What do you need for breastfeeding?

Everyone knows the saying breast is best but how does a new mother prepare for breastfeeding?

Your midwife will advise you on how and when to breastfeed, but she may not tell you what you need and what products are available to make breastfeeding easier.

 So here is the Bunny Bumpkin guide to products that can help make breastfeeding easier.

The Nursing Bra

If you are out and about you don’t want to be wrestling with your bra in order to discretely feed your baby. Nursing bras have drop down clips above the cup to allow easy and comfortable breastfeeding. Normally you need to get measured two weeks before the birth due to the increase in breast size. However most of Bunny Bumpkins nursing bras have one cup size meaning that you do not have to make the uncomfortable journey into town to be measured. Simply order online using the your current chest size (e.g. 36)

Nursing Tops

The nursing top comes in various different styles but allow for easy access for breastfeeding. For example, some Cami style tops have clips on the straps similar to nursing bras whereas sleeved tops often have a lift up panel.

Breastfeeding Butterflies

Breastfeeding Butterfly Shawls offer great privacy. The baby is cradled in a sling which goes over mums shoulders while feeding.

Nipple Cream

Breastfeeding can make nipples sore and they can become dry and cracked increasing the risk of mastitis. At the first sign of any soreness apply a nipple cream such as Lansinoh.

Nursing Cushions

The nursing cushion is designedto hug a mother’s body and provide a raised platform to support baby as they feed in comfort. However it also has other uses. Many women use it for back support during pregnancy or as a between-the-knees support cushion or as a wedge to rest under the tummy whilst sleeping on the side. When approx 3 months old, a baby can rest within the arms of the pillow to aid the digestion process and when learning to sit up themselves, the pillow can be positioned around baby to cushion them in case they topple backwards.

Breast pads

Even when not feeding breasts have a tendency to leak. Breast pads absorb excess milk preventing stains on your clothes.

Muslin Cloths

The muslin cloth has numerous uses but the principal uses for breastfeeding are:

Wiping away excess milk from you and your baby after baby has unlatched from your breast.

Wiping up after winding your baby (as they are often slightly sick after a feed.)

Nursing Nightwear

Feeding your baby while half asleep is difficult enough without having to battle with your nightwear. Nursing pyjamas and nighties work in a similar way to nursing tops and are also very comfortable.

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Cardiff Ice Hockey Teams raise over £5k for Marie Curie

We recently reported on a charity ice hockey match taking place between the Cardiff Eagles & Cardiff Bay Lightning. We are pleased to report that the match raised over five thousand pounds for Marie Cure Cancer Care.

The match which included Max Birbraer, Ben Davies and Chris Blight from Elite League team the Cardiff Devils was won 6-5 by the Cardiff Bay Lightning.

Several hundred fans watched  a very competitive and exciting match and dug deep making donations and buying raffle tickets to win a signed Mac Faulkner Hockey Shirt.

Each of the players also had to raise money in order to play and Bunny Bumpkin sponsored our Sales Director to play in defence for the Cardiff Eagles.

Bunny Bumpkins Martin Burridge playing for the Cardiff Eagles

This is the second match of this kind and Bunny Bumpkin look forward to sponsoring a similar event next year.

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Can I swim when pregnant?

The simple answer is yes but with some precautions. Swimming is often encouraged by midwives in the UK.

Here  are some of the benefits of swimming while pregnant

  • Swimming is a great low impact aerobic exercise that takes the weight off the joints.
  • It allows you to move freely in the water which is something you may struggle to do out of the water as your pregnancy advances.
  • While you are in the water your blood pressure is likely to be lower
  • Swimming is great for relaxation and exercise helps you sleep better at night
  • Its low risk. With land based exercises you risk hurting yourself and baby if you fall. Once you are in the water you are supported so any slip is much less risk. Be careful before getting in though.

A few words of caution though.

  • If you have never exercised before, start slowly, warm up  and cool down gradually before getting out.
  • Avoid any stroke that feels uncomfortable
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration as it can get hot in indoor swimming pools
  • If in doubt, check with your GP
  • Swimming is ok but scuba diving isn’t because the baby has no protection against decompression sickness and gas embolism (gas bubbles in the bloodstream)

So now that you have decided to go swimming, the next important question for a pregnant woman is:

What to wear when swimming?

In the first trimester of pregnancy you should be able to wear your existing swimsuits. However by the second trimester you will need to invest in a maternity swimsuit. Swimsuits like this Emma Jane Swimsuit available from www.bunnybumpkin.com  have ruched sides to allow for body changes during pregnancy. There is also an elasticated bra shelf for comfort and support.

