Monday, 9 January 2012


The day will come when you decide the time is right to get back into shape after the birth of your baby.  Be it three months, a year or two…for many of us the baby belly is what we want to shift.

1. Start Slow! You might be eager to get back into your pre-pregnancy skinny jeans, but be patient. It can take up to a year to lose the weight and tone the belly, which is completely normal and even preferable. The amount of time it takes to see results also depends on your pregnancy, whether or not you had a caesarean section and your own body. Be sure to get the green light from your doctor or health visitor to start working out again.

2. Eat Right! A healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy will help you lose weight and give you enough energy to work out and keep up with your baby.   Casseroles, stir-frys and hearty soups are a great in the winter months to keep you energised and feeling full.

3. Breastfeed! Breastfeeding is a great way to tighten the belly because it causes the uterus to contract and quickly shrink back to its pre-baby size. Women who breastfeed lose weight faster than those who don’t— up to 300 calories a day. And if you breastfeed for more than six months, you can burn up to 400 calories a day.

4. Exercise! Fitting in 30 to 60 minutes of cardio most days is a great way to burn calories and lose belly fat, and it doesn’t have to involve making time to go to the gym. Put the baby in the pushchair and go for a walk to the park.  Get on the Wii fit or invest in a workout DVD – personally we love a bit of Davina McCall! 

Don’t expect miracle results overnight, celebrate all achievements (like getting through a particularly hard-section of a work-out) take it a week at a time and do what you can. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Support the Breastfeeding Pledge

Okay, so it will come as no great shock to readers of our blog that we love breastfeeding here at Emma-Jane.  Whilst pootling about on the old interweb, we came across the breastfeeding pledge.  Based in America, it’s written by Earth Mama and like them we too believe breastfeeding a baby is a gift of a mother’s love. 

Support with Integrity

The goal of the Support with Integrity Pledge is to strengthen and to unite the efforts of breastfeeding supporters who focus on getting the baby fed, and not taking sides about how it’s done, or being right. Each of us has preferences when it comes to technique, method, schedule or position, but quite honestly - whatever works for you and your baby.

Still in its infancy as we write our blog we hope that British mummies can get behind the pledge and sign their support too.

To be clear, this pledge isn’t about breastfeeding vs. formula feeding. It’s simply about uniting breastfeeding supporters who have a common goal: to help normalise breastfeeding, to help remove the barriers to breastfeeding, and to provide a peaceful village of supporters united in their desire to help women successfully breastfeed.