My breastfeeding story

Hi Cherubs!

I know this post is long overdue but I feel like I'm finally in a good place with feeding to talk about my experience, the good, the bad and the very bad! I have a feeling this may be a long post so grab a cuppa!

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed, and from the beginning of my pregnancy the benefits of breastfeeding were aggressively being thrown my way by healthcare professionals and even friends and family. And I get it, it's the most natural source of nutrients for my baby, great for bonding blah blah blah. But what they forget to mention is its actually not that easy and I was probably a little naive myself in thinking all I have to do is pop my baby on the boob and voila, breastfeeding! Even at my breastfeeding class they made it seem like a walk in the park... As you can probably guess it was not a walk in the park for me, and for every single breastfeeding momma I know it was a struggle from time to time.

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Lets start at the beginning, after my long 27 hour labour which resulted in an unplanned c-section, I was tired, I couldn't keep my eyes open in fact but the nurse handed over my baby and encouraged me to start breastfeeding. I was petrified of falling asleep and it was also hard to get in a comfortable position to feed (c-sections kinda hurt, a lot!) But I tried. It wasn't exactly comfortable but she seemed to latch on ok and was happy feeding. When she wasn't feeding I was encouraged to hand express colostrum and feed it to her with a syringe. Harder than it looked and super fiddly but we did it! 
The more I breastfed the more fussy Mina started to get, it was hard to get a good latch because she was quite frustrated on the boob, and every nurse I saw gave me different advice, some good advice and some bad advice. I remember one nurse who told me to let my baby get angry at the boob, she then pinched the side of my nipple and shoved it in Mina's mouth!! 
Before you are released from my hospital the nurses need to see 3 good latches which they did, so 2 days after my c-section we made our way home where the real work began. 

I would feed her on one side for around 40 mins and then switch for her next feed. She definitely had a favorite side and it became a lot of work to get her to feed from my right side(least favorite). The first week of breastfeeding was honestly the hardest week of my life and I just couldn't see myself being able to do it longterm at the time. Mina got to a point where it felt like she wanted to feed all the time, and it became a two person job to get her latched on as she was extremely frustrated and would move her head from side to side and put her hands in front of her face and cry. So my husband would have to hold her hands away from her face, massage her palms (to calm her down and also it stimulates the sucking reflex) and I would try my best to latch her on. I would get restless legs from time to time when feeding her and the only way to relieve this was to pace the room whilst feeding. Anyone else experience this?
I remember one occasion when Id fed Mina for 40 minutes and 10 mins later she was acting hungry again, my husband tried to settle her but in the end he gave her to me to try and feed again, I was so exhausted that I just sobbed whilst trying to get her to latch again and then proceeded to sob some more when she was feeding. I did a lot of crying! 

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We had an appointment at the newborn clinic when she was 1 week old to check her weight and check on feeding. At this visit we found out Mina had lost weight, quite a lot of weight. Its normal for babies to lose weight in the beginning but Mina had lost more than they would like to see. I then had to feed Mina from one side for 15 minutes and then they weighed her to check how much milk she was getting, It turns out that she was only taking in 0.5oz of milk from each side, half of what she needed. The nurse also told me I was feeding her for too long on one side, as babies tend to start burning more calories than consuming when they are feeding for so long. My new feeding strategy was to feed for 15 mins on each side and then top up with pumped breastmilk. 
Sounds really easy doesn't it? My milk had only just come in at 6 days postpartum, I was engorged! Honestly it looked like I had just had breast surgery they were so big which didn't help with latching. So I tried pumping, in the beginning it was taking around 40 mins to get 2oz of milk, but we gave her the pumped milk after feeding and she had no issues switching from breast to bottle. But I was playing catch up with pumping and feeding so I didn't always have pumped milk to hand when she needed it, so in the end we gave her formula as well. It was a tough decision to make to supplement with formula when you're constantly bombarded with breast is best, my husband and I both felt extremely guilty about it but having a content and happy baby in the end was worth introducing it. 

