Mama Chat Monday With Caitlyn McLeod
MAMA CHAT MONDAY meet Caitlyn, Mum to the super cute Lochlan sharing the ups and downs of her life, An inspiration to all, if you're following her you must @life.with.lochlan. Thanks for sharing your journey.
1.Tell us the first word that comes to mind when you think of your feeding journey?
The first word that comes to mind is lucky. I was told so often that I was lucky to be able to breastfeed, lucky that we breastfed for so long and sometimes it makes me feel that I didn’t work as hard as other mums to be able to breastfeed but it was still hard work. I just stuck at it through pain, over-supply and weight loss.
2.What best describes the way you feed your child/children?
Lochie was fully breastfed for 9 months, started solids at 5 months, mixed fed with breastmilk and formula for 2 months and then weaned onto formula fully. He is now eating exactly what I eat during the day and drinks cows milk before bed
3.Did you ever feel embarrassed bottle-feeding or breastfeeding in public?
I don’t believe I ever felt embarrassed breastfeeding in public. I felt a lot of embarrassment being a young mum and almost felt pressure to breastfeed in public to prove to people that a young mum can do what’s best for her child.
4.Are there any products that made your feeding journey easier?
Huggies nappies and LOTS of towels! Having over-supply issues, I would leak through breast pads every 30 mins so when I slept I would load my bra with breast pads, huggies nappies and then wrapped my chest in towels. Wasn’t very comfortable but it did the job!
5.What was the funniest thing that happened during your feeding journey?
I had a very forceful let down at every feed and when Lochie was young he couldn’t manage the force of it so would pull off. My milk would spray at least a metre from me onto the floor and whatever else got caught in its way! I had to start having face cloths on hand to catch it all once he came off the breast!
6.If you could give a new mum one piece of advice what would it be?
My advice would be to stick at it. It’s hard but so so worth it. It will hurt, you’ll want to give up, but if you have the supply then get help from you midwife, friends and family and keep going. The pain will pass and the hard work will pay off
7.Do you think mothers feel pressure from society regarding feeding? Yes/No If yes why?
Oh for sure. There is a lot of pressure for mothers to breastfeed and I think some of that pressure is good. Breastfeeding is scientifically what is best for babies up until the age of at least 6 months. In saying that, if a mother or babies health is at risk then the pressure to breastfeed needs to be put aside so that the mother can get the support and information she needs.
8.What do mums need to do more of to support other mums?
Mums need to celebrate other mums that are breastfeeding their babies rather than envy them. We need to lift each other up. We also need to support the mothers that can’t breastfeed by not shaming them. We are all doing the best we can.