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LATEST REVIEWS! May 02 2017

We LOVE reading reviews and getting feedback on our BetterBump Bars!

Here are a few recent ones <3

 

Catherine F. (April 2017)

"I received a free trial bar in the post today and before I made it back inside from the mail box, I had finished it! The Oat Berry with Dark Chocolate was amazing. Just enough chocolate to quench a sweet craving!"

 

Amanda H. (April 2017)

“I received my bar in the mail today , it was good timing because I was hungry ! I quickly started eating it & it tastes great , not too sweet & it's very filling. I'm 29 weeks pregnant so hopefully this can provide some much needed energy to chase after my toddler. I like that it's Australian made too”

 

Louise P (April 2017)

“Loved this healthy snack knowing that I was also giving my baby a little dose of goodness, even though it was so yummy! I'm 27 weeks pregnant and is now my go-to snack “

  

Nikki H (Feb 2017)

“I really wish I'd found these bars when I was pregnant with my son. However, they're equally good as a healthy snack for a busy new mum that's constantly on-the-go! They taste delicious...my favourite is the apricot and almond with dark chocolate, but they're all great. Ideal for keeping in your handbag/nappy bag for when you've forgotten to eat...again!”

  

Natalie W (Dec 2016)

“I tried these bars for the first time while I was breastfeeding, and I wish I'd found them sooner. They are delicious! These bars would also be the perfect snack when you're pregnant and all you want is chocolate:) I would keep one in my handbag for whenever I started to get hungry. I just can't believe that they're healthy too. Yum!”


BetterBump loves helping Mums October 08 2015

We love feedback in order to improve the BetterBump product and service for all Mums and Mums-to-be. And hey, who doesn't like a bit of praise every now and then!

This is what Sally, one of our many valued customers, had to say:

Hey my name is Sally, I have been exclusively expressing for my son who is almost 4 months old with the help of BetterBump.

My son Charlie was born with Pierre Rubin Sequence which means he has a small chin, cleft palate & breathing difficulties. When I found out that it was physically impossible for him to breast feed I was heartbroken. So it is here I started my pumping journey. 

I was determined to give my son the best start in life with my breast milk. I found BetterBump after ordering a Belly Bandit belt. After trying it I was very excited to see an increase in my milk supply. I quickly jumped online and, before I knew it, I got my first order.BetterBump Bars are now my go to snack it is quick and you can eat it on the run! It really helps takes the stress out of pumping for me as it helps me make more milk for my son. I am now known to have midnight snacks on my BetterBump bar as it's a delicious treat that I don't feel guilty about.

Breast milk is so important especially when your children have complications. I can't thank BetterBump enough in helping me with my milk supply. 

Sally Fromm,

Sally also recorded the following testimonial:

 

If you, like sally, have something to say to BetterBump simply leave a review.
We would love to hear from you!


Kidspot BetterBump Reviews September 14 2015

Excitingly BetterBump was reviewed by Kidspot Mums. A great initiative getting real mums to review new products and give their honest and detailed feedback.

We were thrilled to see the wonderful feedback from Mum's around Australia. A snippet from what some of the reviewers had to say is below:

"The BetterBump bar was very tasty. I was in the middle of breastfeeding my 6 week old and realised I was starving. The BetterBump bar tasted really nice, not overly sweet. Certainly cured my hunger pangs and got me through to my next meal. It's nice to know that it's not packed full of sugar and other additives. Overall a satisfying snack that I would highly recommend"

Read all of the reviews here.


HealthyLife welcomes BetterBump in store July 08 2015

BetterBump is delighted to now be available at HealthyLife stores Australia – wide.

HealthyLife is Australia’s leading national health food retailer with over 75 stores nationally. Established in 1968 with a dedicated focus on providing quality health food products and superior advice, having helped thousands of customers achieve and maintain optimum health and well-being. 

BetterBump is mum's delicious and convenient guilt free snack to be enjoyed before and during pregnancy as well as whilst breast feeding. BetterBump is an all-natural, low GI, no added sugar snack for mums made in Melbourne.

