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Whats the best make-up for oily skin?

What’s the Best Make Up For Oily Skin? Here’s How to Pull Off a Fresh Makeup Look

If you have oily skin, you know how nightmarish it is to wear makeup. Making your makeup last throughout the day, preventing the much dreaded shine on midday, and ensuring you don’t get breakouts can all be a hassle. However, it doesn’t mean that you can no longer wear makeup at all. Yes, make up for oily skin is still very much possible when you know how to do it right.

Shop for the Best Make Up for Oily Skin

The best makeup for oily skin must give you a flawless finish through the day without causing clogging on your pores. Here are some of the products you have to look for when buying your new makeup:

Oil free – The oil free formulations have the tendency to last longer on oily skin. Such products have the tendency to be a bit thicker formulation which makes it possible to use them sparingly.

Matte finishes If you are looking for base products such as foundation, the matte finishes will be able to help in controlling shine all day long while lasting longer as well.

Non-comodogenic – It means that this formula will not cause clogging on your pores. Many base products are going to claim that they are non-comodogenic for your skin to stay blemish free.

How to Prepare Your Oily Skin Before You Apply Makeup

Taking care of your skin prior to makeup application can help improve its look and the length of time it stays on your skin. Follow these simple tips before you touch that foundation brush:

Exfoliate Through eliminating dead skin cells, you will be able to even out the texture of your skin for a much smoother finish. Stay away from anything too harsh or abrasive as this can irritate your oily skin. You can also maintain the good condition of your skin with the use of a good exfoliator at least once every week.

Moisturize – Never listen to myths saying that people who have oily skin don’t have to moisturize. When you let your skin dry out, this will react through increasing its oil production. Try keeping the production of your natural oil under control by ensuring that your skin gets the nourishment it requires.

Be patient – Allow your skincare products to sink into your skin before you apply makeup. Wait for 10 minutes between moisturizing and putting on your makeup.

Steps for Makeup Application on Oily Skin

Use a primer to smooth out your skin for a more flawless finish and ensure that your makeup will last longer on your skin. Use one with Silica for additional matte effect.

Use a big buffing brush to apply your foundation in several light layers to make it last longer.

When applying your foundation, allow it to set before putting on powder. It can do wonders if you leave it for 5 to 10 minutes to bond to your skin.

Don’t over powder during the day as it will just give your makeup a cake appearance and encourage more oil production from the pores. You can use blotting papers for quick touchups throughout the day.


🙂 x

Balance your hormones naturally

Balance Your Hormones Naturally to Be Healthier and Feel Better

Deficiencies, excesses, and fluctuations in hormones can cause changes in your physical body, mind, and emotions. When you balance your hormones naturally, you can think clearly, sleep well, feel good, become emotionally steady, and have better chances of staying healthy. If your hormones are not in balance, there are several symptoms that might arise, such as rage, low energy, weight gain, depression, fibroids, hair loss, loss of sexual drive, and even cancer.

To keep your hormones in check, here are several ways you can follow for you to feel better and stay healthier:

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is the best time when your body recovers from the imbalances it suffered during the day. When you lack enough sleep, your hormones swing to overdrive. Make sure you get at least  8 hours of good sleep each night.

Reduce Your Stress Levels

Studies revealed that people who engage daily yoga or meditation have lesser hormonal swings compared to those who don’t meditate stress in any way. Also, it is important to get enough rest. Most people today have hectic schedules that their body has very little time to readjust from the demands of life. It can disrupt the body’s natural hormones cycle. Look for small ways to relax and rest all day long.

Follow a Healthy Diet

Add more fresh and organic vegetables and fruits to your diet together with more seeds and raw nuts. Foods like processed carbohydrates, soft drinks, fried foods, processed vegetable oil, soy products, and enriched flour can all affect hormonal balance. Stay away from non-organic dairy items that often contain dangerous bovine growth hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. All of these can wreak havoc on your body.



