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Top 10 lactogenic foods: Barley – for breastfeeding mums

As a child of the 70s, say the word Barley and I think ‘Water’ (Mallet’s Mallet style) – the image that pops into my head is that of Robinson’s Barley Water. And perhaps summer. And tennis. The other thing that comes to mind, as someone whose mum is a coeliac,… read more


Contented Calf Media Coverage: June 2014

Please check out our June 2014 Contented Calf media coverage: June 2014 : Women’s Fitness : Easy as A, B, C New mum? The Contented Calf Cookbook is packed with recipe ideas for breastfeeding mums that help to heathily promote milk production and boost energy. The tasty meals can also be frozen –… read more


Mums Love The Contented Calf Cookbook (Mumpreneur UK & Babyworld.co.uk Awards)

Ever since we first launched The Contented Calf Cookbook at the end of 2011, people have loved it, especially mums – which is good, as that’s who it’s for! And it seems that the more people who know about the more, the more praise it gets. The M:UK Product Awards… read more


Contented Calf Media Coverage: May 2014

Please check out our May 2014 Contented Calf media coverage: May 2014 : Baby & Me : At your fingertips It’s now easier than ever to cook-up an array of deliciously nutritious dishes for nursing mothers. The award-winning Contented Calf Cookbook now comes as an e-book, so all the nourishing recipes… read more


Top 10 lactogenic foods: Apricots – helping with a low milk supply

As well as tasting great, apricots are the friend of breastfeeding mums. They are one of our top ten lactogenic foods and can aid with a low milk supply, so let’s find out a bit more about them. Usually referring to the species Prunus armeniaca, an apricot is a small,… read more


Contented Calf Media Coverage: April 2014

Please check out our April 2014 Contented Calf media coverage: April 2014 : Absolutely Richmond: The Contented Calf – Mother’s Milk Richmond mum Elena Cimelli has released her award-winning recipe book for nursing mothers, The Contented Calf Cookbook, as a digital cookbook along with a new, smaller selection of recipes in a… read more


Breastfeeding, Low Milk Supply & Formula Feeding: ‘Spotty Baby’ Guest Post

Our breastfeeding formula There are a number of themes that tend to reoccur on this blog and on our Facebook pages: health, nutrition, breastfeeding (naturally), how what we eat can affect our health, and how formula is not the devil. These are all things I feel passionate about. So that’s… read more


Low Milk Supply – Top 10 Lactogenic Foods: Almonds

Look up the definition of ‘almond’ and you will get something along the lines of the dictionary.com reference: A small widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Prunus amygdalus, that is native to W Asia and has pink flowers and a green fruit containing an edible nut-like seed. The oval-shaped nut-like edible seed of this plant, which has a yellowish-brown shell [i]. General Health & Nutrition There are many reasons why we at Contented Calf love them. One serving of almonds (28 grams, or about 23 almonds) contains: Healthy fat:… read more


Nursing in Public – A Satire: Guest Post from OrganaMama, Christina More

As regulars of this blog will know from Contented Calf you will get no pressure, no judgement – just support of your choice when it comes to breastfeeding, or in fact not breastfeeding. This is something I feel passionately about and why I strongly support the #ISupportYou movement (read more… read more


Beneficial bacteria found in breast milk: Guest blog from Jo Saunders

As regular followers of Contented Calf will know, I’m very interested in healthy eating – particularly since having my first daughter four years ago and realising just how much energy is required to raise a child – at all ages and stages! Plus I’ve been featuring some guest bloggers on… read more


I was simply recovering from a ‘forgotten I was (so very) pregnant moment’: Guest post from Teddington Midwives

There I was: huge pregnant belly, bent over double, holding on to the rails round the luggage rack on the bus, heavy breathing. “Are you OK love? Do you need a seat” “No, it’s OK thanks,” I managed to gasp between breaths. “I just need to get my breath back.”… read more


Feeding Our Children with Love: I Support You

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the struggles both breastfeeding and formula feeding mums can face with judgement, guilt or embarassment - Feeding our children with love - and how this seemed crazy to me, and it had to stop. We must must must support each other. We… read more


My Alternative List of Breastfeeding Pros & Cons

For those of you who know me and/or are a regular to this blog you will know that strange as it may seem for an author of a ‘Cookbook for Breastfeeding Mums’, I don’t tend to talk too much about breastfeeding. I believe that in the UK we have a… read more


Feeding our Children with Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘nursing in public’ aka #NIP lately, which is bizarre since I finished breastfeeding nearly six months ago. I think it’s because I’ve recently come across @Wolf_Mummy on Twitter and her tireless work to normalise breastfeeding in public and challenge head-on Tweeters who write offensive and often… read more


Cranial Osteopathy: Guest blog from Nargis Ahmad

Within minutes of being born our first daughter latched on to feed beautifully. After the shock of the initial soreness of having your nipples sucked the whole time (plus having to recover from a Day One nip), within a few weeks my nipples had gotten used to it and I… read more


Contented Cow, Contented Calf? I hope so.

For a website that sells a cookbook containing ‘Nourishing recipes for breastfeeding mums’, you might have noticed a low level, particularly on the blog, of breastfeeding information, news and opinion.  Slightly strange, yes. But deliberate. There are many countries around the world where there is little to no information about breastfeeding, and campaigns… read more


Vitamin D and Breastfeeding, by Eating For Breastfeeding

Is your newborn getting enough Vitamin D? Does breastmilk really provide everything your newborn needs to have the best possible start? Just about, yes. But recent studies show it might be lacking one critical vitamin and hormone, Vitamin D. In this video, Registered Dietician Stacy VanBibber from EatingForBreastfeeding.com, talks about why… read more