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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

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

Contented Calf Media Coverage: March 2014

Please check out our March 2014 Contented Calf media coverage: March 2014 : TIPS Unlimited: The Contented Calf – Nourishing recipes for breastfeeding mums As a passionate supporter of all things breastfeeding, I was intrigued to find out more about this innovative cookbook. Aimed at breastfeeding mothers this book is not only… 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

Low Milk Supply – 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]. 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

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

Contented Calf Media Coverage: February 2014

Please check out our February 2014 Contented Calf media coverage: 19th February 2014 : Worcester News family page : Eat well for you and baby, it’s a mum’s best friend WHEN thinking about breastfeeding, new mums often focus on their baby’s nutrition and forget they also need to be taking care of themselves too. Getting… 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