Mama Chat Monday With - HEIDI RAWSTORN
Meet Heidi, A kiwi Mama raising her gorgeous kids Jett and Navy, beside the sea in stunning Tauranga. This Mama know's how to work out and her work out videos are amazing. If you're not following her already on Instagram you must @heidi.rawstorn. Thanks so much Heidi for sharing your journey.
1.Tell us the first words that come to mind when you think of your feeding journey?
Hard work that got easier in time
2.What best describes the way you feed your child/children?
Breastfed. I fed Jett til he was 18 months, and currently still feeding Navy at 13 months - although she is starting to self-wean, which doesn’t bother me either way.
3.Did you ever feel embarrassed bottle-feeding or breastfeeding in public?
Yes, absolutely. When Jett was little (pre 4 months) I was super conscious of breastfeeding him in public. But as time went on and I got more confident at it and less bothered. Now I’ll whip a boob out anywhere anytime to feed Navy.
4.Are there any products that made your feeding journey easier?
The Haakaa pump. I only found this when pregnant with Navy. I found that it was super helpful when my boobs were engorged in the first month or two of establishing feeding. It helped to take some of the pressure out of very full boobs and to catch the excess milk that would leak out when Navy was feeding on the opposite side.
5.What was the funniest thing that happened during your feeding journey?
Sitting in a cafe breastfeeding Jett at about 12 months and being so deep in conversation that I had no idea he had totally unlatched and my whole boob was on display to the rest of the cafe. HAHA!
6.If you could give a new mum one piece of advice what would it be?
Get your newborn baby checked for a tongue and lip tie. Not by someone who “doesn’t believe they are a thing” but by a qualified Lactation Consultant who can show you what your child does or doesn’t have, backed up by medical fact and pictures. In the Bay of Plenty, I highly recommend Trudy Hart. (**take that out if you don’t want recommendations in there)
7.Do you think mothers feel pressure from society regarding feeding? Yes/No If yes why?
Definitely! Because it’s everywhere in this day and age, pressure all over the show! Pressure not to show any boob, but to breastfeed. The pressure that if you don’t breastfeed you’re labelled. Pressure not to feed in public. Pressure to get baby on a feeding schedule. Pressure to use X or Y formula. Pressure to persist with breastfeeding even though it may be causing physical harm to mother and/or baby. Pressure to use formula to get some extra sleep. I could go on and on.
8.What do mums need to do more of to support other mums?
Stop comparing each other, in person, and on social media. Accept yourself as being awesome and just do you! Be positive towards the way other Mum’s choose to do life and raise their children, even if you don’t totally agree.
A massive thank you to Heidi Rawston for sharing your journeys.