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Can a ring stop you snoring? Win a Good Night Anti Snore Ring!

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There can be nothing more annoying for an exhausted new mum than finally getting to sleep only to be woken up by someone else’s snoring (or indeed their own)! This week we reviewed the Good Night Anti Snore Ring and you could win one of your own.
Angel Sleeps - flickr.com/photos/planetchopstick/While Mr MilkChic is a dream in so many respects (Happy Father’s Day, darling…), his sleep noises can be deafening, so when I was offered the chance to trial the Good Night Anti Snoring Ring, I jumped at the chance. I was a little nervous of mentioning my commitment to the man himself, but it turns out his snoring even wakes him up and he had it out of the packaging before I could even photograph it!

In a recent clinical trial, this ring gave a measurable reduction in volume and amount of snoring in 85% of the people tested so we were keen to see whether it really did anything in the real world.

Good Night Anti Snoring RingWhat is it?

The Anti Snore ring is a rather innocuous silver coloured ring with a little gap in one side.

On the inside of the ring, two small nubs are designed to stimulate acupressure points.

How do you use it?
Good Night Anti Snoring Ring on fingerThe instructions say to wear the ring on your little finger with the gap at the top and the acupressure points at the sides.

Put it on about 30 minutes before you go to bed and the theory says you should have a peaceful night.

Does it work?

Well, yes. Yes it does! It’s not a complete silencer (you may still wish to consider a pillow or judiciously placed elbow for that), but it definitely makes it bearable. There was one night midweek when, having quickly got used to the gentler honeybee like snooze, I was rudely awakened by ear-shattering snorts of a whole other kind. Feeling the pain rather more keenly than usual, I kicked Mr awake to ask what was going on, only to discover he’d forgotten to wear the little silver dream machine. He has of course worn it religiously every night since and you’ll be pleased to hear that the bruises are now fading.

I have a Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring worth £29.99 to give away to one lucky reader.

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The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by 1st July 2015. The prize is 1 x Good Night Anti Snoring Ring in the size of the winner’s choice. No cash alternative is available. Winners will be contacted by e-mail. If we do not successfully make contact within 14 days, an alternative winner may be chosen. Please note that all entries will be validated and those which do not meet the entry requirements will be disqualified.

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Win an Ottillie Pop Dress

Ottillie Pop Westbourne Wrap Dress £79.50
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Ottillie Pop are a new favourite here at MilkChic thanks to their eyecatching prints and rich colours. Their gorgeous selection of wrap and bodycon dresses are made here in England, and Ottillie Pop are so confident in their quality workmanship that they offer a 5 year manufacturing guarantee against fraying fabrics and faulty seams!

Ottillie Pop Pembridge Wrap Dress £79.50Ottillie Pop Westbourne Wrap Dress £79.50Ottillie Pop Kendal Wrap Dress £79.50

You can see the full range of breastfeeding friendly Ottillie Pop wrap dresses on our shop pages. We have a stunning Ottillie Pop dress worth £79.50 to give away to one lucky reader, and everyone who enters will receive an exclusive 40% off code!

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Win a Contented Calf Breastfeeding Recipe Book

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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 http://milkchic.co.uk/66224 #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.

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Blossom & Belle Giveaway

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This competition is now closed but you can still get 10% off Blossom & Belle’s lovely designs with the code “milkchic”!

Whether you were spoilt rotten for Mothers Day and are now missing the pampering, or even if your day was largely taken up with cluster feeding and vomit limitation (small one has tonsillitus again… guess what we did yesterday!), Monday is often a low day for Mums with young babies, so here’s something to extend the best bits of Mothers Day just a few days more – you deserve it!

Blossom & Bell NursingTopThe lovely ladies of Blossom and Belle are giving away this gorgeous 100% cotton jersey breastfeeding wrap top worth £45 to one lucky mum – perfect to make you feel a bit more spring like despite the snow! It is designed to fit and flatter most sizes with great breastfeeding access – no zips, no button, just an easy wrap.

Blossom and Belle nursing wear is handmade in the UK to designs by Antonia Aitken, a wedding dress designer and mum of three who was inspired by the lack of stylish post-maternity wear to develop a beautiful new range of breastfeeding clothes for mums who want to just want feel feminine and stylish again. Their aim is to help new mums feel good about themselves, feel beautiful, regardless of the change in their shape and the designs are just stunning.

For a chance to win the top pictured, click through to the Blossom and Belle website, leave a comment below and tell me which is your favourite design and where you would wear it. For a bonus entry either share this post on Facebook or tweet the following:

I’ve entered to #win a gorgeous @Blossomandbelle nursing top with @milkchic http://milkchic.co.uk/65386 #fashion #breastfeeding

Blossom and Belle can be found on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/blossomandbelle and on Twitter. Do support them with a like! You can also now find Blossom and Belle nursing clothes on the MilkChic shopping pages.

Terms & Conditions: Entry open to UK & Ireland only. Closing date: 25th March 2013. 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.

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Seraphine at John Lewis – Voucher Giveaway!

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To celebrate the launch of the Seraphine maternity and nursing range at John Lewis, I have £50 of John Lewis vouchers to giveaway to one lucky reader.

I was keen to take a look at the range as it’s always good to see nursing wear in high street stores. At first glance the clothes are lovely, but other than one breastfeeding top, it looked like it was all just maternity wear. Don’t be put off – not only are there lots that work well from pregnancy to breastfeeding, but when you click through and read the descriptions, you realise that a number of the designs are made for nursing mums too. As it’s not always immediately obvious, I’ve highlighted breastfeeding friendly Seraphine designs here.

My range highlight is the knitwear, which is really well-thought out for future nursing mums. It’s always hard to find something other than a cardigan for warm winter feeds, so I would definitely have been tempted by a jumper designed for the purpose, had I actually been able to find one when I was breastfeeding.

Seraphine Maternity/Nursing Jumper
The top of this jumper pops down for breastfeeding access. Also available in purple.
Seraphine Crossover Jumper
The crossover top on this jumper is designed to accommodate breastfeeding and the tummy will stretch back over your diminishing belly.

To enter:
For a chance to win £50 John Lewis vouchers, click through to John Lewis, leave a comment below and tell me what you would spend the vouchers on. For a bonus entry either share this post on Facebook or tweet the following:

I’ve entered to #win £50 of @johnlewisretail vouchers with @milkchic http://milkchic.co.uk/60522 #fashion

Please share the love – tell your friends about this giveaway (or even post it on a few forums…) The more entries, the more giveaways I can host and John Lewis sells everything from clothing to kitchenware, so you don’t have to spend the vouchers on nursing clothes! For more breastfeeding-friendly John Lewis fashion, check out the shopping pages.

Terms & Conditions: Entry open to UK & Ireland only. Closing date: 30th September 2012. 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.

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