When Mina was 2 weeks old we went back to the newborn clinic and she was just about back up to birth weight. It was such a relief knowing all the hard work was paying off and she wasn't hungry. Introducing the bottle definitely had some downsides though. We got to a point when she would only go on the boob after she had 1oz from the bottle first, she was getting lazy. I gave in and by 3 weeks postpartum I was exclusively pumping every 2/3 hours.

I had to grit my teeth every time I started pumping.. its not painful, but its not comfortable either, its just an intense sensation. Again when I first started pumping I thought there is no way I'm going to last the week. But here I am today at 7.5 months postpartum still pumping. 
Being a pumping mom is hard work. When Mina was hungry I would warm a bottle of pumped milk, feed her, burp her and try and settle her. Then I would have to pump for 20/30 mins, store that milk, wash all the pumping parts and bottles, sterilize them and do it all again in an hour or so.  In the beginning I made more milk then I needed so I did store a lot in my freezer which is great because it means I always have back ups.  When Mina started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old I also stopped pumping in the night too. At first it was difficult to do because I would wake up with painful engorged breasts and sometimes blocked milk ducts. On a few occasions I would get up to pump because it was too painful to sleep. My body eventually got used to it and I  could get a full nights sleep and pump just before she woke up. 
As Mina got older pumping every 2/3 hours just wasn't an option as she was awake more and needed more attention so I gradually increased the time between pumps to every 3/4 hours. On a few occasions my milk supply has dropped but I've found it easy enough to increase it by eating more and doing a few longer pumps. I've also taken brewers yeast which helped when my supply dropped too.

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I'm currently pumping every 5 hours which works out at 4 pumps per day and each session I aim to do 30 minutes. Its a full-time job. My very first pump of the day I get around 8oz and then every session after that I get between 5/7oz. I make enough for her 4 feeds a day with a little to spare, I'm also using one old milk a day just to use it up in time and also make space in my freezer which is totally full of milk. I'm not really freezing any milk at the moment unless I have 4 bottles of milk in the fridge then ill store some.

I can't believe i've been doing this whole pumping thing for nearly 8 months now, I will carry on till she's 1 in November and then thats it I'm gonna give my boobs a rest at least until baby number 2! Will I do the same thing for baby number 2? Well I always say no but I know that I would because I would feel tremendous guilt if I didn't at least try. I'm hoping second time around breastfeeding will be different and my baby will be able to get what she needs herself. But who knows every baby is different. But fingers crossed!

Here are some tips for pumping mommas |

If my baby is awake I like to sit her next to me in a bouncer with endless distractions around me including books, toys, access to music and tv if all else fails.

I also always make sure I have a bottle ready incase she decides she's hungry whilst I'm tied up to the machine.

For me I make sure I have some water, a decaf coffee or tea and a snack! Also my phone because I like to time my pump sessions.

If I am struggling with engorgement I will heat up my lansinoh gel bead pads and pop them in my bra so help ease blocked ducts.

Breastfeeding products I love |

Breast pump - Medela travel in style

Nursing bra - Bravado

Hands- free bra - Bravado

Quick clean wipes - Medela

Muslins - Marks & Spencers

Nursing cookies - Milkful

Nipple cream - Lansinoh

Heat pads - Lansinoh



I hope you fellow mommas have found this useful, feel free to get in touch!

Love Sarah



Summer Denim and another stripe t-shirt

Hi Cherubs!

Total casual summer vibes for todays fashion post. This is what I wore to get breakfast with the family over the weekend and its actually the first time I've been able to fit back into these jeans. Feeling pretty proud of myself. Its been over 7 months now since I had a c-section and the road to getting back to feeling like my regular self has been a rocky one. I definitely felt like I plateaued a little in previous months but I'm back to daily workouts whilst my baby crawls all over me and eating fruits and veggies. And I can see a difference in my body but also mentally. I also read an article quite recently about obesity in children and one of the main factors was children learning unhealthy habits from their parents. I feel motivated from that to show my girl the importance of a healthy lifestyle and if that means being kicked in the head whilst I'm doing crunches then so be it!

I realize I went off on a tangent there but hopefully you stuck with me!

