World Breastfeeding Week 2019, by Jennifer Hurrell
Have you ever had a moment where you’ve wondered how your kids got to be so funny? So blunt? Innocently misunderstanding things that leave you either standing there dumbfounded, in awe or in hysterics laughing?
I had this moment when my two year old was being quite cheeky and I wasn’t sure if she was telling the truth. I calmly asked her: ‘Are you lying?’ In which she innocently and truthfully replied, ‘No mummy, I’m sitting!’
So I asked some friends and family what they have heard from their kids that left them speechless, and here they are!
Today was a hard day. A long, tedious, hard day.
Both of our children have been sick with colds that have involved non-stop running noses, coughs, sleepless nights (well, more sleepless than usual) and whatever other aches and pains that a 14 month old just can’t tell us.
We see you.
We know you think it’s your fault, because you’re the mum, so if they can’t sleep you must be doing something wrong.
We see you.
We know that when you share with others why you’re so tired, you are bombarded with advice. You have to politely show interest and say, ‘Yeah, I’ll give that a go.’ But we know you already tried that.
I am a huge footy fan and a breastfeeding supporter, so you can imagine my excitement when I came across this photo of Ben Brown, AFL player for North Melbourne and his wife Hester with their newborn baby. I was so excited I might have squealed out loud!
Image credit: Fred+Hannah Photography
I’ve been doing that thing. You know, that thing I go through every few months. 'I’m going to get fit', I say! I’m going to eat better! I will not eat another family bag of M&Ms, to myself! (I say as I literally pop a few in my mouth).
I joined an online exercise program. One for mums. I was excited! I was motivated! And to be honest really enjoying it for the 4 days that I’ve been trying.
Sometimes you feel like feeding your baby is your role and yours alone. You’re the one physically supplying the milk when you’re a breastfeeding mum, so that job can, at times, bear weight on your shoulders.
But when you have a partner or support person who encourages you and supports you in your decision, the role becomes lighter, more enjoyable and more doable! You know you’re not alone and it is indeed a team effort.
This was definitely the case for me.
In the spirit of Christmas, Kayla reflects on her own experience a few years ago. The Christmas holiday season is an exciting time. But sometimes — despite the expectations, the decorations, the planning and the reuniting of family — the reality is far more interesting and let’s be honest …a little bit funny. Well, once you look back in hindsight.
It begins with the drive
As we approach the festive season and look towards celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ABA’s National Breastfeeding Helpline, I have been thinking about how lucky we are to have an organisation on call 24/7, helping us to feed our babies.
What can often be perceived as a simple part of life can at times be very overwhelming and may come with a few challenges. However, with the right support, these can be overcome.
I’ve been drowning. Drowning in mess. Drowning in tantrums. Toddler urine. Soiled clothes. Trying to leave the house. Trying to get home in one piece. Drowning in just a few of the difficult elements of what being a mum entails.
After having my second baby and despite loving having this sweet little human in our lives, keeping my head above water with a toddler as well (not to mention those of you who have even more children) has been a new adventure.