Developed by a maternal dietitian and food scientist BetterBump is a smart choice of snack for when hunger strikes. This is a lactation bar designed to aid normal lactation and has been fortified with a maternal vitamin premix.

Visit the BetterBump Stockists page at betterbump.com.au/stockists to find the nearest retail outlet to you, or alternatively, simply place and order online at betterbump.com.au.

 

 


BetterBump headlines Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo May 27 2015

BetterBump is making a splash on the east-coast!

Next Tour Stop: Brisbane
When: Friday June 19 9:30am – 4pm, Saturday June 20 & Sunday June 21 9:30am – 5pm
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank

We made quite a splash with the Mum's and mother's-to-be of Sydney on the weekend and we're anticipating a similar reception on the banks of the Brisbane river next month.

The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo is Australia’s biggest parenting event. With hundreds of brands at the Expo, the exhibitors provide a great mix of expert advice and parenting tips with the latest products related to your pregnancy and quality entertainment. You can discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or your child. BetterBump love's being a part of it.

The Sydney show last weekend was a massive hit. The BetterBump set was introduced to thousands of mums from across Sydney to which the product received a fantastic reception. However, being the unique, innovative, tasty and nutritious product that it is we weren't surprised that it was loved by all new, pregnant, experienced and aspiring mothers at the Expo. Just take a look at what they had to say:

We took 1,000 BetterBump bars to Sydney and came home with none. We sold them all and ran out of bars for the last 2 hours of the show on Sunday. We can't wait to meet our Queensland fans. We anticipate a similar reception so please, don't miss out, come down and meet us in Brisbane next month!


Feedback from real Mums January 30 2015

Recently we randomly selected mums from around Australia to register and receive a free trial of BetterBump. The trial packs were the standard BetterBump size and were posted free of charge to people who had registered their interest. Providing feedback was optional, but we were overwhelmed at the positive, descriptive and informative nature of the testimonials.

Here is a sample of them.....

Yummy
Rating: 5 stars

“Very nice and so glad they are healthy for me and bub thankyou very much for letting me try”

Delicious and nutritious!
Rating: 5 stars

“They're so yummy and good for you! I feel great knowing that I can have the best of both worlds with a healthy yummy snack that's good for both me and bubba. Wonderful!”

Amazing
Rating: 5 stars

“Can't believe they are healthy. They are so delicious and so filling. Would love to stock up my cupboard with these amazing bars. Thank you so much for the sample Better Bump. :)”

Filling and nutritious
Rating: 4 stars

“I found this very filling and full of healthy ingredients. The chocolate isn't to overpowering and tastes nice and the oats kept my hunger at bay. A great size bar full of nutrition”

Great
Rating: 4 stars

“Great size...filling! Great taste...not too sweet! Great nutrition...full of goodness!”

What a surprise
Rating: 4 stars

“Different with a yummy chocolate base very filling, great size and not overly sweet”

Loved it
Rating: 4 stars

“Had the cranberry one with dark chocolate. It was very tasty and filling, love the sweetness of the cranberries to the contrast of the dark chocolate. Good combination”

Love It
Rating: 4 stars

“Yum! Love this bar I will be buy it again”

Tasty

Rating: 4 stars

“The product has taste and looks great. For the weight conscious person it makes a great meal substitute for all not just females”

Perfect snacks!
Rating: 5 stars

I was given a sample and like everyone else I was surprised at how big it was. Tasty, filling, and the calories are pretty low as well, just perfect!”