Add Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Such fats act to produce healthy and responsive cell membranes that allow hormones to easily adhere to cells. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help your body in keeping its cellular receptor sites in optimal condition and repaired. You can try to eat foods that contain omega 3 or you can also take 500 mg of organic oil of high quality such as olive, flaxseed, or hempseed oil.

Forget Caffeine

It has been revealed that stimulants like caffeine can lead to over production of hormones in the adrenal gland. Try to cut out or cut down your daily caffeine intake.

Get a Dose of Sunshine

You will be able to stabilize hormones when you give your body a good amount of full spectrum light from the sun. I know we dont get much sun here in Britain but take advantage when the sun decides to make an experience by taking a stroll whenever possible. It can help you get your much needed exercise and the sunshine needed by your body.

Exercise Regularly

Make sure you incorporate a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise thrice a week to your routine. Create a schedule that you will be able to follow on a regular basis.

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Take Herbal Supplements

There are certain herbal supplements known to help in balancing hormones, such as wild yam, blessed thistle, dandelion, motherwort, and saw palmetto. and red clover.


🙂 x

Enhance your libido naturally

Enhance Your Libido Naturally – Simple Tips for the Ladies for a Renewed Sex Drive

Low libido is among the most common sexual issues that many modern women experience these days. There are many factors or reasons why a woman suffers from a drop in sex drive. But, the worst thing that can happen is when it starts to affect your relationship, especially because sexual gratification of both partners is one of the most crucial aspects of a healthy and long relationship.

Good thing there are now many ways on how to enhance your libido naturally. If you don’t want to compromise your romantic relationships, or put a strain on your marriage, make sure you take note of these simple methods to boost your sexual drive the natural way.

Be More Physically Active

For you to enjoy and experience a better and more exciting sex life, it is a must that you are in great overall healthy. Exercise happens to be one of the best ways to ensure that your body stays fit and in proper shape. Aside from that, exercise also helps in increasing the circulation of blood to your genitals. Low blood circulation is found to be among the main reasons behind sexual dysfunction and reduced libido in women.

Say No to Stress

As far as women are concerned, their brain is also equally involved during the sexual process. Even the smallest things that can disturb them emotional can already have an impact on their libido or sex drive, and make them lose interest in engaging in any sexual act. Reducing your stress factors is one of the best methods to enhance your libido naturally. When your mind is at peace and in better state, it will be easier for you to feel aroused, and you will find sex more enjoyable. There are several relaxation techniques that can help you here, and these include meditation and yoga.

Herbal or Natural Libido Enhancers

There are now natural supplements which can give women the same effects and benefits as what the little blue pills were able to do for men. Such supplements are basically a powerful combination of different natural ingredients such as minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and herbs that don’t just increase the flow of blood to the clitoris but can also enhance the production of sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen without the harsh side effects brought about by hormone replacement therapy.

It will not only help improve libido and sex drive in women as this can also guarantee relief from some other issues like vaginal dryness, which is also a very uncomfortable problem for the ladies.

This kind of supplements are absolutely safe and don’t require prescription. These don’t cause any side effects, and will not interfere with other medications you are currently taking like birth control pills. Aside from these supplements, you can also find some fast acting and natural lubricants that are a great choice for those women who are not open to the idea of taking pills.

The herbs i would personally recommend for women:

  • Catuaba has been used for centuries as a aphrodisiac in Brazil as it contain three specific alkaloids that are believed to enhance your libido including yohimbe which is the most active component.
  • Damiana a shub native to Mexico is not only an aphrodisiac but also a great anti depressant and calming tonic.
  • Maca known as the superfood is great for enhancing your libido and also balancing your hormones.
  • Panax gingseng has many benefits from boosting your immune systems and lowering blood sugar levels. Gingseng is great for women who are going through menopause.
  • Ashwagandha a natural ayuvedic herbal aphrodisiac was mentioned in the Kama Sutra and has been used throughout Asia and Africa as a sexual stimulant.

