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Welcome to our blog

March 6th, 2008 · 20 Comments

Breastfeeding is an amazing achievement. Not just for babies who benefit from the nutrients contained in real baby milk, but also for their mums, partners and families.

THE CAMPAIGN

The Be a Star campaign is dedicated to increasing the number of young mums who choose to breastfeed. We hope to do this by showcasing the beauty, confidence and pride that comes with breastfeeding, as well as providing breastfeeding information and support and highlighting the unique health benefits that it brings to both baby and mum.

We have created this blog to provide breastfeeding advice and information and to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved in our growing community of breastfeeding mums - to take part in topical discussions, share tips and support other mums with your advice and experience.

If there are any topics you would like to see covered on the blog, or if you require information that you can’t find here, please click here to email us your thoughts/ suggestions.

You can also access information in the main section of the blog and locate your nearest children’s centre local support section.

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We are keen to hear from you, not just your experiences of breastfeeding (click here to post your experience), but your comments on the campaign and blog, so please do log in and get posting.

If you know any other mums or expectant mums who need breastfeeding advice and support, forward on our details and let’s work together to help more mums choose to breastfeed. Equally, if you know any mum whose family or partner are struggling with the idea of them breastfeeding, ask them to log on for breastfeeding advice and support that is relevant to them.

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Lydia Maidment, Nottingham

October 19th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Lydia Maidment, Nottingham

LYDIA MAIDMENT FROM NOTTINGHAM,
WITH 7-MONTH-OLD BABY JARED

Lydia lives in Nottingham with her son, Jared. Before she became a mum, Lydia worked full-time and, in her own word, “didn’t know the meaning of the word tired!”. She went back to work after her first child, and will be going back to work again next month when her maternity leave ends. When she does, she will be juggling part-time work with family life.

Please explain why you’ve chosen to breastfeed?
I wanted to give my baby the best start in life that I could. I also wanted to make sure that I developed a really close bond and relationship with Jared. Breastfeeding was something that only I could do for Jared and I think that that makes it really special.

What did the people around you think of your decision to breastfeed?
My family have all been amazing and supportive. I know that they are proud of me for breastfeeding and they all love what a chubby happy breastfed baby Jared is.

What general advice would you give to expectant mums considering breastfeeding?
I would say that the first few weeks can be tough but well worth it. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you can provide exactly what your baby needs. The benefits are great; you get your figure back quicker. It’s good to wear layers to help feed discreetly. The most important thing for me was having a well-fitted, supportive bra. Don’t be afraid to express regularly in the first few weeks if your breasts are engorged. It is harder for your baby to latch on when your breast is hard and expressing even an ounce can make it a lot easier for your baby to feed.

What advice would you give to mums whose partner/friends/parents disapprove of breastfeeding?
I would say ignore them; it’s your body that has grown the baby and your decision as to how and when you feed them. If anyone has been negative about me breastfeeding I have told them the benefits to my baby and pointed out that I would rather spend time cuddling my baby than sterilising bottles!

Do you think that there are any drawbacks to breastfeeding?
During the first few weeks your nipples can become very sore. It also means that you have to do all the night feeds! But it’s well worth it and saves you time in the long run, so give it a go!

Did you speak to anyone for advice or do any research about feeding?
I talked to my mum and granny, which helped me to make the decision. When my first child was born I also had brilliant support from a specialist breastfeeding midwife. So with Jared I was ready and had already found a breastfeeding group to go to before he was born, I would really recommend going to a group, it’s really good to talk to other mums who understand how you’re feeling and just chatting will pass on amazing advice.

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Rosie Lambert, Nottingham

October 19th, 2012 · No Comments

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ROSIE LAMBERT FROM NOTTINGHAM,
WITH 14-WEEK-OLD BABY ELIZABETH

Rosie lives in Nottingham with her daughter, Elizabeth. Before she became a mum, Rosie completed her studies and worked full-time for a customer service company. Before having children she used to enjoy socialising with family and friends, eating out and travelling. Rosie gave birth to her son, Joe, in 2010 and is now on maternity leave again following the birth of her daughter, Elizabeth.

