Public breastfeeding series

Happy 11 months to my beautiful, smart, charismatic baby girl. 

With that being said I get asked at least two times a day ‘when are you going to stop breastfeeding’. Last week we got interviewed by channel 5 regarding public breastfeeding in honour of The Big Breastfeeding Cafe. So this week I decided that everywhere I go I would make the conscious effort to unapologetically publicly breastfeed (light work because Taliyah loves a boob on the go) and photograph the moment. 

Our first public breastfeeding session this week took us to the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square. After a long afternoon of Taliyah getting so much knowledge from all the beautiful pieces of art she was pooped. So we found a  seating spot outside one of the galleries and nursed to nap time. It was very fuss free and no one stopped and stared, which makes sense as there was so much provocative art. Surely feeding your child liquid gold cannot make you feel uneasy in that environment. 
Our second public breastfeeding session took place on the London Underground! Now this was a bit more difficult as we couldn’t just slip off to a corner, it’s literally you face me I face you vibe! Luckily for anyone else’s uncomfort my fiancé was sat opposite me. This time round Taliyah was thirsty and a bit peckish on a tedious journey from south London to north. So who could blame her for wanting a little pick me up. It wasn’t as easy nursing on the train as it was moving and space was limited and as you can see Taliyah loves a gymnastics whilst eating.

Our third public breastfeeding session took us to the park. Now when Taliyah was first born and we finally went out we went to the park and we nursed but it was a totally different experience for us. Then we had a nursing blanket covering us, we were sat away from everyone and really tried to be discreet. This time round we had no cover (I mean who hides themselves whilst they eat?). We didn’t go to a tiny corner away from everyone and we didn’t try to be discreet. This is because breastfeeding your child is the most natural thing you can do. 

As corny as it may sound it feels like such an accomplishment to be able to nurture a child with the liquid gold my body produces. 

The fact that it has so many nutrients that help with the growth and development of my daughter is just amazing to me. The fact that it is a natural comfort and stress reliever for bubs makes me so happy. 

A lot of mothers feel that they have to wean their babies off breastmilk once they hit the 6 month mark, but that isn’t the case. Breastfeeding after 6 months still has a lot of benefits; liquid gold carries antibodies and still has immunologic factors. This can be even more important from 6 months and beyond when bubs are exposed to much more illness and infection as they get out and about more. What I do love most is the wonderful bond that breastfeeding creates between me and my baby. 

My tips for nursing mums:

  • Don’t feel pressured to stop breastfeeding your child at anytime, your baby and your body
  • Do not question if baby is getting enough; eating a balanced diet, drinking lots of water and baby having enough wet and soil nappies will let you know
  • Do not let others question you “is he/she full” nobody knows your baby better than you (i mean they lived in you for over 9 months)
  • Do not feel that you have to top up baby with formula to “get full”, your body produces enough milk to meet your babies needs
  • If you are away from baby for more than 3 hours (Mums with babies 6 months and under) try and pump/hand express to make sure your supply is still maintained 
  • Do not feel rushed to wean baby off breastmilk
  • When breastfeeding in public do what you feel comfortable doing with or without a cover (chances are your bubs wants to stare lovingly into your eyes and will yank the cover off)

Here are some pictures of my amazing exclusively breastfed 11 month old baby:

– Mrs B

The Big Breastfeeding Cafe

If you’ve followed my motherhood journey for the last 10 months you’ll know I’m very much a breastfeeding advocate. So I was definitely first in line on the invite list for my first experience of The Big Breastfeeding Cafe.cupcakes: @what_sarah_bakes

The Big Breastfeeding Cafe was created by Medela UK alongside Bumppr as what I would call more an inniative as opposed to an event. At the cafe Mums join together to chat all things breastfeeding, share experiences and support each other over a cuppa and some tasty treats (the bubbas favourite part). The boobie cupcakes by @what_sarah_bakes went down a treat with our bubbas, no nipple confusion as they washed down these tasty cupcakes with non other than their liquid gold! 

This year was my first time in attendance and I was excited that Boo.bsmoothie was hosting it in Stratford. I have previously used the amazing powder lactation smoothie products when tt was having a major growth spurt and I needed a little boost. The smoothies were easy to make and even more easy to consume.