These are just some of the ways to help ladies enhance your libido naturally.

🙂 x


Is sex after birth possible?

Is sex after birth possible? If yes, how soon can you do it? Will it affect the sex drive of a woman? What are the things you have to avoid in lovemaking during the first several months after childbirth?


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There are different sexual implications associated with childbirth, which include physical considerations and psychological factors. Following childbirth, sex is usually the last thing on the mind of a woman since her body still needs some time to recover. Whether the delivery is via a natural vaginal birth or C-section, it is often necessary to engage in sexual abstinence for 6 weeks to allow the closing of the cervix, healing of the internal tears, dissolving of stitches, and ending of post-natal bleeding.

Each woman differs as to when she is ready, or even feels the desire to engage in sex again.  There are women who need several months, while others will start to feel ready for making love again in just a matter of weeks. In case you are not sure whether you can resume sex or not, always ask your doctor for advice.

Several weeks following the delivery, a woman’s vagina discharges lochia, a combination of mucus, residual blood, and tissue coming from the uterus. With the slowing down of bleeding and progressing of healing, this discharge will gradually turn into watery pink, brown, and finally, yellowish white. In general, lochia discharge lasts for 2 up to 6 weeks. If a baby passed through the vagina, it can lead to tearing of delicate tissues, and lead to vaginal soreness. Although it might not happen, the perineal area could still feel a bit sensitive and bruised for quite some time.  As for births that involve surgery, women must be very careful in keeping their stitches free from risks of infection or reopening. Some women also need to delay resuming sex longer due to issues with their wounds.

When a new mother is breastfeeding, her vagina also tends to be sensitive. Hormone fluctuations during breastfeeding could suppress her sex drive coupled with other factors such as fatigue and tiredness. Men usually feel very frustrated if they have been waiting to engage in sexual intercourse. Therefore, a couple has to be careful in treading back to their sexual routine. They have to start slow with longer intimacy and foreplay. 

Hormonal worries and changes can also cause some women to suffer from vaginal dryness during the initial 3 months following childbirth. This vaginal dryness is treatable with the use of over the counter medications. There are also condoms with built in lubricant that are also equally effective.

Kegel exercises are also a great way for the vaginal muscles to return to their original shape and regain muscle tone for a woman to feel aroused again. Such exercises are done through tightening of Puboccoygeus muscles which regulate urine flow and also effects the intensity of a woman’s orgasm and are best recommended for those women who are still recovering from their pregnancy.

Take a look at Harvard’s Medical step by step guide for performing Kegels.

Even though having a new baby is a blessing, the effort and time required to take of them can prevent most couples from having more intimate moments with each other. It is not always easy to balance your child’s needs with your urges but you can do it when both you and your partner will be willing enough to make some effort.


🙂 x


Increase and maintain milk supply tips

As painful as it was at time when my breasts were engorged, the thought of having an abundance of milk to give my baby was fulfilling to say the least. Then there was days where my breasts just looked deflated so I was unsure as to whether my son was getting enough milk or not. Not to mention when I had to express milk if I was leaving my son with a relative and fifteen minutes of pumping would only result in 2 ounces of milk. This was disheartening as this happened on more than one occasion.

How is breast milk made?

The nipples contain many nerve endings which are triggered when the infant suckles the breast and causes a release in oxytocin and prolactin into the mother bloods stream. The prolactin hormone acts as the milk making tissue and increases the milk supply whereas the oxytocin causes the breast to release the milk that is present in the breast.

This release is known as the let-down reflex or the milk ejection reflex which is a normal reflex elicited by stimulation of the nipple resulting in milk being released from the glands of the breast. Therefore the more a baby suckles, there will be a surge of breast milk released from the glands resulting in the more milk bring produced.




