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Win a Contented Calf Breastfeeding Recipe Book

Breastfeeding Cookbook

Breastfeeding and diet can be an emotive issue – it’s damn hard to cook or eat with a newborn in tow and often the priority is calories rather than nutritional value (I survived on a diet of chocolate buttons for weeks despite Mr MilkChic’s best efforts!).

Breastfeeding Cookbook

Milk supply can be a major concern for nursing mothers and particularly those who give birth prematurely. While, unless extremely malnourished, most mothers can produce adequate amounts of breastmilk, the food you eat does affect your milk and more importantly your own energy levels (a poor diet is more likely to affect you than your baby). Breastfeeding places high demands on your stores of energy and protein so it makes sense to eat well where you can.

Elena Cimelli’s Contented Calf Cookbook aims to support nursing mums with lots of tasty and nutritious recipes focusing on lactogenic ingredients (foods which help promote milk production).

lactogenic/ lac·to·gen·ic  /?lakt??jenik

(of a hormone or other substance) Inducing milk secretion.

Being honest, I have mixed feelings on lactogenic foods. The evidence definitely points to certain foods having milk boosting properties which can be helpful to new mums. However, I’m also inclined to believe that for many there are times when the pressure to eat the right things, use the right nappies, wean at the right moment, have the perfect sleep routine etc. etc. can lead to unnecessary insecurities. I know Elena agrees with me that for the vast majority of us, who are lucky enough to have the physical ability to produce enough milk for our babies, fear and insecurity are far greater dangers to the breastfeeding relationship than a less than perfect diet and the Contented Calf approach is definitely not about increasing the pressure.

So… while neither Elena or I would not want you to start obsessing about your diet in any way, shape or form (for some perspective, read some reassuring facts here), I wholeheartedly recommend this book – it’s a really good recipe book that just happens to be aimed at breastfeeding women. It’s also offers some great ideas for vegetarians and vegans and for gluten-free diets and frankly I love it.

Rather than giving you a list of “good” and “bad” foods, it actually tells you what to do with them to make an enjoyable meal. In fact, the recipes use similar foods to those I enjoyed during pregnancy which did made me wonder if that was one of the reasons I was so lucky in the early weeks. I also like that a lot of the recipes are freezable and perfect for filling the freezer in preparation for the new arrival. Maybe the answer is to build up your reserves while you have the chance?

The book is helpfully split into breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sweet things and drinks. While you might need to rethink your store cupboard a little – nuts and seeds are particularly useful – they are meals that will work for all the family with old favourites such as stew and dumplings and fishcakes reworked to include breastfeeding friendly ingredients. You can try one of Elena’s recipes for Thai Coconut and Chicken Soup here to see what I mean.

If like me, you aren’t supermum enough to make ahead, the meals are designed to be prepared in a naptime. Although I did find the list of ingredients a little daunting at first, the recipes I tried were easy to follow and gave tasty, reliable results. As a cook of limited ability, the thought that I could realistically have been knocking up “proper” meals in a naptime while small one was an even smaller one is very appealing, not least because the thought of me making something decent for dinner would have blown Mr MilkChic’s mind!

Our favourite so far is the chicken, almond & apricot casserole, something that will definitely become a staple in our household. We made this for guests, not one of whom was pregnant or breastfeeding and everybody loved it.

To be in with a chance of winning your own copy of The Contented Calf Cookbook, please leave a comment below. For a bonus entry, either share the competition on Facebook or tweet the following:

I’ve entered to #win The @ContentedCalf Cookbook with @milkchic #food #breastfeeding #pregnancy

Terms & Conditions: Entry open to UK & Ireland only. Closing date: 2nd November 2013 Extended to Monday 4th November 23:59 due to website issues. Winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries. No cash alternative. If the winner cannot be contacted after 7 days, an alternative may be chosen. Disclosure: I received a review copy of The Contented Calf Cookbook: Nourishing Recipes for Breastfeeding Mums for this post so that I could try some of the recipes.