#TheBigBreastfeedingCafe took place in Gerrys Kitchen in Stratford which was a lovely location. There were lots of sofas, cushions and space which is always ideal when it comes to mummy and baby events.

What I loved most about the event was that it was created by knowledgeable professionals and it is always lovely to have that support from the bigger corporations. The fact that Medela and Bumppr are just as passionate about breastfeeding really helps to push awareness about public breastfeeding. The event was a nice lovely get together with nursing Mums with babies aged from newborn right up to 3 years old supporting one another. We were able to discuss, share stories and just seeing another mother nursing publicly and not being made to feel embarrassed or ashamed was beautiful.

What pushed the boat out even more about the event was that it was covered by Channel 5 News, which was amazing as breastfeeding publicly is always a topic that is shyed away or seen as taboo. Which is very disappointing because let’s be real a lot of us have been breastfed as babies so it’s disheartening that mothers are made to feel anything other than empowered when nursing their little ones. I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the Channel 5 news crew. Here I spoke about the fact that I’ve become very confident in publicly breastfeeding and the fact that even on the journey to the event I was breastfeeding my princess on the bus (I did get a few stares but when hunger is calling a girl has got to eat).

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I am very happy that I was able to speak about my public breastfeeding experience on a platform that is viewed by the nation. It was an amazing experience meeting other like minded mums and hopefully events like this really help open the nations  perceptions about mothers publicly breastfeeding their little ones.

UK breastfeeding statistics:

  • A study last year found that the UK have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world with only 1 in 200 mothers breastfeeding after their child’s 1st birthday (I’m definitely going to be that 1 this year lol)
  • A PHE survey found that women were not only embarrassed about publicly breastfeeding but 59% (partners family) and 49% (wider family members such as siblings)
  • A survey of 500 women by PHE found that mothers breastfeeding fears were 74% (it would be painful) and 71% (it would prevent them taking medication 

Breastfeeding facts:

  • Public health England recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, because it boosts the babies ability to fight illness and infection
  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding should form part of a baby’s diet up to two years
  • Breastfeeding reduces the likelihood of babies getting diarrhoea and respiratory infections
  • Breastfeeding lowers a mothers risk of ovarian cancer and burns up to 500 calories a day

With all those amazing facts I for one couldn’t imagine not being able to breastfeed my princess, and in the words of Boo.bSmoothie owner #keepmilkingmama

– Mrs B

Busy bee 

Been mia a while with lots of traditional wedding prep, filming for The Sun social media and becoming an official product tester for the amazing company Kidly.

Amongst all of that Taliyah is hitting major milestones which just makes my heart melt inside at how fast she’s growing.


10 month milestones:

  • Say da-da confidently at daddy
  • Say na-na at grandma
  • Clap my hands together
  • Walk confidently with my walker
  • Climb down from my parents bed
  • Climb down from the sofa, and climb up onto the sofa
  • Walk with mummy holding my hand
  • Coasting across any table, sofa, chair ledge
  • Suck juice from a straw
  • I love playing at the ball pits at soft play

  

Mummy’s milestones:

  • The Sun Social media Project:

Myself and an amazing mummy blogger Katrina got the opportunity to film mini webisodes for The Sun newspaper social media. It involved us talking about various different topics as mothers, varying from our new mum life, travelling, me time, other mothers who inspire us etc. It has been an amazing experience as I got to be on set behind cameras and watch footage get edited which is something different from my everyday life as a mother. It was also amazing as I was able to give my raw, uncut opinions as well as advice as being a mother in modern day society.

So far three of the episodes are out and can be viewed on the links below:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

  • The Parent Test 

I am an official parent tester and reviewer for an amazing company called Kidly. Kidly is an awesome online shopping experience for your 0-4s. They help you discover unique, useful, extraordinary things by bringing them together in one place. They stock a variety of different brands. 

Each product they sell on their site is tested out by a real mom/day and child. This is where my role steps in, I get to give honest reviews on various products before they are put out to purchase to the other wonderful moms and dads.

What I love most about this company is that they have so many unique products and they have an online live help system. This is perfect for first parents who don’t really know what they are looking for.

Kidly is an amazing company and I am super excited to be apart of The Parent Test programme, were I am able to give honest and real opinions about products before they go out on the market.

– Mrs B