This week Kendal shares with us her experiences of antenatal expressing after finding out she had Gestational Diabetes and talks about how she gave this milk to Eddison by syringe before getting into the swing of latching her at the breast. After a week long stay in hospital, Kendal and Eddison have a positive and relatively uneventful breastfeeding journey.
At 7.5 months, Kendal returns to work as a ECE teacher and when Eddison continues to refuse a bottle, they find ways to make it work and are able to keep feeding until 18 months. Kendal talks about demand feeding, feeding in public and comments she experienced that made her more determined to push through.
Their journey comes to an abrupt end when Kendal suffers recurring mastitis with hospital admissions and she talks openly about how hard it was for her knowing they were both ending something they loved but not on their terms.
Lots of wonderful parenting reflections shared, thanks so much Kendal!
Bec shares her three massive journeys of feeding her four beautiful children from mastitis and a near ICU admission, to twin feeding twins with lip ties and then a happy long breastfeeding journey using nipple shields.
Bec strongly believes it's okay to not be okay, and eloquently describes challenges for her mental health and subsequent diagnosis with postnatal depression and PTSD when Maci was 7 months old. She also shares how this affected her feeding journeys and periods of burnout with her subsequent children.
Bec is the motherhood role model we all need- showing how much strength we can draw from speaking our truth. She is such a pleasure to listen to and I'm so grateful she came along to share her story.
Sarah shares with us her journey of having her son in 2001 and her daughter in 2018. She eloquently describes the climates of infant feeding at both times where she was a new mum.
For Sarah, challenges feeding her eldest son led her to use formula to best protect her mental health and well-being. Later she shares how the second time around she wished to breastfeed and when that also didn't go to plan she became an exclusive expresser.
Sarah's story is littered with insightful comments about motherhood as well as some funny anecdotes from her time as a parent. Sarah also teaches transition to parenting education and does in-home consults with new mothers under her business Routachment. We are so grateful Sarah wanted to share her story with us, this one is a great listen!
Philippa shares the surprise of finding out she was having twins in her first pregnancy and the research she undertook to help be successful with feeding later on.
After a short NICU stay, Philippa talks positively about breastfeeding and puts this down to the support she had, the information she sought out and trying to be happy with the way things are going and not hard on herself if they didn't work out.
When we talked to Philippa she had made it to six months of feeding her twins are shares all the tips and tricks for how she made it work for her.
As Philippa says, it's so wonderful to hear a positive story of multiples and we're so glad she shared hers with us. Thanks Philippa!