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My breastfeeding story

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Have you heard stories that breastfeeding is hard (at least at the start?). Well, I have and I can add now another story to all those out there. Nobody prepared me for this. You hear that it hurts at the start and it can be very exhausting to be a “milk factory” every three hours (as it may also be every one hour right). However nobody out there tells you everything and mainly say that everybody is different.

Well, I learnt the most in my NCT class however our breastfeeding class was interesting one on its own. The teacher was one of those who claimed everybody can breastfeed and there is no way that there are women that do not start to produce milk. I already knew back then that was rubbish as I was not breastfed from those reasons. She also said that you can eat whatever you want without having an impact on your baby and their behaviour. Now, I had to learn the hard way that it is rubbish piece of information after I ate too much cheese one day.

I cannot even describe how stressful were the first few days. I was pulled to different directions by my friends, family, internet and all. And everybody was saying different things that “will definitely work”. I had quite major baby blues and so much confusing information coming at me from all possible angles. Breastfeeding was all I talked about. I tried so many things from hot towels, hot showers, nursing teas, massaging, stimulation with breast pump, feeding less, feeding too often and it was bloody hard. It was painful, time consuming and frustrating. I wish I could sit here and say (like some women out there) how beautiful breastfeeding is and how they felt the bond with the baby. As I did not. And I do not think it makes me a bad mother. Actually, I am proud of myself that although I struggled so much I lasted and I did it and I am still doing it. It makes me a brilliant mother as I kept going although I wanted to stop every second and was tempted to go straight on formula full time.

I remember how tired I was with all the work, new baby and feeding. Even if I knew breastfeeding was not my favourite thing I sat there and after each feed I tried to stimulate the production by using a breast pump. That was one thing that at least made it easier because I cannot imagine to all this I would have to do this manually. I chose an electric pump that is widely used at hospitals here in UK and has got best reviews ever. Medela swing pump was the pump of my choice and I can just add another positive review to all those out there. It is very easy to use and will save you lot of time and stress. The buttons set up is pretty self explanatory and it really is simple to use it. You have got bottle that comes with it and also a strap that makes your expressing sessions more comfortable.

I knew full time feeding with formula would suit my lifestyle so much more. I am the type of person that is not designed to sit at home. I am running this blog, go to events, meetings with PR and I have so many other activities and social life so I need people to be able to mind my baby and if you breastfeed you are pretty much chained to your little ones. And again that does not make me cruel. You need to adapt things to your lifestyle and needs. And even after this I kept going. I was drinking my teas, using the pump, massaging and everything possible to make it happen.

Another thing was breastfeeding in public. I am not a huge fan to be honest however I got now to the point where I fed Liam on a bus, on a platform, in Starbucks, different restaurants, Tate gallery and everywhere possible. I still have got issue to feed in certain places that seem less breastfeeding friendly but it got so much better.

My point is that lot of women do not say things openly and they should. I am not ashamed to say I really had to work hard to get to this point and I am still not loving breastfeeding. There is so much pressure on women to make this work but nobody should feel like this. There are also lot of judgmental people out there including some of my friends. My message to them would be you do what you feel is right and I do what feels right for me. Everything you do should make you happy as you know what they say happy mummy means happy baby.

Uz jste asi slyseli pribehy o tom, ze kojeni je pekne narocne (alespon na zacatku). Ja se k temto pribehum s radosti pridam a podelim se o vlastni zkusenost. A budu asi pekne uprimna, protoze nedokazu tady presentovat neco co vlastne neni. Nikdo me totiz nepripravil na kojeni, tak jak jsem si myslela a ano ty informace, ktere nam vsichni davaji jako ze kojeni ze zacatku boli a take je velmi vycerpavajici jsou pravdive. Proste vase telo je “mlekarna” kazde tri hodiny (a vlastne kdyby ty tri).

Nejvice jsem se o kojeni asi naucila v nasich NCT hodinach, coz je kurz, ktery je organizovany tady v Britanii pro budouci rodice, kde se ucite o porodu, jak se starat o miminko a jak kojit. Nebudu vam lhat. Nase lektorka na kojeni byla trosku jako prisna ucitelka s pravitkem a presne ten typ, ktery tvrdi, ze kazdy muze kojit a ze muzete jist uplne vse aniz by to melo dopad na dite a jeho chovani. Oboji je bohuzel jedna pekna lez. Za prve ja jsem nikdy kojena nebyla, protoze moji mamce nikdy mleko nenastoupilo a za druhe jsem se bohuzel musela jednoho dne pekne zakusit, kdyz maly plakal, protoze jsem den pred tim snedla hodne syru.

