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Win £50 in Vouchers! New Look Nursing Clothes!!

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For National Breastfeeding Week 2012, I’ve been asking retailers to support the UK’s breastfeeding mums by searching their collections for fabulous breastfeeding friendly outfits.

New Look are giving away a £50 voucher to one lucky reader. To win, visit the New Look website and then tell me in the comments below what you would like to buy from their range. For a second entry, either like MilkChic on Facebook or tweet the following message:

“I’ve entered to win £50 @NewLookFashion vouchers
with @MilkChic http://www.milkchic.co.uk/56299”

New Look have recently launched a range of nursing bras and nursing vests, so it’s now a great one stop shop for a complete outfit. Here are a few for inspiration:

For a wedding:

Wrap dresses are ideal for breastfeeding as they flatter most figures and pull down easily for nursing.

“Love these one size wrap dresses!”

N and Willow Green Wrap Dress, Was £39.99 Now £27.99
Wide Fit Black Laser Cut Court Shoes, £19.99
Mama·licious Feeding Singlet Top, £20.99

This knot front dress is breastfeeding-friendly too and the colour is just gorgeous!

N and Willow Purple Nodo Dress, Was £36.99 Now £25
Black Bow Detail Court Shoe, £19.99
Mama·licious Feeding Singlet Top, £20.99
Black Flower Earrings, £2.99

Holiday looks:

These crossover front maxi dresses are perfect easy dressing. Just throw them on for instant laidback glamour.

Apricot Flower Print Chiffon Maxi Dress, £34
Maternity Pink Nursing Bra, £12.99
Birkenstock Pink Gizeh Sandals, £49.99

Apricot have loads of great potential nursing dresses. Here’s another!

Apricot Geometric Egg Print Maxi Dress, £32
Maternity Black Lace Nursing Bra, £12.99
Black Silver Embellished Sandals, Was £17.99 Now £13.49

For a BBQ or weekend with the family:

I LOVE this cute button down dress. It’s perfect for a relaxed weekend.

Apricot Orange Polka Dot Dress, Was £29 Now £20
Mama·licious Feeding Singlet Top, £20.99
Red Crochet Pumps, £12.99

You can find lots more breastfeeding friendly New Look fashion on the main shop pages! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the National Breastfeeding Week 2012 posts with more outfit inspiration and more giveaways!

Terms & Conditions: Closing date for entries: 10 July 2012. Entry restricted to UK & Ireland.

Please share this widely – the more successful this is, the more giveaways I will be able to host at MilkChic!!

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Why can’t everybody do this?

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I was amazed by the level of family friendliness in every restaurant and cafe we walked into in Greece and it makes me sad that eating out with kids can be so difficult in the UK. All the money that is spent on climbing frames and ball pits could be so much better spent on training staff in simple thoughtfulness.

These are the things that most impressed me:

  • Highchairs in every restaurant. In one restaurant, the waiter decided my toddler was “a big girl” so stacked 2 stable chairs together so she could sit at our height. She grinned for the next 2 hours and ate like a dream!
  • Most had a childrens menu with smaller versions of real Greek food, not a standardised menu of fishfingers, sausage, burger. It seems the small one likes kalamari…
  • Everyone offered starter sized portions or automatically brought a plate for her to have a selection of our food.
  • The small one’s food was always brought first. Not after the starters.
  • We were offered a set of childrens cutlery in 2 places.
  • The waiters talked directly to the children and smiled at them.
  • There was always somewhere to put the buggy.
  • There is an expectation that adults will need to entertain their children during the meal. If there was likely to be a wait for food, they told us.
  • At our hotel restaurant they offered to put the leftovers in a “doggy bag” for the small one’s lunch the next day.
  • If someone needed to breastfeed, the only drama was in making sure they were comfortable.

We would love to repeat the experience at home but we’ve yet to have an easy evening meal out. Small things like a box of colouring stuff mean a trip to our little local pub is always pleasant but unfortunately legalities conspire against us and we can’t stay long. They aren’t allowed kids in the pub (even asleep in prams…) after 8pm!

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Holidays with kids: Lessons learned!

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We have just returned from our first holiday with the small one. It was a wonderful break – our first proper one as a couple, and Greece could certainly teach this country a lot about family friendly (more about that in a separate post…), but travelling with a child for the first time was a real eye opener. These are the things I wish I’d known:
  • There is no such thing as travelling light with a toddler, especially if finances mean you are travelling out of season so the weather is uncertain. My giant suitcase was packed full for the first time in it’s history.
  • Save packing space on nappies & wipes and buy locally. If you’re travelling in Europe, look for a Lidl nearby.
  • Take some simple snacks with you. While you can obviously buy food locally, finding healthy options in an unfamiliar environment can be stressful at first. Trying to persuade a toddler back to a relatively healthy diet after being indulged with icecream for a week is not for the faint-hearted.
  • Cheap buggies really are just as good as the posher models for short term use. We got an old Mothercare umbrella buggy from Freecycle for the week, intending to leave it there but small one became so attached we brought it home. The only things we missed were a more generous recline and the raincover.
  • Toddlers do not connect the fact they are cold and miserable with the freezing water in the swimming pool. If you want to get them out before hypothermia sets in, make sure you have a strong distraction strategy.
  • Air travel doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Having said that, ours was only a 4hr flight and I’m not sure I’d like a longer one… Aisle seats are better than window as you can get out and walk around easily. Take something chewable to prevent ears hurting on take-off and landing. If like me, you’re anti-sweets for little ones, we found chewy sundried fruit worked well. Breastfeeding can also help.
  • We took a few toys and books. We barely used anything except paper & pencils during the week, but found them useful on the flight. If you’re lucky you’ll be sat near other families with kids, who were far more amusing than any toy, as far as the small one was concerned.
  • Remember that you can’t take liquids through to airside. If you will need water for the flight, take an empty cup through and ask a restaurant or similar to fill it up with tap water for you.
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I would love to know what works for you when travelling.

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