Please explain why you’ve chosen to breastfeed?
The main reason why I have chosen to breastfeed Elizabeth is for the health benefits (for us both!). I wanted to give her the best start in life and know that my breast milk is best for her. I worked out that I save approximately £64 a month by breastfeeding, which is a real bonus too! I didn’t feed my son, Joe, and feel guilty about that now.

What did the people around you think of your decision to breastfeed?
My family and friends were all really supportive and accepted my decision. My partner does feel like he has missed out on feeding Elizabeth, but has been so hands on that is has not affected their bonding. Unlike when we bottle-fed our son, he feels like he is unable to provide everything she needs but has still been very supportive. If your partner feels the same way, reassure him that there are loads of things he can do to bond with baby, like bath-time.

What general advice would you give to expectant mums considering breastfeeding?
Don’t be afraid, don’t be worried and don’t be embarrassed - breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world!

What advice would you give to mums whose partner/friends/parents disapprove of breastfeeding?
If you want to breastfeed your baby, then breastfeed your baby. If people around you disapprove, try talking to them to find out why, and discuss the benefits with them. At the end of the day, breastfeeding is best for you and your baby so if you feel you can do it, you should go with it!

Do you think that there are any drawbacks to breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding takes longer than bottle feeding, unless you express other people cannot help and breastfeeding in public can take a bit of getting used to… but it is SO rewarding and such a great way to bond with your baby which greatly outweighs all the little drawbacks.

Did you speak to anyone for advice or do any research about feeding?
As I bottle-fed my first baby I didn’t really know much about breastfeeding. My midwife spoke to me about breastfeeding at my antenatal appointments, and a parent education class at the hospital looked at breastfeeding too. The information I received made me aware of all the benefits and as a result I decided to give it a go!

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Star Stories: Emily and Ethan

October 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Star Stories

My name is Emily. I am a 20-year-old woman with a 9-month-old little boy named Ethan. I am breastfeeding still to this day. You hear that there are plenty of reasons to breastfeed, such as having an unbreakable bond, helping to fight obesity, eczema and more – they were only some of the reasons why I chose to breastfeed. You always hear that “breast is best”, but knowing I’ve given my little man the best start in life is incredible and unbelievable.

 

Emily and Ethan

 

I knew about the benefits of breastfeeding and how much It helped the baby, but deep down that wasn’t enough, because I was the one that was going to have to feed him all the time. I was scared of the criticism that I was going to face in public because all the people I knew bottle-fed. It took me a while to actually to tell my partner I wanted to breastfeed who, to my surprise, actually wanted me to breastfeed in the first place! It was daunting knowing that my little one depended on me for everything and that I was the only one who could feed him. After all that worry, I’m so glad I stuck to my word and breastfed – it is honestly the best thing that I could do and knowing he’s growing up well all because of me is quite amazing!

 

I’m so glad that my partner has been beside me the whole way because it helps having someone there to support you through it. We have both learnt so much about breastfeeding and that’s all since I decided to do it. I’m glad no one has actually said anything negative about it – I think that was the most worrying thing for me. Everyone has been so supportive and I’ve even been able to convince them to breastfeed when they have children!

 

Everyone has been so…

 

At the beginning when I started breastfeeding I fount it difficult because I was in hospital over night and all Ethan wanted to do was feed – it was draining. I also had sore nipples from taking him off the breast with him still sucking. After my milk came through it made my life 100 times easier. It really doesn’t hurt like most people think.

 

I think that breastfeeding has had some amazing benefits for me – I have an unbreakable bond with my little boy and best of all, he isn’t becoming ill very often, I’m not worrying about his weight and he is growing up beautifully. I do believe that breastfeeding is the fourth stage of pregnancy and if you can do it, you should. The reasons I choose breast over bottle is because I couldn’t be doing with sterilizing bottles all the time, warming milk up in the night and hearing my baby cry at the same time. There are so many different things in formula that I didn’t know about, also breast milk is there when needed and at

the right temperature which is so much easier for me!

 

Why should I have to feed…

 

Breast feeding in public places must be one of the bravest things I’ve done, but I did it because why should I sit on a toilet seat feeding my baby when I can do it in a cafe have a cup of tea and feed my baby? I was shaking the whole time I did it but after the first time, I realised no one actually cared or even looked, my confidence grew after a few times and still to this day I have not had one complaint, if a baby is fed with a bottle and not been given a second look, it should be the same for breast fed babies!