Factors that can decrease milk supply

There are a number of factors as to why some mothers can’t feel like they can maintain an adequate supply of milk but be reassured even if your baby cries after a feed that doesn’t mean that they didn’t get enough milk, what is important is that you child is gaining weight. Pumping 2 ounces on some occasions and 4-5 ounces on other days I understand how this can make you feel as a mother and here could be some reasons why this may be;

  • Birth control- estrogen containing contraceptives have been linked to low milk supply
  • Breast surgery- Supply can be reduced due to the cutting of milk ducts and nerves.
  • Herbs- Such as black walnut, parsley, chickweed can suppress milk production
  • Suckling difficulties- It’s important that your child latches onto the breast correctly while feeding, (See below).
  • Not feeding at night- Prolactin levels are higher at night therefore this is the best time to feed and increase your milk supply.
  • Use of dummies- Some research suggest that dummies can discourage breastfeeding but more research is required to conclude this advice. (see below)
  • Scheduling feeds- If a baby is hungry but isn’t scheduled yet for a feed the mothers breast milk remain full therefore milk production will slow down.


empty breast = more milk 


Does the food and liquid I consume effect milk supply?

Contrary to popular belief there are many blogs, posts and websites that have such headings ’10 foods that will increase your milk supply’, ’25 foods that will increase your milk supply’ the list is really endless. Having had a browse of these miraculous milk producing foods there isn’t a particular food that is going to increase your milk supply but they will however help. According to Irene Zoppi an internationally board certified lactation consultant and clinical education specialist for Medela mothers should do the following.

Keep pumping: Some mothers notice a decrease in milk supply once they return back to work so one solution to this would be to pump whenever possible; before your baby wakes up, after each feed at various times, through the night especially if your child has stopped feeding through the night this can be known as power pumping. Power pumping tricks your body into producing more milk as you are constantly emptying your breasts.

The method

The best time do use this method would be when your milk supply is at its peak which is usually in the morning.

  • Pump for 20 minutes and rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for another 10 minutes and rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes

An hour or so of much needed uninterrupted mummy time is required.

Feed and feed some more: This method is pretty simple as you just need to feed on demand. The more your baby suckles the more breast milk is produced. Simple supply and demand.

Keep hydrated: According to Zoppi drinking more water to increase your milk supply is a myth. Of course this is not to say that you shouldn’t drink the recommended 8 or so glasses per day but there is no need to go overboard. Stick to this rule of drinking when you are thirsty or when you feel hungry because we can at times mistaken hunger for thirst. I would personally recommend drinking coconut water which contains natural electrolytes including potassium and sodium and is perfect for hydrating the body.

Check your latch: An improper latch could result in a number of issues but one of them is that you child wont feed properly therefore they wont get enough milk. Have a read of my post on breastfeeding pros and woes for the correct technique a step by step guide.

Relax: What ever you enjoy doing to relax. Do it. As much as you can even if its for 30 minutes a day. This could be a bath, to read a book , using aromatherapy and meditating in a quiet space or even watching a film. When we get stressed our bodies react with a flight or flight response. This can then lead to muscles becoming tense and an increase in respiratory and heart rate.

I highly recommend the book by Dr Herbert Benson who coined and wrote the book ‘The relaxation response’ which describes the scientific benefits of relaxation.

Herbal remedies and/or prescriptions: I am a herbal tea fan and my two go two herbs I would consume are fenugreek and fennel.  Just like pharmaceutical medication, herbs should also be taken with caution. It is advised to slowly increase your intake of fenugreek while breastfeeding until your urine and sweat smell like maple syrup. Discontinue if you have any adverse reaction to these herbs and try an alternative. I don’t agree with the one glove fits all method and there are many alternatives available as there is over 390,000 species of vascular plants (369,000 are flowering plants) on this planet so i’m sure there is more than these two that can help you.

Use of dummies/ bottles? I had to add a question mark to this point as after much research it is difficult to say as to whether giving your baby a dummy/bottle will result in a decline in feeding. The World Health Organisation warns mothers that giving breast fed babies dummies can discourage breastfeeding whereas as study carried out by scientists from Orgegon Health and Science University found the opposite. The researchers studied a small control group of  2.249 newborn babies up until the age of 14 months and found that there was a 11% decline in breastfeeding rates once the dummy was removed whereas there was an 10% increase in babies who breastfed and received formula. Thus is does depend on the child and you as the mother will know whether your child is thriving from your feeds.

