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The Secret War Against Breastfeeding

I came across this article today and it really hit home with me. I was a complete failure at breastfeeding. I felt like with my first child I was bombarded at the hospital with too much information about how I should breastfeed.

Long before electric blenders and Gerber baby food, infants got most of their protein from human breast milk until their 2-year-old molars allowed them to chomp on animal tissue.

Long before electric blenders and Gerber baby food, infants got most of their protein from human breast milk until their 2-year-old molars allowed them to chomp on animal tissue.

With my second I was a lot more successful, I lasted about 6 weeks. With number 3 I thought surely I can do this, no problem. I was engorged within days and threw my hands up in defeat. I really wanted to breastfeed but the demands of my daily and personal life just made it so difficult. That, coupled with a lot of mis-information and lack of support made my decision to stop the breast and switch to formula very easy.

It is amazing to think how our ancestors survived. It was breast or death! They had no excuses like I did. I hope I can support all of those breastfeeding Moms out there. I like to think that Bloom provides it’s customers with the equipment and emotional support that they need to continue to breastfeed. Although in the end, it is ultimately a Mother’s decision to breastfeed or not to breastfeed.

The Secret War Against Breastfeeding

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BPA and why we should be concerned.

Before having my third child I made a point of getting rid of all of my old baby bottles since BPA was becoming such a hot topic. I purchased great BPA free bottles from Born Free and Dr. Brown’s. What I wasn’t thinking about was all of the rest of the plastic in my household – water bottles and soup cans just to name a few. Why isn’t the USA taking a tougher stance on BPA regulations?

We are responsible for providing our children with a safe and healthy environment.

We are responsible for providing our children with a safe and healthy environment.

As a parent we want to provide a safe and healthy environment. Now I am feeling so guilty about re-heating baby food in a plastic container! I think this is a great article about the myths and dangers of BPA that is all around us. And now that you know, please tell your friends.

How bad is it?

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Leftovers & My Favorite Baby Food Recipes

I have talked at great length about my baby food making experiences and how much I love my BEABA Babycook! I have taken a couple of weekends off from making baby food because of traveling out of town and was so happy to get back home and start making baby food again. The store bought stuff is really bland and tastes about the same! A couple of you have asked me to share some of my favorite recipes and I thought I would share this quick tip!

After a 7 hour car trip the other day, we stopped at the grocery store and bought a rotisserie chicken. I made some applesauce in my Babycook and then threw in the leftover chicken. I tasted it and it was good but definitely needed something. That is when my husband, the chef gave me a wonderful book from his culinary school days! It list food matches for every kind of fruit and vegetable you can think of. So I looked up apples and here is the very condensed list of spices and flavors that best go with apples:

  • Brown sugar
  • Calvados
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cream
  • Custard
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Nutmeg
  • Pepper, black
  • Raisins
  • Rum
  • Vanilla

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  • Walnuts

I opted out of adding alcohol and nuts to my meal but the others sounded great. So I added a little ground cloves to my chicken and applesauce concoction and it was PERFECT! Not to mention my babe loved it!

Happy cooking!

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Making your own baby food with the Babycook (and a Babycook giveaway!)

BEABA Babycook

The Babycook steams your fruit, vegetables and meats while preserving vitamins and flavor and all in less than 15 minutes!

Be sure to read to the end of my review to learn how you can enter to win your very own Babycook!

My baby is now 6 months old and I figured time to start solid foods! The other day I brought home my new BAEBA Babycook. I love this small but mighty machine.

I washed the basket, read the simple instructions and I was ready. My first baby dish was going to be delicious fresh Texas yellow squash. I chopped up the squash, added water to the heating reservoir and turned the dial to cook and walked away. The Babycook steams your fruit, vegetables and meats while preserving vitamins and flavor and all in less than 15 minutes! After my squash was perfectly cooked I emptied the contents of the cooking basket into the mixing bowl. The Babycook purees or blends the food and you control the consistency of the final product, chunky to completely smooth. I put the squash in a bowl and served it to my daughter. She clearly was not as excited about the Babycook as I was!

The  next morning my enthusiasm had not faltered. I was ready to try again. This time I just threw in a ripe pear. I did peel the pear first, wasn’t sure what the consistency would be after I blended it with the skin on. I puréed it until it was nice and smooth and breakfast was served.

Multiportion

Babycook Multiportions - store and freeze your baby food a

After creating delicious babyfood I was wondering what to do with all of the leftovers. Thankfully I brought home two Multiportions to freeze the leftover babyfood in. Multiportions are designed for freezing and storing a la carte foods for baby. The Multiportions are comprised of seven individual portions of ¼ cup (60 ml) each. Multiportions are made from silicone. These lightweight storage containers are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Additionally, Multiportions are Bisphenol-A free. This product is the perfect compliment for the Babycook allowing you to make the freshest and best food for baby. Making baby food in batches and freezing it makes preparing your own baby food as convenient as buying prepared foods, with the added benefit of using only the best ingredients.  Parents can use the Babycook to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods.

Ok, so maybe you are wondering why should I invest in a Babycook? The Babycook is compact and lightweight – meaning it takes up very little counter space and if you want to store it, not a problem. The mixing bowl and cooking basket are top-rack dishwasher safe. When you are making food you only dirty one pot! Less clean up for you. It comes with a great recipe book, that was written by a famous French nutritionist Agnes Mignonac. Recipes are arranged into age groups to offer balanced meals that are suitable for your baby’s development.

BABYCOOK:

* Prepares fresh, healthful meals for baby.

* Includes 2 1/2-cup plastic bowl, cooking basket and spatula, with recipe booklet.

* 350W, 11″ x 5 1/2″ x 8″ high.

* The machine has no traceable amounts of BPA.

I am determined to feed my child fresh and healthy options while introducing menus such as salmon with pasta and asparagus! After all, my husband is a chef and I consider myself a foodie – shouldn’t we get our baby off on the right foot? I love my Babycook and think you will too. The Babycook qualifies for FREE shipping when you purchase from Bloom Maternity.

WIN A FREE  BEABA BABYCOOK FOR YOUR BABY!

Here are the ways in which you can enter to win. For each one you’ll receive one entry:

1. Submit a comment to this post telling us why you’d love your own Babycook and you’ll be entered to win. Be sure to include a valid email address so we can reach you.*

2. Write a post on your blog about our Babycook review and giveaway, being sure to mention Babycook and Bloom Maternity and using this post’s permalink. Send us the link to your post at allison@bloommaternity.net.

3. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BloomMaternity and we’ll follow you back. Then Tweet about our giveaway, being sure to reference Babycook and @BloomMaternity and using this post’s permalink.

*Deadline to enter is midnight CDT on Wednesday, June 10th. Winners will be chosen by random.org and announced here on our blog on Friday, June 11. You must have a valid email and mailing address within the United States. Winners will have three days to claim prizes. Good luck!

See the Babycook in action in this CBS morning show video!

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