 

When feeding out in Nottingham there has only been a few places I’ve fed my little one, only because all the feeding rooms are in places I never go such as Debenhams or House of Frazer. I have only learnt about these recently, I usually just feed in cafes because I can sit and have a drink and some cake. There are cubical things in the Victoria Centre, which I don’t really like because it makes me feel kind of isolated and uncomfortable.

 

I know how it is being a young mum, and having to make hard decisions. Breastfeeding is hard but worth it just like being a mummy. I have had an unbelievable experience and I’m definitely going to do it with any more children I have. I’m sad that Ethan’s feeds are going down but I know that I’ve done my best and given him the very best start I could have ever done.

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Star Stories: Mariya and Kasharn

September 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Star Stories

Hi — I’m an 18-year-old mum with an 8-month old baby boy, I am currently breast feeding. I never really had to think about how to feed my baby I just did what felt natural to me, I didn’t really know about breast feeding but was aware that members of my family had breastfed and they seemed to cope OK. I was really surprised at the reaction of people around me — they were all very impressed that I had made the decision as a young mum to breastfeed my baby.

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I may have been very lucky as I didn’t have any difficulties with breastfeeding although the first couple of months do take getting used to when you are not in complete control of your body — but I didn’t think this was too much of a sacrifice as the benefits of breastfeeding far out weighed any initial concerns I had.

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One of the benefits to breastfeeding is that it is so convenient. If you are out and about, and your baby is hungry food comes at the right temperature and you never had to worry about it being too hot or too cold! I don’t have to carry bottles and formula milk when out visiting people either, which is great. it was a bit uncomfortable at first, feeding Kasharn in public places, but fortunately the few times I have done it, I have been able to be discreet which has meant that my baby is not missing out on going places with friends and family!

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I strongly recommend breastfeeding to all mums young or older if you can. I gave it a try and 8-months later I am still feeding my baby! Good luck in what ever decision you make.

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Nottingham City

May 24th, 2012 · No Comments

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ROSIE LAMBERT

Rosie Lambert is mum to 14-week-old daughter Elizabeth. Click below to read more about Rosie and her reasons for breastfeeding.

Click here to read more about Rosie Lambert and her advice

Lydia Maidment, Nottingham

LYDIA MAIDMENT

Lydia is mum to 7-month-old Jared. Click below to read more about Lydia and her reasons for breastfeeding.

Click here to read more about Lydia Maidment and her advice

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Star Stories: Terri and Max

May 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Star Stories

Even before I was pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed, for a selfish reason though – I had heard that it’ll help get the baby weight off and that’s all I knew really. The second we had found out I was pregnant though that all changed, I wanted to breastfeed after reading more about it, to give our child the best start in life we possibly could.

Star Stories: Terri and Max

Let me just start by saying that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and it’s a personal choice. For me, with our first child, it was extremely difficult. I gave birth to Oliver at the age of 28 and started to breastfeed straight away. Unfortunately I felt there was no support in the hospital at all, all they did was ask if he had fed, which he had and then I was discharged.  I’d never breastfed before and just assumed it was that easy, it wasn’t! What followed was 5 days of zero sleep and a very unhappy baby.  My husband, Mike, was extremely supportive but there is only so much he can do so was suffering his own battle of feeling completely useless.

Nothing beats…

Oliver wasn’t latching on properly, I didn’t know what was wrong and I still now can’t put my finger on what I was exactly doing incorrectly – I think I was being impatient coupled with me assuming he didn’t like my breast milk.  I did mention it to the midwife but when she would come round that would be the one time a feed would go well.  By day five I was highly frustrated and felt like a complete failure to find out that, as Oliver had now lost nearly 1lb (bearing in mind his birth weight was only 6lb 9oz)  I was being sent to the hospital.
Hospital was a humongous shock.

The doctors confirmed there was nothing wrong and it was just the latching on that was a problem and the plan was to feed every 2 hours which included me having to express and give a cup feed after the breastfeed. Oliver put on 1 ounce over a 24 hour period so it was agreed that feeding was now established and just to keep it up.  I had to do this for 3 months but I never gave up, yes I thought about it but as I said earlier we wanted our baby to have the best start in life and with all the benefits - for example, a great way to bond, protects baby against infections and diseases, you always have a meal with you and at the right temperature, no faffing in the night trying to sort out a bottle, protects me from breast and ovarian cancer and its free! - I just was not prepared to give up.

