Mama Chat Monday With - Becky Nicholson
Meet Becky Nicholson, Mama to these gorgeous twins and a qualified sleep consultant. I love being able to share a journey of a twin Mama, Thanks so much for sharing your journey Becky.
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1.Tell us the first word that comes to mind when you think of your feeding journey?
Empowering – I knew I wanted to breastfeed when the boys arrived and had started expressing colostrum from 37 weeks in-case I didn’t have enough, turns out I was a pretty good cow! A midwife tried to encourage us to tandem feed at the birth-centre but one of the boys hadn’t quite got the idea of feeding yet so I fed singularly initially.
In the day I would express after every feed and my partner would offer one baby a bottle when I fed his brother through the night to reduce the time feeding which worked well. Once I got more confident and both boys were feeding well and we got the hang of tandem feeding the time spent feeding reduced (well, it halved!).
2.What best describes the way you feed your children?
Eclectic! I breastfed the boys exclusively for the first 6 months and then returned to the workplace – I worked in an office then. I mixed fed from 6-8 months and we moved to formula full-time by 8 months.
3.Did you ever feel embarrassed bottle-feeding or breastfeeding in public?
No never, I tandem fed at home to save time but out and about that would have meant pretty much being topless so I fed individually when we were out. This could be tricky at times as one baby would always have to wait but they got used to waiting and I got better at cuddling one baby while feeding the other.
4.Are there any products that made your feeding journey easier?
A double pump and my feeding pillow, looking back now, I would have got some of the awesome feeding friendly tops so I wouldn’t have been so exposed and could have tandem fed when out with the boys.
5.What was the funniest thing that happened during your feeding journey?
The courier got more than an eyeful one morning as I was tandem feeding both boys on the couch :/
6.If you could give a new mum one piece of advice what would it be?
Relax, do the best you can and fed is best! – is that 3 bits?
7.Do you think mothers feel pressure from society regarding feeding? Yes/No If yes why?
Yes, I think we feel judged no matter what our choice, in my work now as a Baby Sleep Consultant, I speak with mums who are embarrassed that they formula feed or have had judgement from friends, family, even midwives and lactation consultants – professionals who should know better and to be kind to new mums! As long as babies are putting on weight and thriving, it doesn’t matter which way they are fed.
8.What do mums need to do more of to support other mums?
Encourage each other. Whether that’s cooking a meal for a friend with a newborn or looking after their toddler so they can get their hair done or even just complimenting a random mum you see in the street on how well they are doing!