Nejak ani nedokazu popsat prvnich par dnu a zacatky, protoze to bylo silene. Opravdu nic pro me a to, ze vam to sdelim uprimne neznamena, ze jsem spatna matka, ale kojeni neni vubec muj salek caje. Rada bych tady sedela a napsala, ze jsem citila spojeni s miminkem a jak krasny pocit to je, ale to bych vam lhala. Na zacatku jsem prozivala docela silne “baby blues” a do toho se snazila, aby mi nastoupilo mleko. Ze vsech stran se valily jine informace a ja masirovala, davala teple obklady, pila kojici caje, kojila casto a pak zase kazde tri hodiny, mazala bolava prsa, sprchovala teplou vodou a hlavne jsem nedokazala mluvit o nicem jinem. A prave proto si myslim, ze jsem dobra matka. Dokazala jsem se pres tento sileny zacatek prenest a vydrzela to a kojim doposud. 

Jako odsavacku jsem si vybrala tuhle Medela Swing, protoze jsem slysela, ze je nejlepsi. V Britanii je to odsavacka, ktera se ve velkem pouziva v nemocnicich a vubec ma nejlepsi recenze. Ja k tomu muzu dodat, ze jsem ji opravdu pouzila jenom zpocatku na stimulaci, aby mi nastoupilo mleko. Po kojeni jsem ji pouzila na dalsich 10-15 minut. A uz to samo bylo narocne. Kazdopadne je hrozne jednoducha na pouzivani, takze pokud chcete usetrit trochu prace a nechcete pouzivat tu manualni, jdete do Medely. Nedovedu si predstavit, ze do toho vseho bych se tady jeste trapila s manualni odsavackou na mleko. 

Bohuzel clovek je obklopeny lidma, kteri neustale soudi. Soudi vas sestry, lekari, kamaradi a vsichni. Pritom kazdy by si mel delat co chce. Ano kojeni je dobre pro dite, ale k cemu to je, kdyz to matku frustruje a pak stres prenasi na dite. Ja stale kojim, ale na zacatku jsem kazdy den chtela nasadit umelou vyzivu. A pro ty co kojily mesice ci roky tohle bude znit asi divne, ale ja jsem pysna, ze jsem to vydrzela doposud. Nejsem ten clovek, ktery citil pri kojeni nejake spojeni s miminkem a byla to opravdu drina a presto jsem to vydrzela. 

Dalsi veci se kterou bojuji (ted uz snad mene) je kojeni na verejnosti. To je jeden z duvodu, kdy vim, ze umela vyziva by pro me byla jednodussi. Muj zivotni styl je uspechany a diky blogu vlastne nejsem ani na materske. Mam porad spoustu prace, schuzek, akci a fakt, ze jsem pripoutana k miminku to jenom stezuje. Jsem porad v terenu. A tak ho beru sebou kam se da. Kojeni na verejnosti mi ale neni dvakrat prijemne. Pomalu se to zlepsuje a uz jsem krmila na zastavce, v autobuse, v galerii Tate modern, Starbucksu, restauracich a vsude mozne. 

V Londyne jsou ale stale mista, kde mam pocit, ze kojeni neni moc vitane a nebo pro me nejsou ani moc pohodlna. Ale snad prekonam i to a nakonec mi to nebude vadit. 

Moje rada vsem budoucim maminkam je takova, ze nemusi delat neco, co nechteji. Nikoho neposlouchete a ridte se vlastnim instinktem. Ono je to na zacatku tezke, protoze vam vsichni a take hormony opravdu zatemni mozek, ale udelejte to. Spokojena maminka totiz znamena spokojene miminko. 

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Strolling around with Cybex Jeremy Scott

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Who knows me well is not going to be surprised by the choice of my pram. I love designer things and I love fashion and that is one of the reasons why I knew this pram is going to be a great match for me.

German brand Cybex is known for collaborations with Jeremy Scott and when it came to choosing the pram I knew this was the one. Yes, it may be a bit extravagant however I cannot even count how many times I am stopped by strangers in the street giving me compliments on this super stylish pram. The other day all the staff from a local pharmacy came out to check it our properly. Well, I guess that deserves to say well done Cybex. There is also no surprise so many celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Josh Harnett or Karolina Kurkova chose this brand as well and also this particular model has appeared in the latest video M.I.L.F by Fergie.

However as with many things it is not just all about beauty and the design right? This pram is three in one travel system and it has got a cary cot, car seat and lux seat. So pretty much everything you need for your baby. It will also works later on when you kid is older. Liam absolutely loves his car seat and literally falls asleep in it before I even put him in the car. When he was only two weeks old I went with him to an afternoon tea with Bulgari and he slept in it almost the whole time whilst there.