I never gave up…

The only downsides I find are there are not many places around that offer the facilities to breastfeed your baby.  Some people are comfortable with breastfeeding in public but I do feel the public at large still don’t really like to see it no matter how discreet you are, I usually end up in a baby changing room/toilet cubicle which is why I sometimes express in advance if I can and give a bottle feed. Secondly breastfed babies do go less time between feeds than formula fed as the breast milk is that good for them that they digest it very easily so even at the best of times they still feed between every 2-4 hours in the night until they started on solids.

I haven’t been put off though and if anything it has made me more determined. I currently have a gorgeous 7 week old, Max, and I made sure I was definitely established breastfeeding before leaving hospital this time. To the point where even though I had him in the afternoon and they tried to discharge me that evening, I asked to stay the night, this is my right and I am happy I did it.

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Wow, this time is so much different. Experience has helped me, as well as me being a lot calmer this time around. I’m not going to say it’s been completely plain sailing, nearly every day I have a problem of Max jumping off and on the breast due to fast milk flow but I just stay calm and sometimes give us both a break for a couple of minutes and start again. Expressing some to put in the freezer for a rainy day before a feed also helps.

Max is putting on lots of weight, around 1lb per fortnight and the feeling of accomplishment is immense. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that I am the reason that this perfect little baby is flourishing and that I am doing everything possible to give him the best start in life.

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Nottingham City Local Support Details

May 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Baby Feeding Team

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, which is why Nottingham City has a dedicated peer support service to provide help and advice for new mums. You can find details of your local breastfeeding peer supporter and breastfeeding support group by calling the Baby Feeding Team on 0115 8834900.

Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme

The following retailers and outlets are committed to our Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme and will welcome you and your baby. 

Business Centres

New Brook House, 385 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, NG7 5LR,
Aspect House, Bennerley Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG8 3EY,

Cafes and Restaurants

Las Iguanas, 4 Chapel Bar, Chapel Quarter, Nottingham, NG1 6JS,

The Fat Cat Café Bar, Chapel Bar, Nottingham, NG7 6JS,

Hartley Roll, 122 Hartley Road, Radford, Nottingham, Ng7 3AJ,

Homemade, 20 Pelham Street, Nottingham, NG1 2EG,

Homemade, 632 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2GA,

Brownies Café, Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2GE,

Peachy Keens Restaurant, 114, Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LF,

Finest of Fish, 7, Hurts Yard, Nottingham, NG9 3GG,

Jukebox café, 18/20 Hartley Road, Radford, Nottingham, NG7 3AD,

Thea Caffea, Enfield Chambers, 18 Low Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 7DG,

Frothy Coffee, Victoria Market, Nottingham City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 3LP

Café Victoria, Victoria Market, Nottingham City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 3PS

Traceys, Victoria Market, Nottingham City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 3LP

Peggys Pantry, Victoria Market, Nottingham City Centre, Nottingham, NG1 3LP

Children’s Centres

Clifton Children’s Centre, Dovecote Primary School, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8EY,

Meadows Children’s Centre, Kirkby Gardens, Nottingham, NG2 2HZ,

Top Valley/Bestwood Park Childrens Centre, Skye Road, Top Valley, Nottingham, NG5 9BG,

Southglade Access Centre, Southglade Park, Southglade Road, Bestwood, Nottingham, NG5 5GU,

Basford Children’s Centre, Whitemoor Primary School, Bracknell Crescent, Whitemoor, Nottingham, NG8 5FF,

Bilborough Children’s Centre, Glenbrook Primary School,  Wigman Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4PD,

Aspley Children’s Centre, Miniver Crescent, Aspley, Nottingham, NG8 5PJ,

Aspley Amesbury Children’s Centre, Amesbury Circus, Nottingham, NG8 6DD,

Broxtowe Children’s Centre, 18 Strelley Road, Broxtowe, Nottingham, ,

St Anns South Children’s Centre, St Ann’s, Nottingham, NG3 1NH,

Radford Children’s Centre, Tennington Road, Radford, Nottingham, NG8 1QD,

Wollaton Children’s Centre, Arleston Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FZ,