Available from www.bunnybumkin.com

Emma Jane Maternity Swimsuit available from http://www.bunnybumpkin.com

The swimsuit you buy in the second trimester should also see you through to the third.

Another option is a maternity tankini. The tankini has the advantage of not having to remove the whole swimsuit when you need to go to the toilet.

Emma Jane Maternity Tankini available from www.bunnybumpkin.com

Emma Jane Maternity Tankini available from http://www.bunnybumpkin.com

So what are you waiting for? Take the weight off your feet, cool yourself down and take a dip

 

 

What to wear in the 3 trimesters of pregnancy

You have just received the wonderful news that you are pregnant. After the initial jubilation you suddenly realise that in addition to some major life changes in the years ahead there is also going to be some major changes to your body over the next 9 months. However this doesn’t mean that you have to dig out the old jogging bottoms and baggy sweatshirts and hibernate until your bundle of joy arrives. Here are some tips from maternity wear specialist Bunny Bumpkin, about what to wear in each trimester of pregnancy.

First Trimester 0-3 months

You may notice that bras start to get uncomfortable towards the end of the first trimester. It is best to order wireless bras like this Emma Jane maternity/nursing bra which is designed to grow with the expectant mother during her pregnancy

Although clothes may feel a little tighter, you should be able to get away with wearing your existing wardrobe in the first trimester.

Second Trimester 3-6 months

Your bump will become increasingly more noticeable in this period and if you want to avoid living in those jogging bottoms and sweatshirts it is time to look for maternity tops and maternity trousers.

Most maternity tops (like this white cross maternity blouse) are made from cotton and elastene which allows them to stretch with your growing bump. Some also have ruched sides.

 

White Cross Maternity Blouse

Maternity trousers are available in under the bump style or over the bump. There is no science behind this. It is just a matter of personal preference. Over the bump trousers have a wide elasticated band at the top, while under the bump trousers have a thin elasticated band. These are no jogging bottoms though; some of these trousers can look very smart as shown by these brown over the bump trousers.

Brown Over The Bump Maternity Trousers

Third Trimester 6-9 months

During the third trimester your breasts will grow rapidly and may start to leak colostrum. If you are planning to breast feed, it is time to order a nursing bra. Wait until 3-4 weeks before your baby is due as this will give you a good idea of the size needed. Be aware that as the real milk starts to be produced in the days following the birth, your breasts may increase by one more cup size. Some nursing bras are designed for a range of cup sizes so if you have one like this Emma Jane 362 bra then the increase in cup size will not matter. Nursing bras are fitted with a clip to allow easy access for breast feeding.

Emma Jane 362 bra

Trying to sleep when it feels like you have a bowling ball in your belly is difficult enough so it is important to make sure your nightwear is comfortable.

Maternity nighties are designed to allow for your bump. Like many others, this pink nursing nightie is also designed for breast feeding.

Pink Nursing Nightie  404

Well done; you have survived pregnancy wearing comfortable and fashionable clothes. Now all you need to worry about is what the baby will wear, but we will leave that for a future blog.

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What do I put in my hospital bag?

Your baby is due anytime, the hospital bag is packed and you believe you are well prepared. But if this is your first baby there is a good chance you have forgotten something. So Bunny Bumpkin has prepared this guide to what you need to pack in your hospital bag. Many of these items are available from our website. Click on the highlighted items to see more details.

  • Most importantly you will need your birth plan and maternity notes.
  • Snacks and Drinks. You may be in hospital a while
  • Slippers. The hospital floors are cold and the toilets may be bit of a walk
  • Books or magazine. (Yes labour is not all pushing and screaming)
  • Dressing Gown
  • Disposable Underwear (you will leak for a while after the birth)
  • Nursing Bra for easy breastfeeding
  • Nursing Nightie or Pyjamas
  • Flannel and towel
  • A camera for that great first baby photo
  • Phone (don’t forget the charger)
  • Toothbrush, shampoo, shower gel, and other toiletries
  • Breastfeeding Pillow
  • Nursing Top to go home in.
  • Maternity Trousers (Your bump doesn’t go down straight away)
  • Disposable breast pads
  • Something warm to take baby home in, if it’s a cold day. Try this Snowsuit
  • Nappies
  • Muslin Cloths
  • Changing Bag
  • Baby Grows, Vests, Hats, Mits, Bibs. This 5 piece set is great value.

And last but not least, don’t forget to take a have a car seat in the car to take your beautiful little bunny home.