🙂 x


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Breastfeeding pros and woes

Nothing can honestly prepare you for what it entails to breastfeed your child as a first time mother. You can read all the books, articles and magazines in the world, friends, family and health professionals will give you their advice and might I add their horrific experiences of breastfeeding which makes the thought even more daunting. But just like anything else, practice and patience makes perfect.

I breastfeed my little boy for 26 months which may seem like a long time and as I want to be as transparent as possible on my blog I have to admit it wasn’t the easiest 26 months I have ever encountered.  I just want to point out the following ‘woes’ I experienced as a first time mother and we will work our way up to the beauty of breastfeeding and leave this post on a high note. But first the nitty gritty.

Woe number 1.

I have one inverted nipple (transparent). If any of you don’t know what an inverted nipple it is when you nipple is more indent than it protrudes. I would say mine is half and half. This was my first concern when I had made the decision that I was going to go all the way and breast feed my son up until the age of two years. What if he unable to latch on? What if I don’t produce enough milk in my right breast? what if what if what if…? So I read up on other women’s accounts of breastfeeding with an inverted nipple and my worries lessened slightly as many said they had no problems feeding and producing milk.  But just to be on the safe yet slightly anxious side I decided to purchase a latch assist small mechanism which I must say did help but I gave up using literally within seconds while I was at the hospital as my son latched on to my inverted nipple breast within about one minute with no problems (first proud mama moment)


Woe number 2.

Cracked nipples. I was just having flashbacks there for a moment. This was quite an agonising experience to say the least. Nothing worse than having to put on a bra when your nipple (or nipples ) are cracked, sore let alone having your mini me suckle on them for short but frequent periods throughout the day.

What causes cracked nipples?

An improper latch can cause cracked nipples. Below is just a a short step by step guide on how to breastfeed



I researched various nipple creams and the most popular was by the Lansinoh brand.

I was aware of the proper breastfeeding technique but still suffered from cracked nipples occasionally and this was mainly down to breastfeeding throughout the night. Newborns wake on average every 2-3 hours for a feed the night time is no exception of course. In zombie mode as I was so concerned about co-sleeping with my baby (it is recommended that you shouldn’t with a newborn) my son would sleep in his cot next to my bed which meant my body would be on auto pilot; semi sleep for two hours, walk to the cot, breast feed with one eye open, put son back into cot and back to semi-sleeping and repeat… at least 3-4 times a night… for a year. This of course got a bit easier as he would feed less through the night once he started eating some solid foods.

Woe number 3.

Lack of sleep. One thing that I found difficult at times was when I would hear other parents who bottle fed or started giving their babies solids at an early age that their child was sleeping through the night before they were six months.  I believe it was due to these conversations that I started to introduce solids to my son as well as breastfeed because I was just exhausted. But I was still adamant about breastfeeding my son for the first two years.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding your child past 6 months?

Immunoglobulins are antibodies and there are five different types; IgG, IgA, IgM, IgD and IgE. These can all be found in human breast milk and the one that is found in abundance in the gut and respiratory system is secretory IgA. Babies that are bottle fed don’t begin making secretory IgA on their own until they are a couple of weeks or even months after birth which gives them fewer means of battling ingested pathogens.

According to the Journal of Paediatrics  there is evidence for better long-term health after breast feeding in disorders such as celiac disease, Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, malignant lymphoma, chronic liver disease, atopic dermatitis, and food allergies.

Woe number 4.

Engorged breasts. Ouch! Another flashback of how uncomfortable this would be not to mention quite surreal it was to have the feeling that you have just undergone some back street boob job. This is usually caused by missing a feed, baby refusing to feed, weaning to early, expressing routinely and so forth. This article on avoiding and treating engorged breast has some useful tips.