Dunkirk Children’s Centre, Marlborough Street, Dunkirk, Nottingham, NG7 2LE,

Sneinton Children’s Centre, Edale Road, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4HT,

Bulwell Sure Start Children’s Centre, Steadfold Close, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8AX

Bulwell Forest Children’s Centre, Canwell Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9HJ, 0115 8765470

St anns North Children’s Centre, 589 The Wells Road, St anns, Nottingham, NG3 3 AB, 0115 9153710

Community Centres

Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre, Sneinton Boulevard, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4GN

Beechdale Community Centre, Ambergate Road, Beechdale, Nottingham, NG8 3GD

GP Surgeries 

Welbeck Surgery, 481/491 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 2JJ

Rivergreen Medical Centre, 106 South Church Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8AD

Health Centres

The Mary Potter Centre, 76 Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, Nottingham, NG7 5HY,

Sneinton Health Centre, Beaumont Street, sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4PJ,

Old Basford Health Centre, 1 Bailey Street, Old Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0HD,

Clifton Cornerstone, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8EW,

The Meadows Health Centre, 1 Bridgeway Centre, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2JG,

Healthpoint, Top Valley, Nottingham, NG5 9DD,

St Ann’s Valley Centre, 2 Livingstone Road, St Ann’s, Nottingham, NG3 3GG,

Radford Health Centre, Ilkeston Road, Radford, Nottingham, NG7 3GW,

Strelley Health Centre, 116 Strelley Road, Strelley, Nottingham, NG8 6LN,

Woolaton Vale Health Centre, Wollaton Vale, Nottingham, NG8 2GR,

Bulwell Riverside, Main Street, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8QJ,

Sherwood Health Centre, Elmswood Gardens, Sherwood, NG5 4AD,

Sherwood Rise Health Centre, 29 Nottingham Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, NG7 7AD,

Boots Health Clinic, Victoria Centre, Nottingham, ,

Nottingham Walk in Centre, Seaton House, City Link, London Road, NG2 4LA,

Hospitals

Nottingham City Hospital, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, NG5 1PB

Queens Medical Centre, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH

Leisure Centres

Southglade Leisure Centre, Southglade Road,Bestwood, Nottingham, NG5 5GU,

Beechdale Swimming Centre, Beechdale Road, Nottingham, NG8 3LL,

Ken Martin Leisure Centre, Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8AP,

Clifton Leisure Centre, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8AB,

John Carroll Leisure Centre, Denman Street, Radford, Nottingham, NG7 3PS,

Djanogly Community Leisure Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Forestfields, Nottingham, NG7 6BR,

Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2QH,

Victoria Leisure Centre, Gedling Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG1 1DB,

Leisure & Entertainment

National Ice CentreBolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA

Razzle Dazzle Pots Ltd, 852 Woodborough Road, Nottingham, NG3 5QQ

Libraries

Bakersfield Library, Watson Avenue, Bakersfield, Nottingham, NG3 7BN,

Basford Library, Vernon Road, Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0AR ,

Bilborough Library, Bracebridge Drive, Nottingham, NG8 4PN,

Bulwell Riverside Centre Library , Main St, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8QJ,

Clifton Library, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8AB,

Hyson Green Library, Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, Nottingham,  NG7 6BE,

Meadows Library, Wilford Grove, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2D,

Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HP,

Radford-Lenton Library, Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2BY,

Sherwood Library, Spondon Street, Sherwood, Nottingham , NG5 4AB,

Sneinton Library, Sneinton Boulevard, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4FD,

Southglade Park Library, Southglade Road, Bestwood, Nottingham, NG5 5GU,

St Ann’s Valley Library, St Ann’s Valley Centre, 2 Livingstone Road, St Ann’s, Nottingham, NG3 3GG,

Strelly Road Library, Strelley Road, Nottingham, NG8 3AP,

Wollaton Library, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2NA,

Markets

Old Market Square, Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 6FD

Bulwell Market, Market Place, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8HD

Hyson Green Market, Radford Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, NG7 6BE

Clifton Market, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 9LQ

St Anns Market, Robin Hood Chase, St Ann’s, Nottingham, NG3 4EZ

Bilborough market, Bracebridge Drive, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4PN

