Win A Lingerie Set From Brastop.com!

So, who likes winning free stuff?

EVERYONE!!!

Brastop.com Competition!To celebrate the launch of their MID SEASON SALE, the lovely people at Brastop have offered one lucky BigBirthas reader the opportunity to win a lingerie set of their choice from ANYWHERE on their website!

The sale has discounts of up to 70% over a wide range of D-K cup lingerie and swimwear, including maternity and non-wired options: http://www.brastop.com/bra-sale-lingerie-clearance

Even if you don’t win, you still won’t leave empty handed, as all entrants will be emailed an exclusive discount code. So what are you waiting for!

What I need to do to win?

Step 1

Like the Big Birthas page on Facebook (but you’ve done that already, surely?) https://www.facebook.com/BigBirthas/

Step 2

Share the Facebook post about the competition (it wouldn’t be fair if you didn’t let your friends know about it too, now, would it?)

Step 3

Choose the lingerie set you would like from anywhere on http://www.brastop.com/ and complete the form below (easy!)

***SORRY, THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED***

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Judges decision is final, no cash alternative offered. Lingerie set chosen is non-returnable/non-exchangeable.

Good Luck!

 

Looking For A Bargain?

I’ve always got one eye open for a cheeky bargain. And when I’m updating the links for this site I often spot great deals, so I thought I might as well share them with you!

Hop along to Big Birtha’s Bargains – I’ll post links to any reduced price plus-size maternity wear (or regular items that could be suitable as maternity wear) I find, please feel free to post any good deals you spot.

Even if you wouldn’t fit into that gorgeous bargain of a size 22 babydoll dress, some other Big Birtha out there might be looking for just that!

Maternity Bra Page Now Online!

Need to find a new hammock for your melons?

Maternity Bra page now online (plus an article on nipple pads which was going to be on the end of the Bra Page until it got too long)!

Page on Nursing Bras coming soon…

What hope if even UNICEF repeat flawed research conclusions?

Doing some research for this site, I chanced across the Baby Friendly Initiative page at UNICEF.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the breastfeeding. It’s great in so many ways.

But UNICEF, in its clear desire to extol the virtues of breastfeeding, have saddened me with their keenness to repeat lazy research conclusions which state that breastfeeding reduces BMI, clearly made by people who are unable to distinguish between correlation and causation…

Update 2017 – (http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/News-and-Research/Research/Obesity/Breastfeeding-reduces-obesity-in-middle-aged-mothers/ – link no longer works as Unicef seems to have withdrawn the article – a good thing, in my opinion.)

Let’s read the title again; ‘Breastfeeding reduces obesity in middle-aged mothers’. The authors of the particular study UNICEF is reporting on concluded that while having more children is associated with higher BMI, ‘this increase would be offset if women breastfed’.

What the authors of the study actually discovered, was that women who breastfed had lower BMIs, that’s all. This is not new information. In fact, UNICEF reports it here, in a study two years prior to the one above, which makes no such unfounded claims.

Update 2017 – (http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/News-and-Research/Research/Obesity/Does-maternal-obesity-impact-on-breastfeeding-outcomes/ also appears to have been wihdrawn)

…obese women plan to breastfeed for a shorter period than normal weight women and are less likely to initiate breastfeeding… studies found that obese women breastfed for a shorter duration than normal weight women…

How the authors of the first study concluded that this meant that breastfeeding reduced womens’ BMIs, I do not know, but I’m very disappointed that UNICEF would then publish such an unfounded conclusion as fact, and even more disappointed to find they’ve done it TWICE:

http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/News-and-Research/Research/Obesity/Persistent-effects-of-womens-parity-and-breastfeeding-patterns-on-their-BMI/ (edit Sept 2015 UNICEF seem to have withdrawn this from their site)

Another article by the same authors, with similar conclusions:

The reduction in BMI associated with just 6 months breastfeeding in UK women could importantly reduce their risk of obesity-related disease and their costs as they age.

Now, perhaps it is true. It’s often reported that breastfeeding uses up to 500 calories a day:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/why-breastfeed.aspx#close

But let’s be clear about this, until there is evidence of a causal link between increased breastfeeding duration reducing BMIs, rather than a correlative link of women with higher BMIs breastfeeding for shorter durations, I’d really expect UNICEF to understand the difference.