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My ‘Mummy Health’: Time Out

Time out. Two words that strike not fear as such, but complete frustration into the heart of my 4YO. (It’s still very much a fun game for 2YO, so not as effective.) Time out for 4YO is one of the worst things that can happen to her – she is… 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


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


Five Fat Facts

I’ve always been a firm believer in: eating fat does not make you fat. Well, I had a little wobble when I started uni. However, in general I’ve been a full fat milk, butter and cheese kind of a gal. Originally, without any real evidence to back up my belief,… 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 could have danced all night… And still have begged for more.

In the words of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady: I could have danced all night! I could have danced all night! And still have begged for more…. I could have spread my (swan) wings And done a thousand things I’ve never done before. I’ll never know what made it so… 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


Boxing Boot Camp: Days Four & Five

It’s lunch-time on Tuesday, the week after Boxing Boot Camp and I can proudly report: I did it!! Every morning for five days in a row, I got up at 5:30am and exercised for a whole hour before the day officially started. And overall it was great! It must have… read more


Boxing Boot Camp: Day Three

Day Three and I’m starting to get into my stride. Woke at 5:29, grabbed remote, turned the power off as soon as I heard the *pubp*, grabbed phone AND hair band and normal clips and snuck downstairs. Freshened up, clothes on, fruit juice drunk and I was out the door… read more


Boxing Boot Camp: Day Two

As I start to type it’s 8:15am and my arms feel a little bit weak and shaky. Yes, it was Day Two of Boxing Boot Camp this morning. So how is it going so far? Well, the last 36 hours or so have had an incredible dream-like quality to them…. read more


Boxing Boot Camp: Day One

 *pubp* My radio alarm powers up. I lean over, grab the remote and turn it off before it actually starts. I gently push back the covers and tiptoe out of bed. I un-plug my phone and use the light to find my hair brush and a hair band and creep out… 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


The Diary of ‘Personally Trained’ Mummy, aged 30+, Weeks Three & Four

I’m sure effective exercise is all about stops and starts, peaks and troughs.  This is good, because if Week Three was a peak, Week Four was definitely a trough. Week Three Monday: Walked the 25 minutes to nursery, then ran back home from nursery. After the previous week’s 8 run… read more


The Diary of ‘Personally Trained’ Mummy, aged 30+, Week Two

Right-i-ho, so after my first proper week exercising, *ahem* I mean Training, how did I get on during Week Two? Not bad, I have to say – I’d give myself a B+.  Or am I being overly generous? What do you think? Week Two Monday: Walked the 25 minutes to… read more


The Diary of ‘Personally Trained’ Mummy, aged 30+, Week One

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently engaged the services of a personal trainer for Hubby and myself. I’m definitely not trying to lose weight. (Running around after a very active toddler sees me a stone lighter than before I was pregnant!) But for months now (22?)… read more