Victoria Market, Upper Mall, Victoria Centre, Nottingham, NG1 3PT

Clinton Street Market, Clinton Street, Nottingham, NG1 3DW

Museums and Historic Houses 

Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottingham, NG15 8NA,

Wollaton Hall, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE,

Nottingham Castle, Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL,

Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB,

Nurseries

Sanfield Day Nursery, Ashburnham Avenue, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 1QD

Educare Day Nurseries and Nursery School, 16 Pelham Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, NG5 1AP

Educare Day Nurseries and Nursery School, 8 Sherwood Rise, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG7 6JF

Nottingham Nursery School, Denman Street West, Radford, Nottingham, NG7 3AB

Busy Bees Day Nursey, Nottingham City Hospital, Gate 3, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, NG5 1PB

The Rocking Horse Nursery, 229 Cinderhill Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8SE

Parks and Open Spaces

Arboretum Park, Waverley Street, Nottingham, NG7 4HF,

Bulwell Bogs, Main Street, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8QL,

Colwick Country Park, Mile End Road, Colwick, Nottingham, NG4 2DW,

Bulwell Hall Park, Squires Avenue, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9UP,

Clifton Central Park, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Nottingham , NG11 8AB,

Clifton Playing Fields and skate park, Farnborough Road, Clifton , NG11 8JU ,

Coppice Park, Coppice Park, Gordon Road , NG3 2LE,

Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6HB,

Heathfield Park, Ventnor Rise, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 1HR,

Highwood Cemetry, Low Wood Road, Nuthall, Nottingham , NG6 7GA,

King Edward Park, Carlton Rd, Nottingham , NG3 2AR,

King George v playing field, King George V Playing Field, Gedling Road, Nottingham, NG5 6NQ ,

Lenton Abbey, Charles Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2SH,

Lenton recreation ground, Derby Road, Lenton, Nottingham , NG7 2DP,

Southglade park, Southglade Road, Bestwood, NG5 5GU ,

Strelley recreation ground, Strelley Rd, Nottingham, NG8 6NA,

Valley road Park, Valley Road, Nottingham, NG5 3FZ,

Vernon Park, Vernon Road, Basford , NG6 0AP ,

Victoria Embankment, Embankment Road , NG2 2JY,

Woodthorpe Grange Park, Woodthorpe Drive , NG5 4HA,

Beeston Sidings, Off University Science Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2RD,

Holme pit pond, Holgate, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NH,

Clifton Grove Woods, Holgate, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NH,

Colwick Woods Local Nature reserve, Greenwood Road Bakersfield, NG3 7FT,

Harrisons Plantations, Russell Avenue, Woolaton, NG8 2BP,

Hucknall Road Linear walkway, Bestwood Road, ,

Martins Pond Local Nature Reserve, Russell Avenue, Woolaton, NG8 2BP,

Moorbridge pond, Bestwood Road, ,

SandyBanks, Beckhampton Road, ,

Sellers wood, Sellers Wood Drive, Bulwell, NG6 7FW,

Sunrise Hill, Lancroft Crescent Bestwood, ,

springfield corner, Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, Nottingham, ,

melbourne park, Melbourne Road, Aspley , NG8 5HL,

Queens Walk recreation ground, Queens Walk, Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2DF,

Play centres

Pirates Play Centre, 41 Rowley Drive, Sherwood, Nottingham , NG5 1GD,

Schools and Pupil Referral Units

Beckhampton Centre, Edwards Lane, Nottingham, NG5 5SL,

Top Valley Academy, Top Valley Drive, Top Valley, Nottingham, NG5 9AZ

Shops

Kiddicare, Castle Marina Retail Park, Castle Bridge Road, Nottingham, NG7 1GX,

Mothercare, Unit 1A/1B Castle Meadow Retail Park, Nottingham, NG7 1GX,

Sainsburys, Castle Marina Retail Park, Castle Bridge Road, Nottingham, ,

Mind Charity Shop, 648 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, NG5 2GA,

Andrea’s Treasures, 670 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2GE,

Co-operative Food, Strelley Road Bilborough Nottingham, NG8 3AP,

Oxfam, 650 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2GA,

INTU Victoria Centre, Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, NG1 3NE,

