In this interview, one of Medela’s International Board Lactation Consultants, Kristy, chats to tandem breastfeeding mama, Maddie. She shares her amazing breastfeeding journey and the benefits to herself, baby and toddler while also addressing some challenges.
Hi, I’m Leah, a mum to two little babes, Eva (3) and a brand-new little bub August (4 weeks!)
We live in the inner west of Sydney. My pregnancies with Eva and August were so different. With Eva, I was pretty well most of the time (once I got through the first trimester). But, with August I was sick for the first 4-5 months! I also got to nearly 42 weeks with both babies.
Time sure flies when you’re a mother to a newborn. I can’t believe my baby is already two months old. It’s surreal to watch him grow every day and begin new movements such as cooing, babbling and simply moving his arms and legs. I’ve started to log Jordan’s actions and behaviours in a diary, which is great for following the growing stages of life.
Firstly, let me share a little about my breastfeeding journey the first time around with Christie. As a first-time mum, I struggled the first two weeks with breastfeeding and latching done correctly so that it would be comfortable for both of us.
Throughout my pregnancy, we have been speaking to our first born, Christie, about what’s happening. We explained how my tummy will be growing and how she will soon have a baby brother. We explained to her the process of when it’s time to have the baby, what’s going to happen, what her role will be and where she will be when it all happens.
Not every new mother has considered breastfeeding their baby, but, if you can, I say, why not?
There are so many articles on the Internet outlining the reasons why we should breastfeed our child. My own research showed me that breastmilk contains ideal nutrients for infants as it has the perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat, which helps your baby grow. I also discovered that breastmilk is easy for bub to digest compared to infant formula, which is great to know.
We like to introduce you to new mum, Livia. She’s a Sydney-based mama and beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. Over the next few months, she will be sharing her pregnancy and breastfeeding journey as a first time mum to the beautiful baby Jordan.
Hello, I’m Georgina of Wool and Willow, a 2nd time round Mumma to our gorgeous little boy, Andrew. I also have a daughter Christie who is almost four years old now.