TENDER LOVING CACAO… The ultimate birth booster?

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WHAT TO EAT DURING LABOUR??? This is a common question that is brought up in The Birthing Room's Antenatal Classes. And the first thoughts of participants are not always that appealing... Something from a vending machine... A soggy old sandwich that's been growing warm in your birth bag... And Dad, no! You cannot wander down to the local cafe for some kai, this is YOUR BIRTH TOO!

The real answer is much simpler. THIS IS A BIRTH-DAY. Literally. And you wouldn't leave a birthday party to get some food, nor bust out your soggy sammy. And so I encourage all birthing families to pack a birthday party hamper! No matter whether you are planning to birth at home, at a birthing unit, or at hospital, this is something that will be well utilised. However, the most important thing to know is that all the food should be nourishing. Some births are super speedy and require a huge hit of energy in a short space of time. Others are a gentle entrance into the world which require sustained energy on both the part of Mum and Dad (and your midwife if you've thought about adding something in the hamper for her/him too!). And remember, whatever Mum eats is what baby eats, and you would never think about giving baby a sugar filled energy drink!

So instead of pulling out sugar loaded liquid to help the incredible warrior Mama welcome her infant into the world, why not dig into some of Tender Loving Cacao's delectable chocolate?! I think this is the ultimate end of labour food, just the perfect thing to eat as Mum begins to breath baby out into the world. Free of refined sugar, vegan, raw, organic and gluten free, Tender Loving Cacao is guaranteed to be nourishing for both Mum and Dad, as well as their beautiful womb baby.

Get some Tender Loving Cacao for your birth bag here: Tender Loving Cacao

 

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CELEBRATING WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK WITH BEAUTIFUL BREASTFEEDING PHOTOGRAPHY!

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Check out this gorgeous breastfeeding slideshow by Bloom Birth Photography! Breastfeeding photography is a fantastic way to celebrate your breastfeeding relationship with your child. The special images in this slideshow are a great demonstration that breastfeeding is about much more than just food. It is an interplay of love between mother and infant.

Bloom Birth Photography is offering an exclusive special in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, so don't miss this wonderful opportunity to capture this memorable part of life's journey!

 Bloom Birth Photography Breastfeeding Slideshow

How many sides does a breastfeeding baby need?

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Mammal mothers don't worry about minutes, milk transfer, or changing sides. They nurse as long as they feel comfortable in that position, and they change position when they want to, or when the baby stops being happy with what's happening.

Think of a breast as a 'serving'. Some babies want two servings right in a row; some fall asleep after the first one and save the second breast for later. Some, who are trying to build up your milk supply, take three or four or more breasts (yes, all of them yours) before dozing off. Since you'll be nursing your baby again whenever he tells you he needs it, it doesn't really matter how many breasts or servings he takes in a row, as long as he's satisfied when he's finished.

(Wiessinger, D., West, D. & Pitman, T (2010) The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th ed.)