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Breast Milk Production and Diet

a) Anatomy of the human breast The inside of a breast looks like a bush – with the nipple being the stump of the bush and the milk duct ‘branches’ and alveoli ‘leaves’ fanning out inside. It is composed of essentially four parts: alveoli or glands, milk ducts and fat, plus connective tissue. The alveoli group together into larger… read more


School’s (Nearly) Out For The Summer!

As I write this (or at least start to), it’s Tuesday on the last week of school, before the girls break up for the Summer. And I’m going to utter those words that all parents utter at this time of the year “WHERE on earth did this year go….? How… read more


Eight Years On….

(12:30 Saturday afternoon) Back in the Summer of 2010 as my daughter was approaching her first birthday, I wrote a blog called “It Takes Nine Months…” In it I talked about how I’d struggled to fine my sense of ‘self’ after having our first baby, how I’d struggled to reconcile… read more


Mentioned in the Metro: The Contented Calf Cookbook

Breastfeeding: Why you might not be producing enough breast milk and how you can boost supply Thursday 1st Feb 2018 << There are plenty of things you can do to help protect and maintain your supply. Make sure you drink plenty of water, as your body needs to stay hydrated to… read more


Fennel good for breastfeeding: A Top 10 Lactogenic Food

Fennel: good for breastfeeding, but what is it? Fennel is a flowering plant in the carrot family, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves, and is originally indigenous to the Mediterranean coast.[1] The bulb of the plant canbe eaten as a vegetable, as can the stalks. The seeds are often used as… read more


The Accidental 1950s Housewife

“Oooh, I could quite get used to this” I thought as I knelt on the lawn, trowel in handing ‘doing some gardening’ and alternating between listening to Radio Four and One. “I quite like being a housewife.” It was summer 2009 and I’d been on maternity leave less than a… read more


Sometimes… But today…

Sometimes Sometimes the girls go to bed easily. Teeth, stories, songs, reading, lights out, sleep. Sometimes we then have the energy and time to tidy round the downstairs fully. And make their pack lunches the night before. Sometimes we’re on top of homework, and it’s all ready to hand in,… read more


Friday Night: Parent-style

Friday Night: Going Out From sixth-form though to my mid-twenties, Friday night would mean only one thing: Going Out. Oooh, how I loved it! It wasn’t just the going out part. It was the Getting Ready. Sometimes on your own, but mostly with a whole group of girls, outfits would… read more


California Dreaming: Hello from the other side* (of the Atlantic)

* credit Adele. As my lovely co-author, Jassy Davis of Gin & Crumpets fame, recently reminded me, it’s five years since we got our hands on the first sample copies of The Contented Calf Cookbook. Five years! Wow. It feels simultaneously both like a lifetime ago and yet just a blink… read more


17 Things I now do in, on or around the loo

I realised something the other day (whilst sitting on the loo): before I had kids, I never really thought about what I did in, on or around the loo. I don’t think anyone does to be fair. All that happened in them / on them were Number Ones, Number Twos, ‘Ladies Business’… read more


Combining Breast And Bottle Feeding: when you want to do both

When I was pregnant and then a very new mum, I heard time and time again: “it’s so important to establish breastfeeding well in the early days”. Aside from not really knowing exactly how (other than a correct hold and latch, practiced as much as one can with a plastic… read more


Living clean and green – 12 ways I succeed; 10 ways I don’t

One of my lasting memories of growing up is rushing home from school on a Friday, running into the kitchen, throwing open the cupboard and hearing that satisfying ‘pffssst..’ as I opened a bottle of ‘Friday Fizz’. No, my sister and I were not under-age Champagne connoisseurs. It was just… read more


Top 10 lactogenic food: Dates, food for breastfeeding

So why are dates such a great top 10 lactogenic food? Tryptophan Dates contain Tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of the 10 essential amino acids that the body uses to create the proteins it needs. In particular, tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin (our feel-good neurotransmitter). Seratonin supports the chemistry of… read more


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


Fall into Autumn, with 20% discount from Contented Calf!

Leaves are falling With the Indian Summer seemingly now over and storms predicted for the coming week, it looks like the seasons are changing, and Autumn is well and truly upon us. (The good news though is darker evenings and mornings do give us a little more hope that we… read more


The Contented Calf Cookbook is Loved By Parents

We are thrilled to announce that The Contented Calf Cookbook is the Silver Winner of Best Innovative Gift Under £50 in the Loved By Parents Awards 2014. Hundreds of brands from all over the world entered this years Loved By Parents Awards. After six months of work and testing, the short-list was produced. Over 50,000 public votes… read more


Vote for Contented Calf in the Loved By Parents Awards 2014

We are thrilled to announce that The Contented Calf Cookbook has been short-listed for Best Product For Breastfeeding AND Best Innovative Gift Under £50 in the Loved By Parents Awards 2014. Hundreds and hundreds of products were entered into this years awards from all over the world. Products were tested… 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

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