Mama Chat Monday With - Samantha Freeth
Meet Samantha Freeth, Mama to Jaxon and Logan, raising her gorgeous kids in Whitianga NZ. Thanks so much for sharing your journey.
1.Tell us the first word that comes to mind when you think of your feeding journey?
Long if I'm completely honest. I breastfed my first for a year and lost a child at 16 weeks shortly after his first birthday - amazingly I was one of the few that never lost my milk after finishing breastfeeding and the doctors think that was due to losing a baby so far in while already breastfeeding. No pills or remedies helped at all. Fast forward 5 years and I'm 7 months in to exclusively breastfeeding my third child.
2.What best describes the way you feed your children?
On demand - they know when they are hungry, I've never held off feeding if they have wanted too.
3.Did you ever feel embarrassed bottle-feeding or breastfeeding in public?
Yes! Purley because I often find males, in particular, don't know where to look and can make it a bit awkward
4.Are there any products that made your feeding journey easier?
The nude alchemist's milk elixir
5.What was the funniest thing that happened during your feeding journey?
Answering the door with a boob still out 🤣 the postman got a big surprise
6.If you could give a new mum one piece of advice what would it be?
Fed is best - as long as your baby is fed regardless of whether its breast milk or formula ignore the pressure and stigma from society
7.Do you think mothers feel pressure from society regarding feeding? Yes/No If yes why?
Yes - my brother's girlfriend is a journalist and has been recently covering this topic in her stories - apparently, there are all sorts of hoops to jump through if you want to formula feed your child in hospital as a newborn.
8. What do mums need to do more of to support other mums?
Just be there - check in and don't be judgemental