Filling, Tasty

Rating: 5 stars

Loved the chocolate base, surprised at how big the bar was, tasty, deliciously filling and very moreish”

Bump Bar Cranberry with Dark Chocolate

Rating: 5 stars

“I was pleasantly surprised at just how big this bar was. I had it as a midnight snack and it certainly satisfied me. It was such a bonus that it had health benefits and tasted so good. Thank you for allowing me to try it”

Tasty and satisfying

Rating: 5 stars

“The bar was so convenient to pop in my bag for a breakfast on the go with all the goodness I need to give me energy through the day. I was kept feeling full for hours, unlike a lot of the other highly processed bars”


Increasing Breast Milk Supply December 13 2014


One of the most common reasons mothers give for weaning is that they feel they don’t have enough milk for their baby. Here are some ideas to help you work out if your supply really is low and some suggestions that will help you make more milk, if it is low!

Your baby's needs are simple and few: food, care and comfort. You have already grown your baby in your womb for 9 months. Your body is designed to continue doing this through breastfeeding. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of your baby’s life and for breastfeeding to continue, with the addition of other foods, until 2 years or older. You can keep on breastfeeding for as long as you and your child wish.

In the early weeks/months, you and your baby are getting to know each other. You work together to build your milk supply. Feeding your baby whenever he needs it will help him get all the milk he needs to grow and develop. It is important to remember that every baby is different. Yours won't be the same as your sister's or your neighbour's baby.

How breastfeeding works

During pregnancy your breasts change and develop to be ready to make milk for your baby.  Milk is there even when your baby is born prematurely. The amount usually increases greatly a few days after birth (the milk comes in). The first milk in the breasts after the birth and, often before, is called colostrum. This thick, yellowish milk is more concentrated than mature milk. It is rich in protein and antibodies that help to protect your baby from illness. Your baby only needs a small amount of food in the first few days after birth. The amount of colostrum in your breasts is enough to meet his needs. Mature breastmilk, which is thin and bluish-white in appearance, gradually replaces colostrum over this time.

When he sucks at the breast, your baby stimulates tiny nerves in the nipple. This causes the release of hormones into your bloodstream. One of the hormones (prolactin) activates the milk-making tissues. The other hormone (oxytocin) causes the breast to push out or let down the milk.

How do I know if my baby is getting enough breastmilk?

If your baby shows the following signs then it is likely that you do have enough milk.

  • At least 6 to 8 very wet cloth nappies or at least 5 very wet disposable nappies in 24 hours. The urine should be odourless and clear/very pale in colour. A very young baby will usually have 3 or more soft or runny bowel movements each day for several weeks. An older baby is likely to have fewer bowel movements than this. Strong, dark urine or formed bowel motions suggest that the baby needs more breastmilk and you should seek medical advice.
  • Good skin colour and muscle tone. Does she look like she fits her skin? If you gently ‘pinch’ her skin, it should spring back into place.
  • Your baby is alert and reasonably contented and does not want to feed constantly. It is however normal for babies to have times when they feed more frequently. Some babies sleep through the night at an early age while others wake during the night for some time.
  • Some weight gain and growth in length and head circumference.

How to make more milk: Demand = Supply

To build your supply, the following ideas may help.