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Club Monaco, Light wash jeans, Tan sandals, Stripe top, Fbloggers, Mom fashion, Postpartum body, Mom blog

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Light wash jeans just scream summer to me and I love the fit and cropped style of these ones from Urban Outfitters, I've teamed it with my new sale purchase from Club Monaco. I desperately wanted it whilst it was full price, so so happy I waited... Although did I really need another stripe tee with an embroidery slogan? Probably not but YOLO!

T-shirt - Club Monaco (Sold out)
Sandals - Zara
Bag - Whistles (Old)

See my previous post here

Love Sarah




Caudalie x lookfantastic Limited Edition Beauty Box



Hi Cherubs!

This weeks post is all beauty and oh me oh my its a good one. The newest limited edition lookfantastic beauty box full of luxury Caudalie products, my favorite French skincare brand! Caudalie cater to all skin types and are natural and gentle on the skin, one of my fave products from them is inside this limited edition box, keep reading to see which product I'm talking about!

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Caudalie - Vineactiv glow activating anti-wrinkle serum* | A super lightweight serum that melts into the skin without leaving any residue behind, just soft supple skin. A great product for targeting wrinkles and dull skin thanks to Vitamin C + E and Hyaluronic acid to plump up and hydrate skin. Good for all skin types!

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Caudalie - Grape water* | Pure hydration in a bottle! Can be used as a refreshing toner or throughout the day to hydrate skin. This product is such a treat in the hot weather, keep it cool in the fridge and spritz anytime you need to cool down. I've seen a lot of beauty bloggers use this product on flights too

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Caudalie - Make-up removing cleansing oil* | Cleansing oils are the most effective at taking make-up off in my opinion, I've already tried this product out a few times now and its lovely and gentle especially on the eye area. It removes it all and doesn't leave any greasy residue behind. I love using a hot flannel to take off the oil, it feels great on my skin and helps remove every last bit of make up and cleanser.

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Caudalie - Deep cleansing exfoliator* | This smells gorgeous! A light refreshing scent of grapefruit, mint and sweet orange. It has a very fine gritty texture which is made from grape pulp to eliminate dead skin and impurities. Use 1 or 2 times a week. Super excited about giving this a try.

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Caudalie - Vineactiv 3 in 1 moisturizer* | I am excited to try this moisturizer out alongside the Vineactiv serum to see how they work together in combating wrinkles and dull skin. The cream is lightweight and velvety with a fresh scent. I'm a big fan of the Vinosource moisturizing sorbet for its hydration and I can't wait to compare the two.

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Caudalie - Instant detox mask* | My favorite mask ever! My husband is also a big fan of this product. Its a pink clay mask so obviously its pretty to look at but its amazing at drawing all those nasties out of your skin. When I've taken the mask off my skin feels like silk its so smooth and that feeling lasts a few days too. 

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Catch up on my previous post here

Fancy a beauty box for yourself? Buy here

Love Sarah

Figure flattering shorts from Club Monaco

Hi Cherubs!

I know long time no see, I've actually been working on two posts which I was meant to finish when my baby girl naps. Only problem is she isn't the best at napping and when she does go down I firstly get some chores done and then if I'm lucky I can work on my posts a little. Most of the time I'm not so lucky. Mommas send me your day napping tips!

I am quite excited about sharing this outfit mainly because I have finally found a pair of shorts that are flattering on me. If your like me and you have some thighs and never can get a pair of shorts to fit you right, go and try these on now! Thank me later. They are a little expensive as they are from Club Monaco but honestly they are worth every penny just for giving me confidence to wear shorts this summer. And I've worn these a lot.

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Blouse - Uniqlo
Shorts - Club Monaco
Sandals - Zara

Catch up on my previous post here

Love Sarah






ESPA | Lookfantastic limited edition beauty box

Hi Cherubs!

Todays beauty post is a real treat especially if you've ever experienced a facial using ESPA products. Total luxury and just total goodness for your skin. Ive always found ESPA products to be gentle but effective on my skin. This limited edition box would be a dream gift for a skincare addict to get a feel for the brand. 
In the box you find 4 full size products and 2 deluxe samples for $95.50 bargain!! Keep on reading to see what products are included.

