anywhere
Its what baby should be eating naturally! its what my boobs are for
I don’t have any tips, as I’ve not started yet but it’s cheaper and eco-friendly too.
more healthier than bootle stops more infections x
My favourite breastfeeding benefit is the fact that I know my baby is getting the perfect balance of nutrition without me having to think about it!
Amazing competitions. It’s so exciting.