  • Provided that your baby is correctly attached, you will find that the quickest and most successful way to boost your supply is to breastfeed more often. Offer a breastfeed every 2–3 hours during the day, for a few days, or increase the number of feeds by offering the breast in between your baby's usual breastfeeds.
  • Here is an easy way to do this. If your baby does not settle after a feed, wait 20 or 30 minutes and then offer another quick little ‘top up’ breastfeed. Those few minutes of extra feeding and cuddling may be all that is needed to soothe and satisfy him.
  • Let your baby finish the first breast before switching to the second breast. Some babies may take up to 20 minutes or longer to drain a breast and obtain all the calorie-rich milk. Let your baby decide the length of the breastfeed.
  • Or, you may find it helps to change sides several times during a feed, whenever your baby's sucking seems to become less strong. Some people find that this encourages the baby to suck more strongly and stimulates a good let-down reflex.
  • You can also try massaging your breast. Stroke it towards the nipple on all sides as your baby feeds. Take care not to disturb the nipple in your baby's mouth.
  • If your baby is awake you can offer little ‘snack’ feeds without waiting for baby to cry for them.
  • You can try offering the breast to soothe your baby for a few days, instead of other comforting strategies (eg a dummy).
  • You may find that your baby has fussy periods when he wants to breastfeed more frequently.
  • Although they vary greatly, many new babies need 8–12 or more feeds in 24 hours. Babies generally feed less often as they get older.
  • To increase your supply, you will need to fit in more feeds than is usual for YOUR BABY. Feeds do not need to be very long, just more often. In each 24 hours some feeds may be only 5–10 minutes long, others may be 30 minutes or longer, particularly when baby feeds to sleep slowly and contentedly.
  • Help your milk to let-down quickly. Relax and enjoy feed times. Try to remove distractions (turn your phone off, put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on your door), then settle with baby into a comfortable chair. Breathe deeply, relaxing each part of your body separately as you may have learned to do at antenatal classes. Have a drink on hand, a book or a magazine, listen to the radio or watch TV.
  • Babies vary greatly in the amount of sucking they seem to need. There is no need to worry if your baby is contented with a fairly short feed. Some babies however love to continue sucking long after the flow of milk has dwindled to a trickle. This is fine too. Your baby will let you know how long his feeds need to be.
  • A baby who is well attached and positioned is more able to drain the breast well.

MORE FREQUENT FEEDING MEANS MORE MILK!

  • Feed your baby more often than usual.
  • Check that baby is well positioned at the breast.
  • Allow the baby to decide the length of a feed.

© Australian Breastfeeding Association Reviewed October 2012

 


How many meals should I eat? September 08 2014


Even if you are not hungry, chances are your baby is, so try to eat regularly. Aim for three meals and two to three healthy snacks (BetterBump) in between. If morning (all day) sickness, food aversions, heartburn or indigestion make eating a chore, eat less, more often. You may find that eating five or six small meals is easier on your body.

Eat high fibre, wholegrain, low GI foods which will help to make you feel full, and will be more nutritious, too.

Source: American Diabetes Association, or ADA


What’s a healthy way to put on weight? September 08 2014

It’s best to gain weight gradually. You will probably gain between 11Kg and 14Kg during your pregnancy, between 18Kg and 20Kg if you are pregnant with twins.

Bear in mind the weight gain varies among woman, and how much weight you put on during your pregnancy depends on many factors. So concentrate on eating a healthy diet of carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, protein and milk and dairy foods, and just a little in the way of fats and sugars.

You may gain the least weight during the first trimester. Your weight should then steadily increase throughout the second trimester, and you may put on the weight over the third trimester, when your baby is growing the most.

Source: American Diabetes Association, or ADA


Gestational Diabetes September 08 2014

Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and usually disappears after the birth but may reoccur in the next pregnancy.

GDM occurs when the hormones made by the placenta during pregnancy stop the body’s own insulin from working properly, causing blood glucose levels to rise. As glucose is the main fuel for your baby’s development, if your levels are too high, your baby may grow too fast, be born with excess body fat and is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes down the track.

Source: Glycaemic Index Foundation


The magic of oatmeal September 08 2014


Oatmeal has a low to moderate effect on your blood glucose level and insulin production. Eating food high in soluble fibre such as oatmeal on a daily basis may help stabilize your blood sugar and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, says the American Diabetes Association.

Oats have a lower GI than other grains because they provide both soluble and insoluble fibre. Foods with soluble fibre digest slowly, releasing the sugar content of a food at a gradual rate.

Glycaemic Index Foundation calls old-fashioned oats ”slow carbs”, because their soluble fibre content slows the breakdown of carbohydrates during digestion. Foods with a low GI help stabilize blood glucose levels, which keeps your insulin production within a normal range and helps to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Source: American Diabetes Association, or ADA


Choosing a low GI diet is not difficult September 08 2014

Unlike many other diets a low GI diet is not a restrictive diet, does not cut out major food groups and is a healthy way of eating and is suitable for the whole family. The key is to eat healthy, limit portion sizes, and have a variety of foods. Women are recommended to have about 2,000 calories a day. Yu don’t need any more than that until the last three months of your pregnancy, when you will need an extra 200 calories a day.