One of the best things about this model is that is very light and has got some fun extras that some people will love….like the skis you can put on. Well, definitely handy if you live somewhere with lot of snow. I  need to get a cup holder as after those 5 weeks I feel that I missed that the most. It is hard to push the pram with one hand whilst enjoying my soya latte at the same time #mumproblems.

Well, overall this has been a great choice for me and I love strolling with it around London and my neighbourhood. This pram is practically a perfect accessory for any fashion mummy.

Kdo me zna velmi dobre, tak se asi nebude divit vyberu meho kocarku. Miluju designerske kousky a modu obecne a kdyz jsem videla kocarek od firmy Cybex, ktery navrhl Jeremy Scott, vedela jsem, ze musi byt muj.

Mozna je pro nekoho moc extravagatni, ale do Londyna se hodi na sto procent. A nedokazu uz ani spocitat kolikrat me nekdo zastavil a skladal komplimenty. Nedavno dokonce vysli vsichni zamestnanci z lekarny, aby si ho poradne prohledli. Ani se vlastne nedivim, ze Cybex je znacka celebrit. Cybex si oblibila napriklad Gwen Stefani, Josh Harnett ci Karolina Kurkova. A tento model se dokonce objevil v nove klipu zpevacky Fergie M.I.L.F.

No ale krasa neni vsechno ze? Vetsina lidi ocekava od kocarku prakticnost a aby vyhovoval jejich zivotnimu stylu. Tento model je vlastne tri v jednom a to vcetne autosedacky, ktera je taky uzasna. Muzu rict, ze Liam je v ni absolutne spokojeny a usina uz nez ho dam do auta. Kdyz mel dva tydny byla jsem pozvana i s nim na akci se znackou Bulgari a prospal v sedacce skoro celou dobu az do te doby nez mel hlad (haha).

Jedna z nejlepsich veci je, ze kocarek je opravdu lehky a to je pro me ve meste jako Londyn velmi dulezite. Tahat ho do schodu je hned jednodussi. A navic tento model a myslim, ze i ostatni maji extra veci navic jako treba male lyze ci drzak na kavu. Ten mi asi chybel zatim nejvice. Tlacit kocarek jednou rukou a zaroven si uzivat sojove latte bylo narocne #mumproblems LOL. Takze je vam jasne co si asi brzo poridim. 

Tak i tak jsem se svym vyberem spokojena a miluju nase spolecne prochazky. Uz mame za sebou i prvni jizdu metrem a taky uspesne. 

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Why is it cool to be a mum?

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Picture by Lenka

Before I became mum I heard lot of opinions about motherhood and some were good and some were bad. Well, the true story is that nobody can explain or prepare you for motherhood and plus all babies are different. However, most of us experience the same – lack of sleep, less freedom, emotions and there is all the attention on the baby. OK, however if it was that bad people would not have kids at all so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I cannot say much yet as Liam is 1 month today and there is so much more to come however I have noticed huge baby boom so why is it so cool to be a mum?

Look at the huge baby boom. When I was pregnant three Victoria’s Secret models got pregnant at a similar time. These super successful women decided to have kids and that is already cool itself. From rocking down one of the major catwalks straight to baby duties. And they manage to look fantastic. I was probably not at their level but I did try my best (hehe).

Now, look at all the trends in music. Fergie and her latest MILF song and the video full of super hot mums. It is about celebrating how cool motherhood can be and it does not mean that your life is finished. The video to this song is so good that I badly want to be in it. At least Liam’s pram had an appearance in it and that made me proud of my choice (haha).

And we also have the new Bridget Jones movie which is about guess what? Babies…LOL

I am also surrounded by lot of friends with kids and they manage to make everything easy and still manage to have a great life. Well, yes with a bit of help but there is no need to slip in to a lazy route and end your life at home on the sofa.

And mainly giving birth and looking after a child is a hard job. Everybody deserves a medal for this.

So let’s celebrate motherhood, stay stylish, happy and mainly be cool!

Nez jsem se stala maminkou, tak jsem slysela na materstvi spousty nazoru. Mame tu ty matky matek, ktere by na materstvi nedaly dopustit a pak zase druhy tabor zen karieristek, ktere maji sice dite, ale nechteji prijit jak o svuj predesly zivot tak ani kariery. Jak ci tak vetsina z nas proziva to same – nedostatek spanku, strach, emoce a take fakt, ze vse se toci kolem miminka. Ale kdyby to bylo tak strasne, tak jak je mozne, ze lide maji deti a maji jich nekolik? Ja asi nemam az tak co mluvit, protoze Liam ma dneska teprve mesic, ale prece musi existovat vysvetleni. Podle me je byt mamou zkratka cool?