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Optimal Skin Procleanser | I pulled this cleanser out straight away and added it to my skincare routine. This is suitable for all skin types and its also a 3 in 1 product, cleanse, exfoliate and mask. I would say it has a medium exfoliating texture if you know what I mean? Perfect for daily use, super gentle at buffing away dry skin and old make up. Smells exactly like Emma Hardie's cleansing balm which is gorgeous!

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Optimal Skin Promoisturiser | The packaging is to die for on the moisturisers, they have a marblesque lid and overall minimal luxe feel. Again this is suitable for all skin types. The consistency is very lightweight almost gel like and absorbs very quickly into the skin, fresh airy scent perfect for daily use.

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Optimal Skin Proserum | Hands up of you're a serum addict?? This serum is quite intriguing as one of the illuminating ingredients is turmeric and I don't think I've ever used a product with turmeric in before. Bottle is extremely luxurious and I can not wait to give this serum a go, maybe I'll do a full review once I've used it for a few weeks. If you've used this before let me know how you've got on.

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Overnight Hydration Therapy | The formula is rich and creamy and it smells like a lavender dream. Lavender is my fave scent and this one is great, not too overpowering but enough to gently relax you and your skin before bed. Promises to restore soft, supple glowing skin by morning.

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Pink Hair And Scalp Mud | This deluxe sample was a lovely surprise as I didn't know ESPA did anything like this. I love using hair masks and can not wait to try out this pink mud mask. I always apply my masks to damp hair 20 mins before I shower to optimize results and this is how I plan to use this product.

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Fitness Body Oil | I love the sound of this soothing fitness oil! Enriched with lavender, sweet almond oil and clove to relax and sooth tired muscles. This is going straight in my gym bag! They also offer a Fitness Bath Oil which sounds dreamy!

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I did mention at the beginning of this post that this beauty box is a bargain for $95.50 and it really is! The serum alone is $90 so if you want to explore ESPA snap up this limited edition box here before they're gone.

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Love Sarah


Summer ootd | stripe skirts and cotton knits

Hi Cherubs!

I hope you all had a lovely long weekend! We ended up going to the beach on Saturday and then on the Sunday we made our way to San Francisco where we took these pics. It was such a gorgeous day, our shoot location was extremely dreamy at the De Young museum located in Golden Gate park. We then headed to Castro which is one of my fave neighborhoods in SF for some lunch. Highly recommend Le Marais bakery for tasty treats!

On to the outfit. I ordered this skirt on a whim and was totally prepared to not love it and send it back however I instantly fell in love, its such an easy piece to wear and very flattering. I ordered it in a size large because I always find Zara sizes a little on the small size but this was actually big around my waist but I'm keeping it anyways. I teamed it with an old cropped cotton knit from Whistles which is a great spring layer and my new tan sandals. The sandals are not Saint Laurent but a very affordable dupe from Zara... I'm still thinking about designer though!



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Top - Whistles (old)
Skirt - Zara
Sandals - Zara
Bag - Chloe

Catch up on my previous post here

Love Sarah

Perfect summer smock dress for under $40

Hi Cherubs


I'm not really the biggest h&m fan because every time I go in I never find anything, but I always notice some of my favorite bloggers wearing amazing pieces and I'm like hello! Where did you find it though? To be honest this dress in particular was on a mannequin but I still had to hunt around the store to find it. FYI I used to be a visual merchandiser so stores that are hard to navigate annoy me 🙅

Anyway onto the best h&m summer dress find for under $40!

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I went up a couple of sizes in this dress because that was the smallest size they had and I just couldn't leave the store without it. But because its a smock style it works and I actually prefer the longer length on me. Its super flattering as it hides any postpartum problem areas like my stomach and my big boobs, seriously the busy print shrinks my chest area. Its a winner!

Guys have you noticed that I'm getting out of my comfort zone and scouting out locations for my blog shoots? Its something I've battled with for some time and I definitely feel like its held me back in progressing my blog because I struggle with confidence in taking pictures when people are around. I was talking to one of my friends about it who is an amazing influencer and journalist with a big following and she feels the same about it but just gets on with it. So this is me just getting on with it but dying inside shh!

See my previous post here

Dress - h&m
Sandals - Birkenstock

Love Sarah






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