Some simple and important choices:

  • Choose rolled oats or muesli in place of processed cereals
  • Choose dense wholegrain bread in place of white or wholemeal
  • Choose more pasta, noodles, barley, quinoa, pearl cous cous over rice
  • Include legumes in your meals regularly
  • Snack on fruit, yogurt in place of processed foods

Go low GI for pregnancy September 08 2014


While we all benefit from eating well, during pregnancy this becomes even more important. Your diet during pregnancy can affect your child’s future health, long after they have been born.

Mother’s health during pregnancy can “program” her child’s metabolism in both good and bad ways. A poor diet during pregnancy predisposes a child to developing obesity or type 2 diabetes when he or she is older, where as a healthy low GI diet helps protect them.

Reducing the GI of your diet is one of the safest and most effective ways of ensuring the baby grows at a healthy rate.


Should I take any Vitamin Supplements when pregnant? September 08 2014

A well balanced diet and free from morning sickness and food aversions, would otherwise be sufficient nutrition for an expecting mum. However in the real world a vitamin – mineral supplement is a good idea.

Folic Acid is one supplement that is particularly important to take, starting before you conceive and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Food standards Australia New Zealand recommends that you should take a daily supplement which has at least 400 micrograms from before you start trying for a baby until you are 12 weeks pregnant.

Iodine is essential for your growing baby’s brain development and thyroid function. A daily supplement of 150 micrograms is recommended to ensure you have enough whilst pregnant. If you have a thyroid condition you should check with your doctor before taking an iodine supplement.

 

Source: BabyCentre Australia Medical Advisory Board, May 2014


Do I need to eat more when I am pregnant? September 08 2014

“Eating for two” is a pregnancy myth that experts say can prove fatal.

Your appetite may fluctuate through your pregnancy.

First Trimester: The first few weeks you may see your appetite fall away. Especially if you are feeling nausea.

Second Trimester: During the second trimester you may see your appetite return to pre pregnancy levels perhaps slightly increased.

Third Trimester: Towards the end of your pregnancy (Third Trimester) your appetite will probably increase. Small frequent meals may be helpful.

Your body becomes more efficient when you are expecting a baby and makes better use of energy that you get from food. You will however need extra kilojoules in your second and third trimesters.

The average woman needs an extra 1400kj a day during the second trimester, then again in your third trimester you need an additional 500kj on top of your intake in the second trimester.


Healthy eating during pregnancy September 08 2014

As a mum to be it is important to eat well. Eating a balance nutrient rich diet will make sure that you get all the necessary nutrients you and your developing baby needs.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines: Foods to be consumed

  • Vegetables - different types and colours
  • Fruit
  • Grain - including oats, bread, rice, pasta noodles
  • Lean meat - Fish, Poultry, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans
  • Milks - Yoghurts, milk mostly low fat
  • Water - Drink plenty of water daily

The Australian Dietary Guidelines: Foods to be avoided

  • Limit saturated fats
  • Choose foods low in salt
  • Limit food and drink with added sugar

 

Source: BabyCentre Australia Medical Advisory Board, May 2014


Obesity and pregnancy - the risks September 08 2014

Almost one in four Australian women are obese when they become pregnant, with alarming new evidence that they are putting their babies’ health at risk. One in four babies born to obese woman weighed more than 4Kg and their weight. Large babies often had their shoulders stuck in the birthing canal which could lower the baby’s oxygen levels and leave the aby with injuries or nerve problems. With the pregnant mother also at significant risk if obese.

Obese pregnant woman are twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes and 2.6 times more likely to develop severe hypertensive disease compared with normal weight woman.

Half of all obese woman have had to deliver through Caesarean Section.

Obese woman have a higher than normal rate of unexplained still births after 38 weeks.

"Children of woman who diet during pregnancy as well as those that overeat are more likely to grow up to be overweight" – Professor John Funder.