Woe number 5.

Saggy breasts. Just to follow on from woe number 4 one thing I have noticed is that I now feel like my breast have not returned to how they was pre-pregnancy. Now this was down to breastfeeding for a long period of time and my weight fluctuating as I can definitely see and feel a difference

What causes breast sagging?

The Cooper’s ligaments are bands that are attached the chest to the muscle and provide support. During pregnancy these are stretched along with the skin. This in turn results in women’s bust size increasing during pregnancy to prepare them for breastfeeding but can cause your breast to droop due to the increased tension on the ligaments. Just like an elastic band over time if stretched will lose its elasticity and no longer taut.

Additional stretching then starts to happen once a mother starts to breastfeed because the milk ducts grow and fill up with milk. Having enlarged breast for a longer period of time will result in stretched ligaments therefore causing that unwanted sagging.


These four but simple exercises in Women’s Health magazine I personally do have made such a difference in a short period of time but consistency is key.


Woe number 6.

Lack of support/ criticism. After reading a lot of other breastfeeding mothers accounts of breastfeeding their infants at all let alone past 6 months was that many received backlash and no support from families and friends even worse from their own partners. I for one wouldn’t say that my experience was that terrible but I do recall receiving snide comments here and there such as why do I still breast feed my son? Being asked more than once from the same people as to when am I planning to stop breastfeeding.  Not to mention those judgemental looks you would get for breastfeeding your child in public (never understood why this would be offensive). I personally would also use my sling or cloth to cover my self but I don’t and wouldn’t criticise a women who didn’t. We seem to forget what breasts were created for but I wont get into that right now.

Support and networking groups would be the best option for anyone who is seeking help with any issues they may have I following these amazing groups on social media:

Black women do breastfeed

Breast is best

And the National Health service is also very helpful.

Woe number 7.

Expressing milk. I believe I bought about four breast pumps In total and to be honest I found it much easier to express by hand, as I had much more control of my breast and there is a knack to it but it can also be time consuming. One issue I had at times was eating enough calories and keeping hydrated especially when I returned back to work this was also a worry of mine; expressing at work. My first job out of university was in a children’s hospital (might i add i was pregnant in my final year) so expressing at work wouldn’t of been an issue if i chose to however my son was 15 months when I started back at work so i would pump and store and he would eat solids in the day and had milk and i would feed through the night.

Read my post of maintaining milk supply here.

Now we get to the best part. The pro’s of breastfeeding. Now because the list is literally endless i’m going to break them down into bullet points with a short explanation as I could really go on forever.

Beauty in Breast feeding number:

  1. Bonding: Oxytocin or the ‘love hormone’ is released during labour into the blood and floods the mother brain during breastfeeding. The Public Library of Science Computational Biology published a study that was conducted by scientists at Warwick University concluding that when a baby suckles the mothers neurons respond releasing more of the hormone from their dendrites thus creating a stronger link between nerve cells and resulting in a positive feedback loop.
  2.   Strengthens the infants immune system:

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3. Uterus contraction:  The love hormone that we just spoke about is also responsible for uterus contraction while breastfeeding and also reduces the chances of post delivery blood loss. Women who breastfeed their infants, uterus will return back to is normal size at six weeks postpartum compared to mothers who don’t at about 10 weeks.

4. Aids with weight loss: Breastfeeding doesn’t burn calories but it does use them.  See 1 smoothie to aid rapid weigh loss.

5. It’s free: you cant get any better reason than that. Reading up on various parenting posts and asking friends and family about how much they spend on tins of formula; its costs around £10 a week for one tin that will last approximately 6-7 days. That’s £40 a month and £480 a year. There are also follow on milks to add more costs.

6. No periods. Yippee! Breastfeeding will delay ovulation. This is due to the release of prolactin which keeps oestrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn’t triggered.  Women who bottle feed their babies tend to start their periods within about a month or two postpartum whereas women who breast feed can start in weeks, months or even years.

