Breastfeeding is a tough gigCaroline Fenton
Breastfeeding is a tough gig, hey?! For any mama who has birthed a child… we salute you. To then educate yourself, attempt the art, and maybe even then persevere with the ups and downs of breastfeeding… amazing. All along with the anxiety, worry, sleepless nights, sleepless days, and often loneliness that comes with the title of ‘mum’. Mums… ‘A brave a fearless group of women’. Damn right!
We would love to introduce you to the lovely Jessica, a brave and fearless woman indeed. Pyjama days, brelfie fails and chocolate indulgence, she remind me of myself!! Jessica has lived and breathed the art of feeding her two little cherubs. Through her journey, she has opened up to share her experiences and created a haven for new mums to delve into. A little retreat of all her research in one place… First In Breast Dressed.
Without further ado…
1. Who is @firstinbreastdressed?
First in Breast Dressed, for now, is Me… Jess! Mum to two boys, and wife to one. I have been many things over the years but Mum and Physiotherapist are my two most recent titles.
2. Can you describe your biz in 3 words…
Passionate, Supportive and Nurturing
3. Why do you do what you do?
This idea was born off my love of breastfeeding and my frustration at it not going to plan! I had my head buried in books and blogs to try and figure out ways to improve my supply latch, weight of my baby and realised the information I had learnt would be useful in one place. I love to help others, but don’t yet have the title of Lactation Consultant. Compiling resources is one way I can impart knowledge and try to help others journeys be that little bit easier.
4. What have been your best biz moments so far?
One Mumma commented on one of my shared blogs “Thank you for sharing” to her friend “this gives me hope”. It is lovely to have Mums supporting each other through the Breast Dressed network.
“Thank you for sharing… this gives me hope”
5. What does a typical day look like for you?
Pyjamas and breastfeeding! We try to get out and about when we can. My eldest loves cafes and sushi, swimming and looking in the toy shops. I’m a pretty rubbish housewife so some cleaning, but not much, and usually sitting down with the phone or computer to try to catch up on emails or blogging at sleep times… if that happens!
6. What’s your ‘me time’ go to?
Yoga is my absolute favourite and essential escape, but also reading and knitting.
7. What’s your favourite day of the week, and why?
Friday! We tend to relax and mum and boys on a Friday, then it is movie night once Mr Breast Dressed gets home. I also know we are headed in to the weekend! FRIYAY indeedy!!
8. What does your perfect date night (or day!) look like?
A beautiful breakfast overlooking the river, with awesome food and a cheeky mocktail, then off to the day spa for a couples massage. Then home to watch a tv series on Netflix! It hasn’t happened yet, but one day!
9. Can you give us a favourite quote?
“Pay the price and be proud you’ve paid it, that’s what I reckon”
This is a quote from John Marsden’s Tomorrow When the War Began. It is the one that has stuck with me since I very first read that book. To me it is about sacrifice and what you are willing to give up for what you believe in.
10. Any ‘mum fails’ you’d like to let us in on?
Dropping the phone on Little D’s head whilst trying to take a brelfie; getting locked in the walk in robe by L with Mr Breast Dressed in the shower and Little D crying on the other side; Probably the biggest one was not trusting my instincts and force feeding L bottles after breastfeeds to the point he resented being fed. The experts told me he wasn’t gaining sufficient weight, I listened and pushed bottles on a baby who clear as day didn’t want them. Once he was big enough for solids he flat out refused to be fed anymore, he still doesn’t have a great appetite.
Breastfeeding is a tough gig…
You can find Jessica at www.firstinbreastdressed.com
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