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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


Going for Gold…. and we got it! (Mumpreneur UK Gold Website Award)

As you are no doubt aware, we recently re-vamped our website. The aim was to keep the same friendly feel, but to make it even easier to navigate. Hopefully you love it as much as we do. Mumpreneur UK certainly does. We are super excited that the Contented Calf website… read more


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]. 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


International Day of Happiness: “Thank you for the days…”

Today is International Day of Happiness. This is well-timed for me, as I’ve recently been reflecting on happiness and positivity. I’ve always been a positive person. I tend to be of the belief that we only have one life, so we might as well make the most of it, and… read more


Parents Evening? And I’m the parent. Really…??

Last week was parents evening at 4YO’s school. Naturally it fell (yet again) on a week when hubby was away and couldn’t make it. Luckily my wonderful friend, neighbour and fellow reception-parent had a later appointment than me, so offered to look after (and feed – thank you lots!) 4YO… 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


2014: New year, new routine

For most people the new year starts on the 1st January. For me it’s normally March (see 2011 post Happy New Year!!). But this year, I’m upping my game bringing it forward: 1st February 2014 will officially start New Year in the Contented Calf house. There are a number of… read more


Twickenham ten years on: making new friends

The start of a new year is always a time for reflection isn’t it? And over this Christmas and New Year period I got to thinking. We have lived in our house ten years this summer, and in Twickenham ten years October just gone. That’s a long time!! And I… read more


Going Back to My Roots: Blonde Ambition

I’m a blonde. Well, ish. When I was very young I was a natural blonde. Then as my hair began to darken, along came my discovery of Sun-In. (Come on, admit it – we’ve all been there! That chemically smelly not really being masked by ‘lemon’ fragrance….) And this became… read more


Read all about it!! (Richmond & Twickenham Times and Achieve Magazine)

Autumn/Winter Issue – Achieve Magazine: in the ‘Feeding Time’ section (p. 37) Having stock piled the freezer with food ahead of the birth (of her first daughter) Elena consequently discovered that some foods have lactogenic properties which were reputed to help build up milk production.   Tuesday 13th August 2013… 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 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


A New Term, a New Chapter: School

September: the start of a new term; the start of a new school year (a little later than most for us newbie reception class parents); very much feeling like the start of a new season; and the start of a new chapter in the Contented Calf household. As I sit here,… 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


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


We won!! Both Silver & ‘Gold’! (Loved By Parents & Jaqueline Gold #WOW Awards)

We did it!! Thanks to all your fabulous voting, The Contented Calf Cookbook won a Silver Lovedbyparents Award in the ‘Best Innovative Gift Under £50′ category. I’m truly honoured to have won such an award. As the organisers of the awards say themselves: “We have been truly amazed by the standard of submissions once… read more


I’m Leaning In – to work, and motherhood

It’s funny how in life sometimes things come together at the same time isn’t it? For me this has come in the form of reading Sheryl Sandberg’s excellent book, Lean In, and attending the first ever Mumsnet Workfest this weekend. Although I’d heard her name, I first took more notice… read more

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