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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

The history of dates as a top 10 lactogenic food The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) is a tree of western Asia and northern Africa that is cultivated also in the United States, South Asia, and Australia. It bears clusters of edible sweet fruit – dates. Have dates always been considered… 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


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


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

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