Formula feeding in preparation for heading back to work.

To begin with I want to say I have nothing against people who bottle feed with formula. I want to set that straight. I’m not here to upset anyone, but I’m voicing my own opinions.

So a couple of weeks back I made the decision to try to start baby girl on some formula. For when I go back to work in under 2 months. She then can have milk during the day when I’m not there. I have never been able to pump any extra of my own milk off. I seem to produce just enough.

My plan is still to breastfeed her mornings and evenings. So she’s still getting all the goodness from my milk.

Formula Feeding -Heading back to work -Rachel Bustin

Anyway so I read up exactly how to make the milk from on the box. The powder doesn’t smell too bad. I have a habit of smelling food before I eat it. Although technically I’m not having the milk.

When the bottle is made up and cooled to the correct temperature I try to give it to baby girl. She has a few sucks. Mostly chews the teat. I’m sure she thinks it’s a game because when she’s finished playing around with the teat. Her little hands start grabbing at my vest top and trying to rip my bra open to get to her boobie milk.

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Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle

We were very excited to be asked by Tommee Tippee to join in with the Tommee Tippee Ultra Games. All we had to do was take a photo of our little ones with the headband and medal on that was sent to us to take part in their games.

Now I’m a huge fan of the olympics and have been since I watched the first one I can remember. Which was Barcelona in 1992. This Summer because I’m on maternity leave I can watch quite a bit. I have really enjoyed the road cycling. gymnastics and swimming so far. I cannot wait until the athletics start. That’s my favourite.

Tommee Tippee are running their own games over on FacebookThere are lots of events you can enter your little one in. If you win they receive a Tommee Tippee Athlete pack and bottle. The pack contains a sweatband, medal and certificate.

How to Enter

Over the course of the games Tommee Tippee will be hosting the events below and to enter all you have to do is upload a photo or video show casing the event to their Facebook page.

Crawling | Smiling | Dribbling | Pooping | Peeing | Laughing | Napping | Rolling

Tomme Tippee Ultra headband and medal

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World Breastfeeding Week 1st – 7th August

This week is World Breastfeeding Week. As a breastfeeding mum I want to help spread the word about breastfeeding and how important it is for your baby, but we breastfeeding mum’s need some help from time to time.

#Dad’sGotThis

Tommee Tippee have launched a campaign for the roles of dads in supporting the breastfeeding mums it’s called #Dad’sGotThis. I think this is a fantastic thing to help dad’s get involved. I know my husband would have loved to of helped me out in those early breastfeeding days when it was tough.

Tommee Tippee Dad's got this campaign

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Why My Daughter Will Have A Different Childhood To Me

I have been thinking a lot about this the past few weeks. Why my daughter won’t have the same or similar childhood as me. Don’t get me wrong my baby is only 6 months old but it’s got me thinking already about what her life will be like as she grows older. 

My Childhood

Firstly I want to tell you a bit about my childhood. As a child of the 80’s I grew up alongside my sisters (and later in the 90’s my little brother). 

I used to have lots of fun playing around outside in all winds and weathers. Only coming in when it started to get dark. I used to play with anything we found. Not these high-tech games kids have nowadays. 

My toys used to be sticks and a shovel and I would play with rocks. 

Good Ole Daysm- childhood memories

I used to try to dig to Australia digging huge pits!  I would make camps under the trees. Collect pieces of smooth glass, rocks and pretty pieces of pottery on the old rough ground near the old mine workings. 

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Yes Me! A Childs farm Brand Ambassador

A while back I saw an advert on Instagram from Childs Farm who were looking for Brand Ambassador’s. As a new mummy to  nearly 6 month old now, I love to find out and discover new brands that I’d not heard of. Childs Farm was one of these. I love natural products that contain no nasties or are not harsh on baby’s skin. Oh and smell nice too!
So before I applied, I looked up Childs Farm and read up on what they are about.
childs farm brand ambassador badge

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Travelling up the motorway with a baby

This is our first mini break with baby girl. Travelling up the motorway with a baby is a completely new experience for us. We have travelled this same route for many years but this is the first time with a baby.

Travelling up the motorway with a baby - night time image of a motorway

I have never had the need to check out baby facilities at motorway services before, but now that’s my main concern.

Will they be clean?

Will they have a chair so I can breastfeed?

Will they actually have a baby room or just a pull down changing table in the disabled loo?

So as you can tell for a few days before we left I was feeling pretty anxious.

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