54 thoughts on “Win a Contented Calf Breastfeeding Recipe Book

  1. I’d love to win for my wife.

  2. Wow, great book idea!

  3. Would love to win!

  4. tweeted

  5. please enter me

  6. Am due in January and will be breastfeeding again this time. Any ideas for meals is always great appreciated.

  7. This book looks perfect for me! Currently exclusively breastfeeding my 3 month old daughter & hoping to do so for many, many more months! Fingers crossed x

    1. 3 months 🙂 Glad it’s going well.

  8. My niece will be able to use this sooon !!!

  9. Would be great for me to cook for my beautiful partner jen and our very hungry breast fed baby maia who’s 5 weeks old

    1. That’s lovely 🙂

  10. What a great book, would be fantastic to win 🙂

  11. I have tweeted as @solarsangel x

    1. Thanks Hayley – good luck!

  12. Fabulous book! Just what I need soon!

  13. Would love to win – looks like a great book!

  14. Looks and sounds great. As it is important that we all try to eat well. To have recipes which are suitable for the whole family, guests etc is practical. Yet to ensure the Breastfeeding mother has foods which are beneficial to her and her lifestyle is just wonderful. As time is so precious in the early days.
    This would be a wonderful and welcome gift for new parents. As often the new Dad is keen to be supportive, and just needs a little bit of guidance, reassurance and praise. Nourishment is beneficial to us all.
    I’d love to win the book.

  15. Great sounding book!

  16. Great cookbook. Still bf at 13 months and enjoy every minute of it. Even the middle night feeds!

    1. 🙂 I definitely found breastfeeding less stressful as small one grew older and more independent. The first days/weeks/months are hard but eventually it just works.

  17. Would love to win 🙂

  18. i have tweeted @lowritegan

  19. great book i was so hungry (and thirsty!!) when i was first breastfeeding not too bad now 2 years in.

  20. I have tweeted – @bloomingfox

  21. This looks like a fab book, it would be perfect for my friend

  22. looks like a great book. ive also tweeted

  23. Looks like a lovely book to try x

  24. Such a fantastic idea! So important that new Mum’s remember to look after themselves 🙂

  25. I’m breastfeeding and my diet is pretty awful at the minute. I need to sort it out and I think this book will help!

    1. I wish I’d had this book when I was breastfeeding – great ideas that are actually achievable!! I think it’s the wrong time to beat yourself up over a less than perfect diet, but it is so nice to feel you’re looking after yourself properly just sometimes.

  26. this would deffo come in handy as im due a little girl in 5weeks(wow feels mad saying only 5 weeks left) thnk you for the lovely giveaway!
    tweeted @jtl1121

    1. Congratulations!! I’m sure everyone is saying it, but make the most of these precious weeks and don’t overdo it. Life is never the same again (in a good way, obviously!)

  27. fantastic sounding book. just what every new mum needs

  28. Would love to win this, yellow bump due in January 🙂

    1. Congratulations 🙂 We didn’t find out either – I was convinced small one was a boy. Turns out my instincts aren’t all that 😀

  29. Please include me!

  30. Lovely book love cooking

  31. My sister’s about to have her first child next week. She would love this book. If I don’t win it, I’m going to buy it for her for Xmas

    1. Fingers crossed for you – I really recommend it. Elena’s recipes are really tasty in that wholesome, stuff your face AND feel good about it way 🙂

  32. this would be v interesting

  33. Plesae include me!

  34. What a fantastic idea. Don’t think anyone has done one of these before, so it’s about time. Good luck to everyone x

  35. I look forward to new, good things as bored of myy regular stuff

  36. My daughter’s planning on breastfeeding so she’d love this
    Tweeted – @longlegs1001

  37. What a great idea!

  38. What a great giveaway!

  39. Looks like a really good cookbook.

  40. Looks great! I always feel starving when breastfeeding!

    1. I did too. So hard to get the calories in healthily!

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