Podivejme se na ten obrovsky baby boom. Jenom behem meho tehotenstvi byly tehotne tri Victoria Secret modelky, otehotnela i Blake Lively a spousty dalsich celebrit. Z predvadecich mol hned k materskym povinostem. A co je na tom jeste lepsi, ze zvladnout vypadat uzasne jak behem tehotenstvi, tak i po. Ja jsem se snazila zuby nehty a i kdyz jsem asi nevypadala stejne (LOL) tak jsem se alespon citila dobre. 

A perfektnim prikladem je novy hit od Fergie MILF, kde shromazdila ruzne celebrity, ktere vypadaji neskutecne a jsou to vsechno maminky. I svet hudby uz se nesoustredi pouze na mlade bezdetne modelky. Byt mamou je proste cool. A dokonce se v klipu objevil i Liamuv kocar coz mi udelalo radost. No asi jsem vybrala zkratka dobre. 

A taky tu mame posledni film Bridget Jones, ktery je jak jinak nez o tehotenstvi a detech. LOL 

Uz jenom fakt, ze zena dokaze dite porodit a starat se o nej je cool a kazda si zaslouzi velkou medajli.

A proto se snazme i jako mamy zustat stylove, krasne, stastne a hlavne cool. 

Love Glamazon xoxo 

Snuzpod Love

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When I was planning to buy stuff during my pregnancy I was totally lost. I had zero time to do any research but luckily I have friends. My friend Christina introduced me to Snuzpod as a must have thing. You probably read an article about Liam’s nursery however he is too small to sleep on his own so Snuzpod was a great choice to stay in our bedroom until he is old enough to sleep alone in the nursery.

And I am glad I got it. Firstly the size is perfect as it is not too big or too small and it is so light that during the day I just take it to the living room and use it instead of the moses basket. That is one thing I did not need to buy and saved money. Snuzpod is mainly great for people that want to co-sleep and they can do it safely this way. You can literally open the side of Snuzpod and extend it to your bed. I must admit the first week or so Liam refused to stay on his own so he slept in our bed but the last two weeks were much better and he stays in his Snuzpod crib all night.

Another fantastic thing is that you can rock it and it is so light that sometimes I catch myself in the middle of the night rocking him with literally one finger. LOL You can use this from birth up to 6 months when babies are old enough to stay in their own room anyway. And on the plus side it has got a nice little storage shelf at the bottom where you can keep whatever you need at night. We all know it probably means nappies and baby wipes.

And if you like super stylish bedding and touch a luxury you can also get their Snuzpod bedding sets that just look fantastic.

I can recommend Snuzpod to all mummies and you can get your own one with unique discount code here – SNUZGLAM10.

Kdyz jsem si planovala co si poridit pro miminko behem tehotenstvi, tak jsem nemela moc casu a za druhe me absolutne nebavilo delat nejaky prukzum trhu. Nastesti mam kamaradky, ktere jiz deti maji a na radu Christiny jsem si poridila i tuhle uzasnou vecicku Snuzpod. Uz jste mohli cist clanek o Liamove nursery, ale zatim je maly a nespava sam a tak do loznice byl Snuzpod nejlepsi reseni. Je to vlastne takova postylka/kolebka, ktera se da na strane otevrit a tim vlastne prodlouzite postel a muzete spat se svou ratolesti. Mala miminka zkratka neradi spi samotna a tak je pro hodne lidi tohle idealni reseni.

Ja se priznam, ze prvni tyden ci dva s nama spal maly v posteli, protoze jsem si tak nejak zvykali a nechtel byt zkratka sam, ale poslednich par dni spi ve Snuzpodu celou noc. Vubec jsem si neporizovala ani kos pri miminka, protoze snuzpod je tak lehky, ze si ho klidne prenesu pres den do obyvaku a navic funguje i jako kolebka. Konstrukce je tak lehka, ze se nekdy nacapam v noci jak ho kolebam jednim prstem. Hehe 

Dole je navic ulozny prostor, kde si nechavam prebalovaci podlozku, protoze by se mi v noci nechtelo asi prechazet do vedlejsi mistnosti a pouzivat ospala prebalovaci pult. No clovek se zkratka uci rychle a zvyka si. 

Opravdu muzu Snuzpod doporucit vsem maminkam. A pokud se vam libi, muzete si koupit ten svuj s unikatnim slevovym kodem tady – SNUZGLAM10.

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