Month: April 2014

Diary of a stay-at-home-dad by Rob Tyler – week 44

I had a great time over the Easter holidays with my two little angels and I’m going to miss the help of Sarah when she goes back to work next week. It’s been the longest break we have had together since we had children, we even got to go out alone together too – a time which is savoured. One of our favourite things is to get all our best snacks and cuddle up together on the sofa and watch the latest TV series on Netflix. (My Internet was down for a couple days this week and I swear...

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Berry-Licious Ice Cream & Creamy Banana Ice Cream

Here are some healthy, tasty and most importantly quick ice cream recipes for you to try:   Berry-Licious Ice Cream   Prep: 1 Minute Serves: 2   1 cup of frozen berries. 1 tbsp of honey 100 ml almond milk   Blend and enjoy   Creamy Banana Ice Cream   Prep:1 Minute Serves: 2   1 Frozen Banana ( just peel and dice a banana and freeze for when you need them) 1 tbsp of honey 100 ml Almond or Coconut Milk   Blend and...

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Thousands of new mums sent home at night

A Sunday Times investigation has revealed that nearly 33,000 new mums have been discharged from hospital between 11pm and 6am in the last three years, despite the possibility that this may put them at risk. Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “Being discharged in the middle of night is not appropriate under any circumstances, more so when women are feeling vulnerable after going through an exhausting delivery. This is unacceptable and put patients at risk.” Essex mum Emma Pollard, aged 29, said she was discharged from Basildon Hospital at midnight after giving birth to baby Logan...

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Tongue-tied

Third-time mum Milli Hill assumed that breastfeeding her new baby would be straight-forward after so much practise. But following weeks of difficulties she discovered that her baby had an undiagnosed tongue-tie. As many as 1 in 10 babies may suffer from tongue-tie, which occurs when the piece of skin under the tongue (frenulum) is too short and restricts the tongue’s movement. Approximately half of all tongue-ties can lead to serious feeding problems, and it isn’t just breastfeed babies who are affected – tongue-ties can also interfere with bottle feeding as the baby may not be able to form a tight seal around the teat. In February, the NCT launched a new campaign to raise awareness of tongue-ties in the UK and to call for better treatment and diagnosis of the condition. Undiagnosed tongue-ties can lead to a range of breastfeeding difficulties, such as pain and nipple damage, engorgement, poor weight gain and baby ‘fussing’ at the breast. One indicator of a tongue-tie is that the baby may have trouble staying latched onto the breast, resulting in a clicking nose as suction is broken. Although there is an apparent lack of knowledge on tongue-ties among medical professionals, the new NCT campaign will hopefully go some way toward helping more babies and mums get the assistance they need. To view a list of hospital that offer a tongue-tie service visit the...

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Salmon & Parsley Bake with Green Beans

Here is the fourth in a series of family friendly recipes, brought to you in association with Menu4mums. Ingredients 800g potatoes, peeled & sliced Butter/spread for greasing 350-400g salmon fillet, skinned and cut into cubes 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1.5 tbsp plain flour 400ml milk 2-3 tbsp chopped parsley 2 tbsp crème fraiche 75g Cheddar cheese, grated 150-200g frozen green beans Method Heat oven to 190C or Gas 5. Grease a large ovenproof dish with the butter/spread.  Boil sliced potatoes for 5 mins, then drain. Heat the olive oil in a pan, and gently fry the...

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