INTU Broadmarsh Centre, Nottingham, NG1 7LL,

Natural Food Co, 151 Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2QJ

Morrisons, Green Lane, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 9LQ

Toys R Us, Riverside Retail Park, Queens Drive, Lenton, Nottingham, NG2 1RU

Youth Centres

Meadows Youth Centre, Wilford Crescent East, NG2 2EF,

Green Lane Youth centre, Green Lane, Clifton, Nottingham,  NG11 9AY,

NGY MYPlace, 29-31 Castle Gate, Nottingham, NG1 7AR

 

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Star Stories: Michaela and Jaden

May 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Star Stories

My name is Michaela and this is my son, Jaden, who’s now nearly one-year old. We live in Doncaster. I was really happy to have breastfed Jaden when he was a young baby, and mostly I found breastfeeding was just as I had been told – quite easy, with Jaden mostly knowing just what to do when he was fed. There were a few surprises along the way, though – Jaden was jaundiced so got tired quickly when he was feeding, so I really had to take each day as it came.

 

 Star Stories: Michaela and Jaden

 

I found that breastfeeding itself wasn’t really painful, it was more the after pains as my womb shrunk that was uncomfortable. Thankfully I just reminded myself that this meant I’d get my figure back more quickly! Don’t forget the midwife is there to help you, reassure you and support you. Try to keep going, taking each day at a time and quite quickly you will start to feel more confident. If you really want to breastfeed you can do it – just remember there is a lot of support for you if you need it

 

Don’t forget…

 

Sadly I stopped breastfeeding Jaden much sooner than I ever imagined that I would because my fiancé was killed in Afghanistan when Jaden was just a few weeks old, and for this reason I had to stop. My advice above all is to definitely give it a go, get help when you need it and enjoy every minute as you just don’t know what’s around the corner. I’ve put together some top-tips for you to read. I hope that you find them useful! Feel free to leave comments below to share tips of your own.

 

Good luck!!

Michaela x

Don’t give up…

 

Things I found helpful:

  •  Don’t expect to see a huge change in the size of your breasts! People often assume your boobs get massive when pregnant, sadly that isn’t always the case. But it doesn’t mean your not able to breastfeed, the right amount is there and you may not notice a change till your milk arrives after birth
  • Shop for some nursing bras at around 36 weeks pregnant, I just got measured and bought a pack with 2 night time nursing bras (similar to sports bra, but with drop down cups) then at least you have something for hospital and the few days after, and when your milk arrives go and get measured again as you will be bigger. They’re not cheap so don’t buy loads till your confident that you’ll carry on breastfeeding
  • Breast pads are a lifesaver throughout pregnancy, some people don’t leak but I first noticed some creamy/yellowy coloured stains in my bra when I was around 16 weeks, and I leaked ever since. Some people leak earlier than that, I was reassured it was all normal

Breastpads are a lifesaver…

  • Don’t give up if things are tiring and painful; persevere because it will get better. Ask a midwife or health visitor for help and get the support you need. If could be something as little as positioning or not latching on properly
  • Don’t think you just put yo ur baby to your boob and it all happens from there. It is definitely a skill and you both have to practice till you learn. I thought you just stuck your baby on your nipple and he/she sucked it until I read about it. If you really want to breastfeed, get lots of info on it, and ask lots of questions. And don’t use the attitude ‘I’ll see if it works’, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t. But you’ll notice when people ask how you’re choosing to feed and you say ‘breastfeeding’, they’re quick to jump and say ‘if it works for you’ or ‘if you can’. Just take it in your stride, but ignore these comments. I found it really annoying but just agreed to avoid the debate!

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Dads, don’t feel pushed out…

February 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments

3s a crowd

Breastfeeding is great for mum and baby, but it can make dad feel relegated to the subs bench.

With everyone focusing on the baby and the partner doing all the feeding, it’s normal for most blokes to feel a little pushed out.

SPARE PART
Because new mums probably won’t feel very sexy for a while, dads can end up feeling like a complete spare part. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry—it’s perfectly normal. It doesn’t mean you don’t love your baby and it doesn’t mean you’re not bonding. “For a while I felt like all I could do was cheer from the touchline” explained Peter Purcell, 35 from Swinton. “But I just made sure that I got involved in other ways.”

DON’T BE A BABY
The most important thing is to make sure you don’t let these feelings get in the way of supporting your partner at this important stage in your baby’s life. Check out the “It Takes Two” post for a run down of all the other stuff your baby and partner need—stuff that you and only you can do.

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