7. Convenient. Boob on tap. No formula mixing, no heating up bottles, no waiting for bottles to cool down, no washing up. Simple as lifting up your top and your baby latched on and its the perfect temperature.

8. Decreased risk in Sudden Infant Deaths (SIDS). An international study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia suggested that breast feeding for at least two months cuts a babies changes of SIDS by almost half.

The benefits are almost endless so I am a big advocate for breast feeding but by no means am I one to judge another mothers decision if they chose not to breast feed. Once I started to have an understanding for why some women chose not to breast feed I was more open to the idea of formula feeding. Some women can’t breast feed due to a medical condition, they have a low pain threshold, it can be exhausting; mentally and physically and if you don’t have the support it can make it even more difficult to breast feed.

Another alternative would be to use milk banks .This might not be for everyone but there are women who produce milk in abundance and have enough to donate. Take a look at my post on milk banks in the UK.

🙂 x














Breast Milks banks- United Kingdom

Every Drop Counts- UKAMB

Hearts Milk Bank

Unit 233, Biopark

Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City



Dr Natalie Shenker

Gillian Weaver


Out of hours: 07732019040



Milk available to neonatal units, paediatrics units and babies in the community, under medical guidance. Follow us @heartsmilkbank on Facebook and Twitter.

Medway Maritime Hospital Milk Bank


Medway Maritime Hospital

Windmill Road




Maureen Mallard

Hannah Selway-Taylor

01634 825125


Southampton Human Milk Bank

Princess Anne Hospital

Coxford Rd



SO16 5YA

Anita Holloway

Lycia Merrifield

023 8120 6009

07795 506279



Usually has donor milk available for other hospitals

The Precious Drops Milk Bank (Bristol)

Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

Marion Copeland

Mikealia Inglis

0117 414 6717

0117 414 6898



King’s College Hospital Milk Bank

King’s College Hospital Milk Bank

Denmark Hill



Jude Angell

Tereza Cepelkova

01689 864924


St Peter’s Hospital Milk Bank – Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust


St Peter’s Hospital

Guildford Road



KT16 0PZ

Becki Hutchinson

01932 722667


Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea HospitalImperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Du Cane Road


W12 0HS

Always has milk available for other hospitals

Dr Stephanie D’Arc – Milk Bank Manager

020 3313 3559


Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Lambeth Palace Road



Camilla Kingdon

020 7188 8846


St George’s Hospital Milk Bank

Neonatal Unit

Blackshaw Road



SW17 0QT

Theresa Alexander

020 8725 4723


Oxford Human Milk Bank – John Radcliffe Hospital

John Radcliffe Hospital

Oxford University Hospitals

Headley Way




Amanda Wood

01865 225507


Milk bank staffed on Mondays and Fridays, please leave message or email at other times

Birmingham Milk Bank

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Mindelsohn Way



B15 2TG

Jennifer Harris and Marina Rudge

0121 623 6870


Provides donor milk to other hospitals

Neonatal Unit – Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust

The Rosie Hospital

Robinson Way



Janette Clark

01223 274171



Northwest Human Milk Bank

NoWFOOD Centre

University of Chester

Parkgate Road



Jackie Hughes

01244 511440

01244 511441



Always has donor milk available for other hospitals

Calderdale and Huddersfield Donor Breast Milk Bank

The Neonatal Unit

Calderdale Royal Hospital



West Yorkshire


Paula Wood

01422 224 421


Usually has donor milk available for other hospitals

The Human Milk Bank

Unit 2 The Cornsheads

Mill Street


Co. Fermanagh

BT94 1GR

Ann McCrea

Vivienne Carson

028 686 28333 (from UK)

048 686 28333 (from RoI)

07825 196979


ALWAYS has donor milk available for other hospitals

One Milk Bank for Scotland

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Maternity Unit

1345 Govan Road


G51 4TF

Debbie Barnett

0141 232 4006