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category: Breastfeeding

Our formula to thrive: Guest post from Spotty Baby

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 why (along with… read more

Top 10 Lactogenic Foods: Almonds

Look up the definition of ‘almond’ and you will get something along the lines of the 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]. For a breastfeeding mum, they are one of our Top 10 Lactogenic Foods, helping to support or increase your breast milk supply. In Mother Food: A Breastfeeding… 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, talks about why… read more